Workshop #1: Startup Law 101

The Fellows Workshop Series   What: What startups need to know about IP, copyrights and incorporation Who: Aaron J Wright from Cardozo Law Where:  LMHQ  – Tesla room When: on Dec 3d at 6pm Fellows, we offer you by special invite only, Aaron Wright Cardozo Law professor who will inform you about the legalities around starting up, what you need to know and wish you had known. Attend this workshop at LMHQ on the 3rd of December. Come in with your ideas, questions, and curious spirits to delve into the rigors of incorporating copyrights and intellectual property. This event will…

Calling Designers: Application Deadline to 30 Weeks, Google’s Design Incubator: December 11

“Calling all designers! Apply for 30 Weeks, a new design incubator supported by Google in partnership with SVA, Parsons, Pratt, The Cooper Union, Hyper Island and some of the smartest minds in design, tech, business and venture capital. From day one, the focus is on what you want to build – be it a product or an entire startup.” https://www.30weeks.com/ The application deadline is July 8th. If you are a designer who is interested in launching their own business and looking for a multi-disciplinary learning environment, this program is for you. By designers we mean: graphic, web, product and UX/UI…

Winners of the 12 Month Incubation Fellowship at the ELab

We are happy to announce 11 winning startups who will be incubated in ELab’s partner spaces: CSI Center for Social Innovation, Civic Hall, NYDesigns, and LMHQ, and receive the ELab’s offerings of a rich mentorship program, a series of business workshops, talks and panels, and a variety of networking opportunities and collaborations in those partner spaces. This year’s applicant pool is diverse and passionate, with creative socially-driven business ideas that aim to make positive change, and the ELab is proud to incubate the new fellows for a whole year and looks forward to guiding them towards success! The criteria for…

INNOVATE NYC CHALLENGE

OPEN TO ALL NEW SCHOOL STUDENTS The first 150 students to submit their application will automatically receive invitations to the first skills-building workshop, a day-long event focusing on enhancing your capacity for ideation. The first step crucial to social innovation. Apply now! Apply to this 7mo fellowship challenge along side only 19 others city-wide! For students passionate about social change and developing the skills necessary to turn their ideas into action, we are excited to announce that The Parsons Elab has teamed up with the DO School and 8 other NYC higher education institutions to create a new landmark program…

ELab Finalists Pitch Night – Great Success!

The Finalists Pitch Night was packed and a big success. It was a night of courage, passion, and pride for the Elab and 13 teams that came out of Parsons/New School to create their businesses and trigger social change. With a wide spectrum of projects ranging from a mobile app/platform for real-time monitoring and evaluation of municipal spending on infrastructure in developing countries to a business subscription platform for the personal pleasure industry, the applicants brought their best to the room and presented in a 10-minute pitch format to a jury of 24 judges consisting of ELab’s external partners, investors,…

Workshop Series by ELab Fellows – September 2015

Current ELab fellows Braden Crooks and April De Simone, co-founders of Designing The We, and Robyn Asquini, founder of Art Tap X, gave workshops for fellow applicants to the 12-month Fellowship Program on business tools that they may use to enhance their businesses and prepare for launching. At Workshop #1 Business Plans, the Business Model Canvas tool was discussed and then used to help define and clarify the key components for each participant’s startup. Everyone then took a deep dive into the traditional business model, breaking down each section and understanding how to tailor the plan to a specific audience,…

12-month Incubator Fellowship Applicant September Workshops

  The ELab is hosting 2 workshops for prospective fellows with business startup ventures to enhance their business skills and get ready for the 12 month incubator Fellowship (15 November 2015 – 30 October 2016).   1- Business Plan Workshop (RSVP on eventbrite here) by current ELab fellow Robyn Asquini Date: Tuesday the 22nd of September 6:00 PM Location: NYDesigns 45-50 30th St, Long Island City, NY 11101   Robyn Asquini, MS-SDM class ‘15 and a current ELab fellow at NYDesigns, founder of Art Tap X, is giving a workshop on how to write a business plan for prospective fellows….

Call For Fellows – Apply to The 12 month Fellowship Incubator Program 2015-2016

The Parsons ELab calls for fellows for its one-year-long Fellowship Incubator Program. This year’s cycle 2015/2016 commences on 15 November 2015 and runs through 30 October 2016.  Application Deadline: 9 October 2015 What is the Elab Fellowship Program? We believe that building the future economy is a collaborative effort and we aim to assist our students and recent alumni of the Parsons SDS ( this includes SDM, TransD, Urban Theory+ Urban Practice) and DT graduate programs in their journey of creating new businesses. Through the Elab fellowship program, recent alumni, upon graduation to 3 yrs out, who have proven business ideas…

Friday’s info session was a great success!

Great thanks to everyone who attended the ELab Info Session on Friday September 11. Special thanks to Dean Jane Pirone, Dean Anne Gaines, our partners (CSI, NYDesigns, LMHQ, and BLIP), and fellows (Designing The We and Art Tap X) for their informative and inspiring talks. photos by Yiran Wang, BBA Photography class ’19   The event was a great success and the refreshments definitely put everyone in the social zone before heading into the hall. Now that you all know about the new cycle of the 12 month Fellowship Incubator, we now announce the call for fellows (Deadline October 9)…

Interview with ELab Fellow Robyn Asquini, Founder of Art Tap Exchange

Part of the Interview Series with ELab Fellows       Robyn Asquini is a recent graduate of Parsons The New School. During her master’s in the SDM program, she sought to better understand how current technology and design thinking could be used to disrupt the art world and make fine art more enjoyable and accessible. Throughout the final year of master’s, Robyn researched, designed, and developed the Art Tap Exchange prototype under the guidance of her studio professors and IDEO Design Leads Jerome Goh and Randy Plemel. In the months after graduation, she has taken her project from an…

Parsons ELab 12-month Fellowship Program – RSVP to Workshop on September 11

  Students and alumni of SDS and DT of Parsons, want to turn your ideas into successful sustainable businesses? Attend this workshop given by the Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab and learn how! The workshop is open to all enrolled SDS and DT graduate students including those pursuing the online and certificate degrees, in addition to alumni of 2015 and 2014 of those programs as well.   The Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab is announcing the date of its Fall Fellowship Program Workshop which will take place on Friday September 11, 2015 at 6pm to introduce students+alumni, who either already have or will work on brilliant entrepreneurial…

Calling Designers: Application Deadline to 30 Weeks, Google’s Design Incubator: July 8th

  30 Weeks is a new design incubator that gives talented designers the hands-on experience, mentorship, workspace, and connections to the communities they need to create products and start companies that may just change the world. The program is operated by Hyper Island, and supported by Google in partnership with SVA, Parsons, Pratt, The Cooper Union and some of the smartest minds in design, tech, business, and venture capital. The application deadline is July 8th. If you are a designer who is interested in launching their own business and looking for a multi-disciplinary learning environment, this program is for you. By designers we…

Parsons ELab Summer Seats @ NYDesigns

Parsons ELab Summer Seats @ NYDesigns for SDS Alumni Entrepreneurs June 22 – September 30 Application deadline 10 June 2015   The Parsons ELab @ NYDesigns seeks to support design entrepreneurs who are recent alumni class of 2015 of the School of Design Strategies graduate programs at Parsons The New School for Design: MS in Strategic Design and Management, MA in Theories of Urban Practice, MFA in Transdisciplinary Design, and MS in Design and Urban Ecologies.   WHO? The Parsons ELab @ NYDesigns is open to SDS graduate designers with prototyping needs and who use technology as one of the…

Workshop on Design Intelligence for New Venture Design

Victor Angel SDM 14′ co-founder of N8, and one of the first grantees of the Parsons ELab, conducted an engaging workshop during the Design Intelligence conference 2015 at Parsons on Saturday 4/25 around the theme Design Intelligence for New Venture Design, with participating members that ranged from students to professionals in the field. At the workshop, Victor created teams and applied one of many methods that he had learnt in the Strategic Design and Management program, in order to demonstrate ways of understanding industries and tackling big problems. He engaged the participating members and demonstrated a unique framework using a design thinking…

ELab grantees meet 311’s Design Challenges at Civic Hall

At Civic Hall, the new home for civic tech located on fifth avenue in Manhattan, 311 came together with the creative community members of Civic Hall to present their three design challenges in an intimate and informal ‘office hours’ setup. Among these members are Michael Varona, co-founder of Propeller, and Braden Crooks, cofounder of Designing The We, both recent graduates of the Parsons School of Design Strategies. The discussions on Thursday 4/23/2015 delved deep into the whys and hows of this initiative, tapping into consumer needs and pain points to provide optimal solutions for the challenges. The information economy where…