Grand Central Tech is thrilled to announce the addition of a fourth program to our platform: the incredible New York Venture Fellows program.
Established by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the first class of NY Venture Fellows was announced by then-Mayor Bloomberg himself in 2010. That first class, and the many since, have included some of the top tech entrepreneurs in New York City including: Dennis Crowley (Foursquare); Rob Kalin (CEO of Etsy); Naveen Selvadurai (previously of Foursquare now a founding partner at Expa Labs); Barry Silbert (CEO of Digital Currency Group); Charles Best (DonorsChoose.org); Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa (Warby Parker), Rachael Chong (Catchafire); Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman (Rent the Runway); Scott Harrison (Charity:Water); Alexa Hirschfeld (Paperless Post); Shauna Mei (AHAlife); Bre Pettis (MakerBot); Vinicius Vacanti (Yipit); Alexa von Tobel (LearnVest); Adam Braun (Pencils of Promise); Carter Cleveland (Art.sy); Jason Freedman (42Floors); Riggs Kubiak (Honest Buildings); Zach Sims (codecademy); Adam Sager (Canary); Andy Katz-Mayfield (Harry’s); Adam Enbar (The Flatiron School); Kathryn Minshew (The Muse); Shan-Lyn Ma (Zola); Matt Lieber (Gimlet Media); Marcela Sapone (Hello Alfred); Jennifer Rubio (Away); Alan Tisch (Spring); Andras Forgacs (Modern Meadow); Dan Teran (Managed by Q); Jocelyn Leavitt (Hopscotch); Peter Lurie (Mast); Adam Price (Homer); and many more.
As impressive as its participants have been, in the years since NYVF’s inception two key things have changed:
- The tech sector itself has matured considerably, and
- Several other programs have launched to support and work with these same entrepreneurs and others just like them, not least of which accelerators like Grand Central Tech’s.
With so many more resources at hand, and constant, physical hubs at which to locate one’s business or collaborate with others, the value proposition of NYVF’s primarily virtual programming has diminished somewhat. However, NYVF still remains one of the more highly regarded accolades one can achieve in NYC tech. The shot in the arm NYVF needs is a vibrant home that can easily and routinely support and lend value to gatherings of Fellows past and present. As the new custodian of the New York Venture Fellows Program, we intend to be that home and to revive and unlock the considerable value that still resides within NYVF.
Expect to hear much more in the coming weeks about New York Venture Fellows as we transition management of the program, and shake up how NYVF operates…
In the meantime, Visit the New York Venture Fellows website to learn more.