Entrepreneurship at New York University

Institute Event,
Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

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Frank Rimalovski & Dee Dao
Executive Director & Venture Principal
NYU Entrepreneurial Institute


The New York University Entrepreneurial Institute (NYU-EI) leads all university-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by NYU’s 60,000 students, faculty and researchers. It traces its roots to the launch of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in 2010. The goal is to fosters a university-wide startup ecosystem that encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration, accelerates innovation, and cultivates the next generation of startup leaders. A team of startup experts offers educational programming and events, industry-specific resources, and funding support to help inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs from across NYU. The NYU-EI also houses the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab, a 6,800 sq-ft space where entrepreneurs from across NYU can connect, collaborate, and explore how to turn ideas and inventions into startups. The Leslie eLab offers vast array of resources available to the NYU community.

In addition to heading the NYU-EI, Frank Rimalovski is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund which invests in early-stage NYU startups and provides coaching to NYU startups. He is a member of the national teaching team for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and an Adjunct Faculty at the NYU School of Engineering. He has been a venture capitalist for over 23 years.

Dee Dao leads investments on behalf of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in life science and healthcare and provides coaching. Prior to joining the Fund, Dee did product development and intellectual property strategy in therapeutics and diagnostics for Ludwig Cancer Research. Dee holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics & Developmental Biology from Columbia University in New York City