Citi Ventures x Parsons ELab Virtual Design Challenge Fall 2020

Participate in a virtual design challenge with Parsons ELab & Citi Ventures to help create more equitable opportunities for learning & professional development, wealth-building careers & underrepresentation in different kinds of labor. Challenge runs from October 30th – November 5th, 2020! Winning price: $750 cash prize and a day in the life of a Citi Venture team member in NYC with an amazing opportunity to meet top executives at Citi Ventures. Applications due by 11:59 AM (EST) on October 23rd, 2020. Apply here. Eligibility: This is an open call for all current New School students & alumni from a wide…

CitiVentures x Parsons ELab Design Sprint Spring 2020

The Parsons ELab and CitiVentures are hosting a brainstorming design sprint on March 11th! The day will consist of a  workshop, lunch, sharing session and a networking hour in the afternoon. The winning prize will be a day in the life of a CitiVenture team member in NYC with an amazing opportunity to meet top executives at CitiVentures and the D10X incubator. Applications due March 1st, 2020. Application available here. Only 30 spots available. UPATE: Thank you for your applications. Participants have been selected. This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.  Workshop Eligibility: This is an open call for…

ELAB Fireside chat Go Fund Yourself| Oct 10 /19

ELAB Fellows had the opportunity to pitch to these established entrepreneurs garnering valuable feedback and insights on their business development models. Shawn Nelson graduated from the University of Utah.[3] In 1995, he made his first “not-bean bag” from shredded foam camp mattresses. Nelson founded LoveSac in 1998.[4][5] He hired a few college friends who helped him produce the “sacs” until Limited Too ordered 12,000 Lovesacs. Nelson obtained the requested fabric from a factory in China.[5][6][7] He opened the first retail location in 2001.[4][8] Nelson was given the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003.[9] In 2005, Nelson appeared on Richard Branson‘s The Rebel Billionaire and won a $1 million investment.[2][6][8] He spent…

Join us for ELAB Demo Day 2019

  Join us for the ELab Demo Day 2019 as our fellows take us on the journey of how they turned their ideas into thriving business ventures. Our startups will be pitching their businesses in front of the ELab community, potential investors, mentors, advisors and future team members! Mark your calendars for final presentations from the 2019 cohort: Where: Arnhold Hall, room I202 55 West 13th Street Theresa Lang Community and Student Center When: Wed, November 20th, 8.30 AM – 11 AM Schedule: 8:30-9:00 AM: Breakfast and fellow showcase science fair style – Each team will have a table setup…

ELAB Fireside chat with Kurt Kratchman | April 5 /19

Besides sharing his vast experience creating companies, the serial entrepreneur and Global business leader Kurt Kratchman asked our fellows 3 key questions during the fireside chat: Margin (How are you making money?) Momentum (what industry/trend/momentum are you jumping on?) Flow (how is your business going to continue moving forward?) About Kurt Kratchman: GVP, Product Development, and International at Oracle Data Cloud. Global business leader with operating experience building teams in China, South East Asia, Japan, Australia, and EMEA, Kurt built and scaled several boot-strapped, private equity and venture-backed companies, among them were Grapeshot, acquired by Oracle, Blast Radius and Schematic, both acquired…

Branding session with Edward Cardimona | March 26/19

Current fellows had the fantastic opportunity to participate in the branding workshop led by Edward Cardimona, product and brand strategist, Parsons Professor, and ELAB mentor. Besides learning about the magic behind successful brands, the fellows received guidance on how to apply marketing and storytelling tools to enhance their brand´s personality and better communicate their unique qualities. About Edward Cardimona: A global change agent and creative leader spearheading strategies with an innovative vision, and executed with a highly evolved design aesthetic, and interruptive marketing expertise. Re-inventing, re-energizing, and re-engaging brands has been at the forefront of these strategies in creating global brand…

First PiNG | March 15 /19

First internal quarterly review for fellows to update each other and the ELAB team on their Progress, Needs & Goals. PiNG reviews are a great opportunity for our fellows to share with each other their progress and foster collaborations. During this PiNG, we also had the future-casting workshop Part II, in which the fellows learned tools for building  better financial projections.

Design Jam Workshop | February 16 /19

An exciting day packed with working sessions, panels and discussions with mentors. Current fellows had the opportunity to take their business to the next level by participating in a two-hour forecast session, looking at the future of their business and their surroundings to discover new business opportunities and challenges. Thanks to the high mentor attendance, we had a world cafe session with over 30 participants, where fellows, mentors and Elab Venture associates had the opportunity to share their different learnings and experiences as entrepreneurs as well as setting future meetings and alliances.

ELAB Fireside Chat with Gary Swart | Feb 27 / 19

Gary Swart is a Venture Partner investing in technology companies from our San Francisco office. He was previously the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace with more than one million clients and five million freelancers. Opening up with an introduction followed by a Q& A, our fellows got to sit and chat with Swart and run through their elevator pitches to receive feedback and insights on their business development.

ELab presents: Demo Day | November 15, 2018

Join us for ELab’s 2018 Demo Day ! Join us and find out about our fellow’s journey this past year, turning their ideas into thriving ventures. Mark your calendars for our 2018 Cohort’s final presentations at Parsons ELab 12mo Program!! It’s time for the startups to pitch their products and platforms in front of a group of investors and the ELab community.   When: Thu, November 15, 2018 | 9:30 AM Where: Parsons The New School 63 5th Avenue | UC L105 RSVP here!  The 2018 Call for ELab’s Incubator program is now open – Apply online here, deadline is October…

ELab presents: Pitch Night | October 18, 2018

Join us for ELab’s 2018 Pitch Night ! You are invited to help us select the ELab finalists on Pitch Night! The new applicants for ELab’s 2019 12-month fellowship will pitch their startup and you get to choose the winner. The jury for startup selection will consist of a panel of judges and all of YOU!. Think Shark Tank, but you’re in charge. When: Thu, October 18, 2018 | 6:00 PM Where: Parsons The New School – Eugene Lang building 65 West 11th St | Wollman Hall B500 RSVP here!  The 2018 Call for ELab’s Incubator program is now open…

ELab presents: 2019 Info Session | September 20, 2018

Join us for ELab’s 2019 Information Session! Interested in design-driven or impact entrepreneurship? Are you an alumni or will you be a recent graduate from The New School by December 2018? Have a great idea for a business, a current capstone, or school project, new idea…?  Not sure how to monetize, or what business model to use? Parsons ELab is looking for entrepreneurs interested in taking the next step in launching their business! Our 12month incubator program is committed to supporting promising startups. If you’ve ever dreamed about turning your skills, creativity and passion into a business, join the Parsons ELab…

ELab presents: Go Fund Yourself | September 13, 2018

ELab is hosting a Fireside Panel for our fellows on raising funds and growing capital: Go Fund Yourself!    Meet our panelists: For the 3rd year in a row, we are excited to announce that our own alumnus MS SDM Class of 2015 Shawn Nelson will attend and moderate the panel! Shawn founded LoveSac in 1995. He won a $1 million investment on Fox’s “Rebel Billionaire” show in 2005 and became President of Virgin Worldwide with Richard Branson’s companies for a time. Shawn grew Lovesac to a 60 store (and counting) chain with an ever expanding suite of patented furniture inventions. Lovesac was named…

Elab Alumni Spotlight: Shahrouz Varshabi, Founder of Designity

Shahrouz Varshabi is a New York-based design and technology professional and creative entrepreneur, who turned his challenge of paying his tuition, as well as gaining real-world experience through online freelance projects into an educational standard for young designers. A graduate of Design & Technology at Parsons (class’14), he founded Designity in 2015, a community of local freelance designers who complete projects under art director supervision for quality assurance and training purposes. Through the online platform, one can create their project brief, collaborate with designers in real-time, and process payments, all in one place. When he came to New York for…

The Do School, partner with Parsons ELab, Announces the Students Selected for the INNOVATE NYC 2018 Program

Parsons ELab, in its 3rd year of partnership with Do School, announces the Students Selected for the INNOVATE NYC 2018, Future Pathways Challenge   Innovate NYC is a challenge based social innovation program open to university students across New York City. It brings together diverse participants from 11 different institutions in an intense hands-on studio format leading to the development of real-world design solutions to local challenges. Rhea Alexander, director and founder of ELab, serves on the board of advisors and is a founding member of Innovate NYC in the consortium of universities. This year’s challenge is – ‘How might…