AI NexusLab

A bespoke accelerator program from the Future Labs at NYU Tandon

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Deadline to apply for our next AI cohort is May 3rd, 2017 (program begins July 10th)

"NexusLab is an outlier in the incubator/accelerator space: small-batch, product oriented, with a very relevant set of mentors and a truly committed and helpful team. Before the program was even over, we were able to raise additional capital. NexusLab is a no-brainer for startups from all around the world."

Pablo Martinez, Founder/CEO, Klustera

Our History

Founded in 2009 as a partnership between NYU and the city of New York, the Future Labs are the longest running technology incubator in New York City. Over the past eight years, the Future Labs have graduated over 70 companies with a total valuation surpassing a billion dollars. Successes include firms such as CB Insights,, and Geometric Intelligence (acquired by Uber).

Open to all seed stage startups (not limited to NYU) and boasting an unprecedented graduate survival rate close to 90%, with locations in Soho, DUMBO, and an upcoming veterans focused space in Industry City, the Future Labs have established itself as the city’s premier technology acceleration and commercialization hub.

"On day one of joining the NexusLab, we knew we’d made the right choice for our company. The program is set-up to give each member company what it needs based on where they are right now and at no moment do you get the sense that you’re part of an assembly line. From the thoughtful choice of mentors to the above-and-beyond that everyone on the NexusLab / Future Labs staff goes to increase your chances for success, you’d be hard pressed to find a better program for startups like ours.
We had nearly gone with a more well known program but from the moment we walked through the front door we haven’t questioned for even a moment that we made the right call."

Michael Bishop, co-founder/CTO, Alpha Vertex

The NexusLab Difference

Launched from the success of the Future Labs, which fosters companies over a 12-24 month period, the NexusLab is a four-month acceleration program that is tailored to the specific needs of each individual team in the cohort. Unlike typical accelerators which rely on a rigid curriculum, and take a quantity over quality approach, the NexusLab doesn’t lock startups into any set cookie cutter program or force founders to meet with an endless array of uninvolved mentors. Instead, our mentors are chosen specifically for each program, and in some cases each team, and stay involved with you over the course of the entire program. This gives you the opportunity to build a relationship with them and makes them more invested in your success. We recognize that your time is best spent building your company, and our long term relationship based mentor model is the best way to move you closer to your goals while saving you from meetings and mentors that are irrelevant and unnecessary.

Each cohort is limited to a small number of startups - no more than seven per class - and is focused on a particular segment of technology (AI, AR/VR, or Cyber Security). This allows us to bring in only the most pertinent and committed mentors and provide a level of support that is simply not possible at unfocused, large class, accelerator programs. We believe the needs of each startup are unique and any attempt to address those needs as part of a generic curriculum is ineffective and a waste of your time.

The NexusLab ethos is deceptively simple. We strive to get you the specific resources and guidance that you need, when you need it.

"The NexusLab program far exceeded our expectations. It has provided us with valuable business connections, computing resources, and insights on how to run a startup. Both Francisco and Steve's experience and knowledge have been a tremendous help in getting our startup onto a fast track. NYU's resources have been there every step along the way. We'd recommend the experience to every startup interested in jump starting their growth."

Dr. James Fan, Founder/CEO HelloVera.AI

Program Details

In exchange for 8% equity, companies will receive a $100,000 investment. NexusLab cohorts run for four months and program benefits include over $400K worth of services including support from our in-house designer, legal and intellectual-property consulting by Lowenstein Sandler, credits from Amazon Web Services, IBM/SoftLayer, and others, and a student fellow from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Additionally, every cohort is taken on a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet with our investor and entrepreneur network in Silicon Valley. As with the rest of the program, we believe this type of focused capstone better serves our companies over a standard pitch-based demo day which is not conducive to meeting the right investors.

Deadline to apply for our next AI cohort is May 3rd, 2017

(program begins July 10th)

If you have any additional questions contact

"The NexusLab helped us land a pilot program with Daimler (Mercedes-Benz​). It has been an absolute game changer for our company."

Miika Pera founder/CEO, Cambrian Intelligence


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