NYU Stern

NYU's seed-stage venture capital fund invests exclusively in startups founded by, and/or commercializing technologies and intellectual property developed by current NYU students, faculty, and researchers. The Fund will provide needed capital, contacts with the entrepreneurial and venture communities, and just as important, practical management and marketing expertise to transform NYU ideas and inventions into successful, growing companies. The Fund makes approximately three to four investments per year in partnership with other angel investors and seed/venture capital funds. The Fund will recycle investment returns from the successful sale of portfolio companies back into the University to finance further research and future ventures.

Dee Dao

Venture Associate

Sergei Revzin

Venture Associate

Frank Rimalovski

Executive Director

26 past transactions

Tagasauris, Inc.

Seed Round in 2011
Tagasauris, Inc. operates a data platform for visual content. It creates and publishes content-aware and relationship-aware metadata for images and video; and also works with clients and partners on photolytics and reach/SEO. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in New York, New York.

Brooklinen

Seed Round in 2014
Brooklinen Inc. produces and distributes luxury bedding and bath products. It offers sheets, towels, comforters, pillows, bath accessories, loungewear, blankets, and accessories. The company sells its products through its retail stores and online retailers, as well as through its online store. Brooklinen Inc. was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Vidcode

Seed Round in 2016
Vidcode is an award-winning software that teaches students computer programming through their favorite hobby: video-making. Project-oriented lessons allow students to create memes, video filters, interactive games, virtual reality and beyond with real programming languages. Vidcode offers full semester coding courses that prepare students for AP CS. Voted Best Learning Site 2015 by Common Sense Media

PainQx

Private Placement in 2017
PainQx is a diagnostic/software company that has developed a next generation approach to objectively measure pain in humans. The PainQx platform achieves this by assessing neural activity from a patient’s brain and processing and decoding the data through proprietary algorithms. The output is a scaled pain and neurological side effects biomarker that is directly correlated to a patient’s pain state. The PainQx system is currently being used as a clinical assessment tool by companies using pain as a primary or secondary clinical end point to measure their drug’s and/or device’s efficacy.

Framed Data

Seed Round in 2014
Framed Data takes data from businesses and turns it into actionable insights and decisions. They train, optimize, and store productionized models in their cloud and provide predictions through an API, eliminating infrastructure overhead. They provide dashboards and scenario analysis tools that tell you which company levers are driving metrics you care about.

numberFire

Seed Round in 2012
numberFire, Inc. is an online application service that applies quantitative analysis and statistical reasoning to the world of fantasy football. The company enables users to browse around for players, read the forums for advice, take the daily poll, or create a team. It also evaluates games and situations to find comparable situations. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in New York, New York. As of August 19, 2015, numberFire, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of FanDuel, Inc.

Opentrons

Seed Round in 2016
OpenTrons is a developer of a pipetting robot technology designed to automate experiments. The company's technology is automated laboratory equipment that automates experiments by using Python language, enabling scientific researchers to make the process faster and less tiresome.

KitSplit Inc.

Private Placement in 2018
KitSplit Inc. operates an online camera rental marketplace. Its marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of equipment, including rental houses, production companies, and individuals; helps filmmakers, photographers, and artists to get the gear, including cameras, lenses, audio products, lighting, drones, VR and edge technology products, tripods and support equipment, camera accessories, and more; and enables equipment owners to make money renting out the gear when they're not using it. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Fondu

Seed Round in 2011
Fondu (formerly SpotOn) was a community for sharing bite-sized reviews about places to eat and drink. Users wrote a short review of places they visited and gave it a rating of 1-4 "petals" that got pushed to their followers in the community. After launching SpotOn as an NYC only beta at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in May, the team spent a lot of time refining the recommendation engine and testing with users. Based on extensive user feedback, the team decided to evolve their product into a social network for bite-sized reviews and renamed the company to Fondu. Fondu was acquired by [Airbnb] (http://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-buys-fondu-2012-10) in 2012

Vengo Labs LLC

Seed Round in 2013
Vengo is a software and media company that engages consumers and collects data by combining interactive digital media with point-of-purchase. Selected from 270 companies as "NYC Next Idea 2012," Vengo's next-generation vending machines enable brands such as Trident, Snapple, Dentyne, and Sour Patch Kids to re-engage consumers while generating attractive unit economics (expect six-month payback on new units). Vengo already has established partnerships with Mondelez (one of the largest snack food companies), Snapple, Verizon, CC Vending (second-largest NYC vending machine provider), and Creative Mobile Technologies (NYC taxis). Vengo was founded in 2012 and headquartered in Long Island City, New York.

Kinvolved

Seed Round in 2015
Kinvolved is a developer of a social enterprise platform designed to improve student attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. The company's platform combines web, mobile and tablet technology tools with expert consulting and community engagement events, enabling schools to increase funding, create more economically viable communities and improve graduation rates.

Pepper

Private Placement in 2020
Pepper is the direct-to-consumer bra brand that focuses on creating bras that are designed specifically for women that are size AA, A, and B.

Clarifai

Series C in 2021
Clarifai provides advanced image recognition systems for customers to detect near-duplicates and visual searches. Clarifai’s image recognition systems recognize various categories, objects, and tags in images, as well as find similar images. The company’s image recognition systems allow its users to find similar images in large uncategorized repositories using a combination of semantic and visual similarities. Clarifai was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, United States.

Clarifai

Series A in 2015
Clarifai provides advanced image recognition systems for customers to detect near-duplicates and visual searches. Clarifai’s image recognition systems recognize various categories, objects, and tags in images, as well as find similar images. The company’s image recognition systems allow its users to find similar images in large uncategorized repositories using a combination of semantic and visual similarities. Clarifai was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in New York, United States.

PainQx

Venture Round in 2017
PainQx is a diagnostic/software company that has developed a next generation approach to objectively measure pain in humans. The PainQx platform achieves this by assessing neural activity from a patient’s brain and processing and decoding the data through proprietary algorithms. The output is a scaled pain and neurological side effects biomarker that is directly correlated to a patient’s pain state. The PainQx system is currently being used as a clinical assessment tool by companies using pain as a primary or secondary clinical end point to measure their drug’s and/or device’s efficacy.

PainQx

Seed Round in 2017
PainQx is a diagnostic/software company that has developed a next generation approach to objectively measure pain in humans. The PainQx platform achieves this by assessing neural activity from a patient’s brain and processing and decoding the data through proprietary algorithms. The output is a scaled pain and neurological side effects biomarker that is directly correlated to a patient’s pain state. The PainQx system is currently being used as a clinical assessment tool by companies using pain as a primary or secondary clinical end point to measure their drug’s and/or device’s efficacy.

Revelio Labs

Seed Round in 2021
Revelio Labs provides an in-depth view of the workforces of companies around the world. The company leverages advancements in AI technologies to turn hundreds of millions of online profiles, resumes, and job postings into clear insights. Its clients include: corporate strategists, HR, VCs, and investors.

Keen Home

Seed Round in 2014
Keen Home develops proactive hardware and software products to protect and enhance your home's core systems. Keen Home’s products provide homeowners with increased comfort, improved efficiency, and a better maintained home. The company’s first product, the Smart Vent, seamlessly controls a home’s heating/cooling airflow on a room-by-room level, resulting in improved comfort and efficiency. The Smart Vent launched in Lowe’s Home Centers in November 2015 and began shipping direct to customers in January 2016. Keen Home’s software platform will serve as the world’s first proactive home health dashboard while offering partners data for lead generation, actuarial insight for risk pricing, and control for peak load management. Keen Home was founded by Ryan Fant, Nayeem Hussain, and Will Mcleod in 2013 and is based in New York City.

Kinvolved

Venture Round in 2020
Kinvolved is a developer of a social enterprise platform designed to improve student attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. The company's platform combines web, mobile and tablet technology tools with expert consulting and community engagement events, enabling schools to increase funding, create more economically viable communities and improve graduation rates.

BioDigital

Series A in 2013
BioDigital Systems LLC develops biomedical visualization systems to improve training, communication, and the interpretation of medical information. The company specializes in 3D animation, training environments, and medical information systems. It offers BioDigital Human, a cloud-based, 3D human visualization platform platform that virtually explores the human body and offers real-time interactive training programs for anatomy, disease, medical devices, and treatments/surgical procedures; device emulators/computer based simulators for physicians and trainees to practice their skills and techniques; and information systems that enable the collection, storage, analysis, and visualization of medical data that is used by scientists, hospital staff, and patients. The company also provides data visualization systems, multimedia modules, imaging reconstruction systems, and open-source cancer data management systems. It provides biomedical information more accessible for a diverse list of clients, including hospitals, biotech and medical device companies, pharmaceuticals, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and students. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in New York, New York.

TB Biosciences

Series A in 2013
TB Biosciences, Inc. is an early stage development medical diagnostics company founded in June 2013 to develop a rapid point-of-care tuberculosis test that meets performance standards around the world. The goal of TB Biosciences is to commercialize a simple to operate and use tuberculosis test that replaces the 125 year old sputum smear test. The Company is using an array of patented peptides developed and exclusively licensed from the NYU School of Medicine.

KitSplit Inc.

Seed Round in 2018
KitSplit Inc. operates an online camera rental marketplace. Its marketplace connects creative professionals with owners of equipment, including rental houses, production companies, and individuals; helps filmmakers, photographers, and artists to get the gear, including cameras, lenses, audio products, lighting, drones, VR and edge technology products, tripods and support equipment, camera accessories, and more; and enables equipment owners to make money renting out the gear when they're not using it. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Orca Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Venture Round in 2014
Orca Pharmaceuticals Ltd. operates as a biotechnology company that develops oral drugs for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. It develops pathogenic Th17 cells and innate lymphoid cells for correcting imbalances in pathogenic T cells and regulatory T cells in autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Abingdon, United Kingdom.

TakeOne

Seed Round in 2020
For employers and project based workforces who work in media production, Wrapbook provides digital profiles that facilitate onboarding, paying and insuring workforces compliantly. Unlike traditional payroll, Wrapbook is easy to use, fast to wrap, and costs less. Wrapbook is enabling the world's very best creative work by empowering producers, creative directors, HR teams & accountants -- and talented cast and crew -- to focus on their great work and less on complex systems and the burdens of compliance & expensive transactional costs.

Pepper

Seed Round in 2020
Pepper is the direct-to-consumer bra brand that focuses on creating bras that are designed specifically for women that are size AA, A, and B.