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2020 — a year of growth, innovation, resilience

This year, the NYU Data Future Lab accepted its largest cohort, expanded events and programming, tackled the pandemic, saw ~$35M in announced funding in our alumni and current portfolio, and more

Programs & Events

We welcomed a new Next Round cohort: BuyerSight, Numina, and Sproutlogix, each bringing with them powerful solutions to a lack of data in their multibillion-dollar fields.

Catalyst NYC launched in December 2020
Panelists Bilal Zuberi (Lux Capital), Damon McCoy (NYU Tandon) & Paul Cheung (Knight Foundation) speak to Tara McGowan (ACRONYM) on the market for tackling disinformation

The COVID-19 Response

In the dark days of New York turning into the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we turned to skills on hand — engineering and entrepreneurship. The NYU COVID-19 Task Force, led by Steven Kuyan (Future Labs MD), Grant Fox (Director, Veterans Future Lab), Uriel Eisen (former VFL ProtoShop Manager), worked with NYU teams, government agencies, organizations including the OpenFace PPE Project & Black 6 Project, and our committed founders, to tackle the PPE shortage — first with low-cost, easily scalable face shields (at last count, 2M+ face shields around the world have been based on or adapted from the open-source design); then with designs for the AirMOD and the AirVENT. The latter has led to a new startup in a new category of portable negative pressure environments — Aeragen.

Acquisitions

We usually talk about our companies being acquired — such as Trash, the Catalyst NYC graduate & AI-powered video-editing app, which was just acquired by photo/video editor VSCO.

Raises & Funding

Spruce, the online real estate platform and Next Round grad, raised a $29M Series B led by Scale Ventures.

Partnerships

Medivis (in Next Round) collaborated with Microsoft and Verizon on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs first 5G-enabled hospital rollout.

Awards & Accolades

Carmera and Kisi of Next Round are in the DUMBO Dozen — the DUMBO Improvement District’s roundup of game-changing companies.

Feelmore Labs’ Cove wearable (feelcove.com)

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The Future Labs at NYU Tandon offer the businesses of tomorrow a network of innovation spaces and programs that support early stage startups in New York City.