Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

From first-years through faculty — our engineers jump in, turning inspiration into applications, technology, and services that can compete in the market and improve the world.

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Invention, innovation, entrepreneurship:
They're core to both academics and research at NYU Tandon.


The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon) aims to empower faculty to become thought leaders in scholarly and educational activities around invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship and to educate its students to become innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers in addition to technology-savvy engineers.

IIIE@Tandon serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship into its academic culture. 

The IIIE will realize its mission through a wide range of activities such as:

  • Serving as a one-stop-shop for all school-wide activities that promote invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Generating a nurturing environment for the translation of science and engineering breakthroughs into new technologies, products, and processes in service to society
  • Exploring new learning opportunities, like the Engineering Innovation Minor, that will provide students with the basic knowledge and experience of entrepreneurial thinking
  • Connecting faculty and students with the NYU Tandon Future Labs, the NexusLabsPowerbridgeNYNYCRIN as well as with innovation- and entrepreneurship-related activities across all of NYU
  • Linking the NYU Tandon community to the broader NYC technology ecosystem through hackathons, workshops, competitions, guest lectures, and tech talks

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NYU Tandon Initiatives


Innovate, collaborate, iterate, create: the NYU Tandon MakerSpace is 10,000 square feet of opportunity.

NYU-Wide Initiatives

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (EI) and the Leslie eLab
leads NYU-wide initiatives to launch successful startups and commercialize technology created by the NYU community. The EI team of startup experts offers educational programming and events and helps identify funding opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Tech Venture Program
will fund and support technology commercialization by teams of NYU faculty, Ph.D. students, postdocs, and researchers. Participating teams are eligible to receive grant funding of over $50,000.

Technology Opportunities & Ventures 
manages all activities relating to the protection and commercial promotion of inventions made at New York University.

Endless Frontier Labs
is a structured 9-month mentoring program that provides founders with resources, support, and advice to optimize your chances for success.


NYU Competitions and Challenges

NYU Prototyping Fund

A collaborative program offered by the Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace, the Technology Management and Innovation Department, and New York City Future Manufacturing Collective (NYC-FMC) that awards teams of students up to $500 to be used to build hardware or software prototypes, and connects them with the resources, tools, and mentors they need to bring their ideas to life.

Additional Competitions

New York City Business Plan Competition
The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is an annual Statewide Competition featuring student teams from all of New York State, begining with 10 regional competitions. 

Open to Brooklyn Residents