"The Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab is a 5,900-square-foot facility in the heart of the Washington Square campus where aspiring NYU entrepreneurs from across all of NYU’s schools and colleges...can meet to connect, collaborate, and tap into a vast array of resources to help develop their ideas and inventions into startup companies." (Read about Leslie eLab)
Continuing a Business Legacy
New York University's entrepreneurial legacy is remarkable, but so is its commitment to ensuring a campus entrepreneurial future. The Leslie eLab is this commitment's spatial iteration: a centrally located hotspot for mixing the creative spirits inside of NYU's 14 different schools and marshaling local innovations into today's marketplace.
Part of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, this college-level makerspace qua networking lounge contains co-working, meeting, and event rooms alongside a heavily-equipped fabrication lab, all meant to support the cross-disciplinary interaction seated at the base of twenty-first-century startups. The Leslie eLab sponsors forums, workshops, bootcamps, and a lunch series in addition to holding open hours for informal meet-ups with mentor professionals or guided experimentation with lab equipment for producing new technologies.
The brainstorming, collaboration, and product development that eLab facilities and staff make possible are all in the service of turning seeds of ideas into visible, marketable business ventures. eLab helps to provide the business- and tech-minded feedback that can shape student and faculty ambition; the networking possibilities at this center-of-campus location turn these ambitions from riskier sole undertakings into community-fostered, community-supported projects.
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