NYC Media Lab Combine

NYC Media Lab's Combine is a venture platform to advance entrepreneurship in emerging media technology. The Combine offers a lean startup accelerator for university startups, corporate intrapreneurship programs, and executive education. Its goal is to help entrepreneurs and innovative companies take advantage of NYC Media Lab's community and the City's thriving technology ecosystem. The university accelerator matches faculty and students working on new technologies emerging from universities with a lean process to advance customer discovery and business model generation. Benefits include:

Curriculum: NYC Media Lab Combine provides a structured "flipped classroom" curriculum for entrepreneurial teams. The curriculum includes video lectures, "field research" for customer discovery, and weekly presentations that show evidence of understanding of the fundamentals of market validation and business model generation. Combine teams will conduct over 100 customer interviews in the program. Teams will develop a business model canvas in the program.

Community: The cohort-based program is a major benefit of the Combine experience. Teams support and learn from each other. The commitment to the other teams in the program results in the overall success and strength of the cohort. 

Mentorship: Mentors from NYC Media Lab's network of innovation executives, faculty experts, and Combine alumni contribute to the growth and development of the Combine's startup teams. 

Funding: Teams are also awarded $10,000 in grant funding when accepted into the program. Following successful completion of the program, teams are eligible for additional follow-on grant funding.

2020 Founders' Spotlights

Student Venture Associate Irene Koo had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member and LostBytes founder Deniz Vurmaz. LostBytes is a sustainable waste tech startup that uses proprietary bio-digester machinery to produce organic fertilizer for plants.

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Student Venture Associate Irene Koo had a chance to virtually sit down with cohort member Krystal Persaud of GroupHug. GroupHug creates designer solar panels that hang in any window and charges your devices, providing users a way to be more eco-friendly.

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2020 Cohort Teams

Converts food waste to electricity as a clean energy source using a biochemical process to digest food waste efficiently.

A smart dating assistant app that uses AI to improve personalization, gamification and protection against unwanted profiles.

A wellness platform for senior citizens offering specialized content to improve their physical and mental capabilities as they age.

Eye tracking for real-time video content using machine learning in traditional (2D), VR, and AR displays to dynamically alter video content in real time and keep audiences engaged.

Eye tracking for real-time video content using machine learning in traditional (2D), VR, and AR displays to dynamically alter video content in real time and keep audiences engaged.

Interactive story discovery and writing engine that enables users to explore the vast and intricate networks of associated concepts and relevant news based on any given topic.

Developing VR and immersive experiences with AI generated content for location based theater.

Timeline

Cumulative Success Metrics

  • 4 cycles administered
  • 150 applications received
  • 42 teams accepted
  • 39 teams that received funding
  • Over $1M in funding awarded by NYC Media Lab to teams
  • Over $8M in funding awarded to teams by external sources