🤝Intro: NYC Startups <> New York’s Top Tech Students

cc: Oscar Health, GIPHY, Squarespace Inc., Kensho Technologies…..

Hi New York Tech Scene,

Hope you had a great summer (congrats on the MongoDB and Blue Apron IPOs!) and that your fall is off to a great start. I’m excited to introduce you to some of New York’s top engineering students who I’ve gotten to know through Rough Draft Ventures (RDV), General Catalyst’s student-focused program that backs founders at the university level. Each year, dozens of students reach out to RDV for help organizing visits to New York’s top startups and for advice on which companies to work for. Given how talented these students are (Penn student Bethany Davis solved one of GIPHY’s biggest engineering challenges as an intern this past summer), I knew you’d be interested in finding ways to connect with them. Below is a list of the top upcoming student treks you can participate in.

Students Tech Trek Organizers,

The work you do to organize and introduce students and get them integrated into the fabric of the New York tech scene is totally awesome. We know the process of determining which startup to work for can be daunting and disorganized, so we’re grateful you’re helping the connect the dots through the treks below. To help support your efforts, we’re excited to connect you with New York’s growing startup community, cc’ed here.

I’ll leave it to you to connect from here!

–Denali and Team RDV


JADE (Jumpstarting Aspiring Developers and Entrepreneurs)––January 7 - January 13, 2018

JADE (Jumpstarting Aspiring Developers and Entrepreneurs) is a one-week tech immersion program for first year students at Columbia University. JADE’s goal is to introduce students to the tech and startup world in New York by engaging in meaningful discussions through company visits. They are hoping to visit companies of all sizes, from all industries, and at all stages. All site visits will take place from January 7 to January 13. If you are interested in hosting the next class of JADE students, please email their organizers at jade@columbia.edu.

Freshman Circuit — Every-other-Friday afternoon September 2017 through April 2018

NYU’s Freshman Circuit is a program that was started by Tech@NYU, the university’s entrepreneurship club, to familiarize first-year students with different career opportunities in the tech industry while introducing them to peers who share similar interests. The program consists of tours to different companies big and small (they’ve toured Google, LinkedIn, Spotify, Button, Huge Inc., etc.), Q&A with the engineers, product managers etc., community events and workshops/skill building events. Interested in hosting the group? Contact Jerry Clayton at jc7465@nyu.edu

Startup Week — November 13–17, April 2018 dates TBD

NYU students present project demos at Oscar as part of NYU Startup Week 2016.

Hosted by Tech@NYU, Startup Week is a week-long conference that aims to unite members of the technology community as well as encourage more people to join it. The conference consists of a series of panels, workshops and talks held at tech companies across the city. Previous Startup Week events have included design talks with Oscar and Glossier, a panel discussion on unconventional technology career paths with GIPHY, and keynote addresses from Dennis Crowley of Foursquare, David Karp of Tumblr, and Scott Heiferman of Meetup. Interested in getting involved? Email Victoria Spann-Burton at victoria.spann@nyu.edu.

NYU Stern Tech Week — November 13 — November 17, 2017

NYU Stern Tech Week is the annual flagship technology event hosted by the Stern Technology Association at NYU Stern School of Business. The week is a conversation between MBA students and tech industry leaders about the challenges, trends, and innovations in the industry. Sessions span trends in technology and career opportunities. Their goal is to help MBA’s understand what is happening in the industry and where they can create value .Previous Tech Week events have included a panel discussion on Women in Tech featuring rising leaders at Uber, BuzzFeed, Facebook and General Catalyst and a discussion on Sales in Tech with VP of Global Advertising Sales at Amazon Seth Dallaire.

NYU Stern Tech Association Treks — flexible dates throughout the semester

Organized by the Stern Technology Association (STA), Stern’s primary technology club, NYC Club Treks aim to give students greater exposure to the breadth of technology-related career opportunities available while helping them form connections with members of the larger NYC tech community. Trek programming features visits to NYC based tech-related companies of all sizes (Google, Spotify, Facebook, Flatiron Health, Orchard Platform, etc). If you’re interested in hosting a trek at your office, please contact Rebecca Schwartz at rebecca.schwartz@stern.nyu.edu or Matt Cowsert at Matthew.Cowsert@sstern.nyu.edu.

Princeton TigerTrek — March 19 - March 24, 2018

New York TigerTrek is a trip in which 20 rigorously-selected Princeton undergraduates are offered the opportunity to visit entrepreneurial luminaries at cutting edge start ups, venture capital firms, and innovative companies. We hold closed-door only, candid conversations with each leader we meet so that Princeton students can gain valuable insight into the New York entrepreneurial culture. Please contact Theodor Marcu at tmarcu@princeton.edu for more info.

Weiss Tech House Silicon Alley Trek — April 2018 (exact date TBD)

Weiss Tech House is the University of Pennsylvania’s hub of technological innovation. Each year, the club organizes a group of students for a full day Silicon Alley trek, on an application-only basis. Previous treks have included visits to eBay, Etsy, Uber, and Bloomberg. If you’re interested in hosting students or learning more, email Saur Vasil at saurabhv@seas.upenn.edu.

Yale Entrepreneurial Society NYC Tech Trek — November 10, 2017

Each year, the Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES) hosts a tech trek, YES NY, which takes up to 20 top Yale students on tours of companies and startups in New York. Past destinations have included Spotify, Google and LinkedIn. For information on how to get involved, email Yale Entrepreneurial Society Co-President Tiana Wang at tiana.wang@yale.edu.

Yale School of Management Tech Trek — February 2018 (exact date TBD)

Each Spring, Yale MBAs participate on a trek to visit tech companies and startups in NYC. These treks provide an opportunity for students to step inside corporate headquarters and meet with members of an organization to learn more about the company, industry, and the recruiting process. For information on how to get involved, email Yale SOM’s Entrepreneurship Club leader Eleni Steinman at Eleni.Steinman@yale.edu.

CUNY x Women in Tech NY Winternships — During CUNY’s Winter Break January 2018

In an effort to open doors for more young women in the tech sector, Mayor de Blasio, Cornell Tech, and the City University of New York this year launched a new winter internship program as part of the Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in NY (WiTNY) initiative. The program, called a Winternship, will provide paid internships to up to 200 CUNY female students in their freshman or sophomore year who are studying computer science or related fields.Participating companies so far include Verizon, OATH, Accenture, Citi, Turner, AppNexus, Grand Central Tech, Bitly, Blackstone, and many others.To get involved, visit the WiTNY site here.

Brown Entrepreneurship Program NYC Trek — January 22nd — 23d, 2017

The Brown Entrepreneurship Program, the main student entrepreneurship group at Brown University focused on igniting students’ entrepreneurial spirits, is taking 30 of the most talented and entrepreneurial students from Brown and RISD to visit the startup ecosystem in NYC. The goal is to show them the great startup potential we have on the east coast. Dates are January 22nd — 23rd. If you’re interested in being a part of it, drop the organizers a line at ep@brown.edu!

Boston College TechTrekMarch 2018

TechTrek NYC is a competitively admitted, one day program at Boston College that tours technology companies and startups in New York City, with participants learning how firms go from startup to blue-chip. The trip takes place in late-March or early-April and is co-sponsored by the Information Systems Academy, the Information Systems Department, and the Shea Center for Entrepreneurship. Past firms have included Google, Twitter, Handy, Empire Angels, Rent the Runway, and ClassPass. Email Kelsey Kinton at kintonk@bc.edu


Did we miss something? Email denali@roughdraft.vc and we’ll add your trek to the post!