Our events and workshops

At ELab, we organize workshops with external partners, info-sessions, mid-way pitches & demo days to connect you with us and our fellows and our progress and alumni day events.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

  • Citi Ventures x Parsons ELab Virtual Design Challenge Fall 2020

  • 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 range of backgrounds who are interested in creating diversity, equity & inclusion!

    The Benefit: 

    This challenge is a fantastic opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded students, network with service design industry experts, talent scouts from Citi, boost your resume & portfolio! Students will apply design thinking brainstorming methods to tackle a systemic problem.

    Challenge Schedule:

    Timezone: EST

    Friday, Oct 30th Virtual Kick-off (all video content)
    Sunday, Nov 1st (2 hour) Live Online Mural/Zoom office hours with Elab + CitiVentures
    Thursday, Nov 5th 11:59 AM Submission deadline
    Thursday, Nov 5th 3:00-4:30pm Celebration and announcements with Citi Leadership x Parsons Elab

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete this form by clicking here.
    • Send an email to parsonselab@gmail.com with any questions you have about the event or eligibility!

     

    Note:

    • Participants will be offering concepts and feedback on Citi products and services.
    • Citi representatives will pick top proposals with the Elab team.
    • Proposals will be selected based on innovation, feasibility, impact, brand fit, and proposal presentation.

     

    This event is a partnership between Citi Ventures and Parsons ELab.

  • CitiVentures x Parsons ELab Design Sprint Spring 2020

  • 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 all current students from a wide range of backgrounds who are interested in sustainability and entrepreneurship!

    The Benefit: 

    This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded students, network and boost your resume! Students will apply design thinking brainstorming methods to tackle a global problem.

    The Challenge: 

    How can we mitigate climate change impact through financial decision making and resilience planning?

    The Day: 

    The Agenda for March 11th:
    8:30 am — 9:00 am Check in (arrive early to get through security)
    9:00 am — 9:30 am Introduction of challenge
    9:30 am — 1:00 pm Ideation workshop & presentation preparation
    1:00 pm — 2:00 pm Presentations, awards and lunch, followed by networking 

    Application Requirements:

    • Complete this form by clicking here. Only 30 spots available.
    • Send an email to parsonselab@gmail.com with any questions you have about the event or eligibility!

     

    This event is a partnership between CitiVentures and Parsons ELab.

  • ELAB Fireside chat Go Fund Yourself| Oct 10 /19

  • 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 three months following the show as acting president of Virgin companies.[10][11] Nelson expanded his company’s products to include a changeable sectional couch.[12][13]

    Nelson appeared on Young Entrepreneur Society in 2009.[14] He spoke at the Economy and You forum at Western Connecticut State University in 2015.[1] Nelson earned his master’s degree in Strategic Design and Management from Parson’s The New School for Design in 2015. He became a part-time instructor for the school. That same year, he appeared on the CNBC show Make Me a Millionaire Inventor.[15] In July 2015, Nelson gave the keynote address at the 40 Under 40 awards for Fairfield County, Connecticut.[16]

     

    Alicia Syrett is the Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments. She is a recurring panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch and MSNBC’s Your Business, a Contributor for Inc., and an Instructor at Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Women’s Forum of NY, and WomenCorporateDirectors. She currently serves on the Board of the NY Tech Alliance, several company and advisory boards and has served on the Board of Directors of New York Angels and as a Managing Director of Golden Seeds. She tweets @AliciaSyrett.

    Ms. Syrett was named as one of the “30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018” by Business Insider, one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch, one of Wharton’s “40 Under 40” by Wharton Magazine, and one of Virgin’s “Five Next Generation Leaders Emerging from Tech.” She has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inc., The Huffington Post, Mashable, Entrepreneur, NPR’s Marketplace, and USA Today.  She has also appeared on CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor and Cash Crowd, Nightly Business Report (NBR) on PBS, and Fox Business’s Risk & Reward.  She founded The Point 25 Initiative and also wrote a Guide for Entrepreneurs for #MentHERnyc, an event she co-founded.

    Prior to founding Pantegrion, Ms. Syrett spent over 10 years in the financial industry, which included her entrepreneurial journey as the first employee and CAO of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm.

  • Join us for ELAB Demo Day 2019

  • 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 to display their product/website/app, signup people, provide discounts and market their business

    9:00-10:15 AM: Team presentations and Q&A

    10:15-11 AM: Networking

    Come and witness what it takes to be an entrepreneur!

    Register for the event here

  • ELAB Fireside chat with Kurt Kratchman | April 5 /19

  • 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 by WPP. Rooted in the disciplines of data, design, marketing and
    technology, he builds companies that create immersive experiences,
    transform the way brands communicate and how businesses run.
    Specialties: Strategy + execution/operations, programmatic, automation,
    data wrangling, UX/product/service design for mobile, real-time, logistics,
    OTT, VOD, AdTech/MarTech, SaaS, enabling technologies; board level
    consulting, networking and funding.
    Consummate background in B2B and B2C product development,
    marketing, sales, higher education, research, R&D, innovation and tech
    transfer
  • Branding session with Edward Cardimona | March 26/19

  • 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 positioning.

    An effective problem solver and futurist with the keen ability to connect creative and business strategies through team development, creation and commercialization of product, and marketing strategies that connect in all channels of retail, and ultimately deliver a new experience to the consumer.

    An experienced creative director executing and highlighting these skills across the home, apparel, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and sport industries, with such great global brands as: Nike, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan, John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Guess, Juicy Couture, Jonathan Adler, Pantone, Water Works, Avon, and Calvin Klein.

    In addition to working with these brands, partnerships and products have been developed with these celebrity brands: Serena Williams, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Cindy Crawford, Sammy Hayek, Nate Berkus, Sophia Vergara, Adam Levine, Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone, and Ellen DeGeneres.

  • First PiNG | March 15 /19

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 1st!

  • ELab presents: Pitch Night | October 18, 2018

  • 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 – Apply online here, deadline is October 1st!

  • ELab presents: 2019 Info Session | September 20, 2018

  • 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 Info Session to learn about our offerings, with special focus on the 12-Month Fellowship and what it takes to be an ELab fellow. Get all of your questions answered at our Info session! No matter what stage you’re at, you’ll get a better picture of ELab’s Incubator program for the 2019 Cohort year, our application process and great tips to make your application stand out!

     

    • When: Thu, September 20, 2018 | 5:00 PM
    • 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 1st!

  • ELab presents: Go Fund Yourself | September 13, 2018

  • 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 America’s fastest growing furniture retailer in 2013.

     

    • Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector professionals in the NY metro area. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker. She is former Chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, an affinity group of Council on Foundations. Susan is currently on the Board of Directors of King Manor Museum in Jamaica, NY and has contributed over a decade of public service and advocacy work on behalf of New York City’s community education councils. She has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
  • Elab Alumni Spotlight: Shahrouz Varshabi, Founder of Designity

  • 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 his Masters, Shahrouz and his fellow classmates faced the same problems upon graduation: getting a job and paying off student loans. Designers go to school in order to be educated and prepared for the real world. Unfortunately, around 44% of design graduate students find themselves unemployed 6 to 12 months after graduation” –Shahrouz Varshabi.  As a solution to this problem, he created an online platform in the form of a bottom-up community built by creatives for creatives and a marketplace for business owners. Designity is working with top design universities and design organizations in the U.S. to provide business owners with a different level of verified designers and supervision under an Art Director. What started off as an online marketplace is now being considered as the first virtual design agency in the world. Designity currently charges a subscription fee (from $30 to $2,000) based on the company size on top of a fixed project fee. The subscription gives business owners access to a dedicated art director on an ongoing basis ensuring better control on the project quality and outputs. This is what clients have to say about the platform, “The art director participation made it easy for us to brainstorm a professional approach with our investor deck design” – Raphael Anstey, Co-founder, and CEO at CircleLink Health.

    In 2016, Shahrouz’s sister, Sheida Varshabi, joined Designity as a co-founder, together they sought incubation support for Designity with Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab, a design based business incubator dedicated to entrepreneurship and research at The New School. Over 3 years of its operations, Designity has built a user base of over 6000 US based designers and 4000+ business owners. They have completed over 1000 projects and generated an income of over $210,000 with a team of 9 employees. “ELab really made my wish come true. Before I got to ELab, I just had an idea. Now I have an actual company. ELab has given me networking opportunities, as well as required expertise” – Shahrouz Varshabi

    Recently, Designity received a funding of $225,000. Don Katz, Founder, and CEO of Audible (an Amazon company) who also founded Newark Venture Partners led the funding with Tom Wisniewski, Managing partner of Newark Venture Partners. “We spent the money to hire more sales, marketing, and art director employees. We’re now a team of 9 full-time. We just started raising our second round which is going to be $750K. Hopefully we will also close this round over the next 6-8 weeks. And again the plan is to grow the team and enhance the product” commented Shahrouz when asked about plans to use the funding money. Designity is not only empowering design students and entrepreneurs but also creating a standard in the creative industry for professional freelance designers and clients who are looking for quality design. Designity aims to be #1 freelancing platform in the world in the near future.

    Designity and 5 other companies funded by Newark Venture Partners are pitching to a crowd of 500+ investors and business mentors on June 27th. If you have time please join for this amazing day. You can register here: https://nvpdemoday.splashthat.com

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

  • 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 we enable youth from under-resourced communities to bridge the gap between education and employment – creating pathways to meaningful, family sustaining careers’

    Parsons ELab and The New School are happy to share that the following 5 students have been selected for the 2018 Innovate NYC Future Pathways Challenge program.

    Cristina Iregui Casas

    Cristina is a graduate student studying strategic design and management at Parsons. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and over 7 years of experience in marketing and communication strategies and has worked over the last 5 years as a Product Manager in the leading retail chain in Latin America. She is a creative and passionate person with a strong work ethic

    and aims to inspire people around her and deliver a positive impact. She is a proud Colombian and wants to pioneer design and sustainability practices in Latin American industries.

     

    Aryanna Martin

    Aryanna is a design researcher and innovation strategist and is currently a graduate student of the SDM program at Parsons. Prior to this, she has done research and strategy work with organizations that aim to deliver innovation and create a positive impact on society, such as Works of Heart, Curiosity Design Strategy and Migo Entertainment. She believes in the power of design and collaboration between institutions in solving the world’s most pressing problems. Outside of work, Aryanna enjoys traveling, exploring cultures, and meeting new people.

    Renuka Parashar

    Renuka is a first-year graduate student in the SDM program at Parsons. Her interest in the possible outcomes of the intersection of business and design, in the context of sustainability, acted as motivation for her to study Design Strategy. The city of Chandigarh, designed by the master architect Le Corbusier, has acted as an inspiration for her to becoming an architect herself. After gaining few years of professional experience in the field and some international exposure in Switzerland, she has successfully delivered multiple projects of varying scales from concept to execution. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, swimming, bhangra and occasional hikes.

    Anthonio Isoken Osagie

    Anthonio is a Global Studies Major and Creative Writing minor at the New School with a focus in African development and diasporan studies. She has worked as a refugee tutor with the International Rescue committee and as a global ambassador for the new school. Prior to the New School, she has studied journalism and culture in Bangalore, India and North African and Islamic studies in Meknes, Morocco.

     

    Adam Chagani

    With a background in international development, Adam is an adaptive problem solver who is deeply committed to understanding global issues and improving people’s livelihoods through market-based solutions. Over the past four years, he has been working with NGOs, nonprofits, startups, social enterprises and VCs in emerging markets across East and West Africa. Through this journey, he has worked at the intersection of global development, technology, and human-centered-design. He’s interested in exploring ways where we can design and scale well-designed products, services, and experiences to address complex social issues.

     

  • ELab Presents: 2019 Spring Info Session & Business Model Workshop | Saturday, 28th April 2018, 12:00-3:00PM

  • ELab Presents: 2019 Spring Info Session & Business Model Workshop | Saturday, 28th April 2018, 12:00-3:00PM

    Join us for ELab’s 2018 Spring Information Session.

    This year’s Info Session will feature a Business Model Workshop with Indie.biz founder, Michael Megalli.

    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?

    If you’ve ever dreamed about turning your skills, creativity and passion into a business, we’ve designed this workshop just for you. The Parsons ELab is offering an Info Session and Business Model Workshop combined to introduce our offerings, with special focus on the 12-Month Fellowship.

    Over the course of this workshop session, we’ll cover three fundamentals of any business:

    • What is your business model?
    • What is your unique value?
    • What is your financial plan?

    For this workshop, the ELab has partnered with indie.biz and we’ll be using their powerful, data-driven tools to get you from your idea to a draft plan. This workshop is perfect for aspiring independents who have never started a business before, or more seasoned entrepreneurs looking for some help starting a new venture.

    No matter what stage you’re at, you’ll come away with a better picture of what it takes and learn about ELab’s Incubator program for the 2018 Cohort year.

    The 2018 Call for ELab’s Incubator program is in the Fall. Join us to meet the ELab team, Venture Associates, and scope out one of our partner spaces.

    There will be FREE PIZZA, engaging discussion and a great opportunity to network!

    Make sure to RSVP on the Eventbrite

  • ELab presents: Midway presentations | Thursday, 26th April 2018 6:00-8:00PM

  • ELab presents: Midway presentations | Thursday, 26th April 2018 6:00-8:00PM

    Join us for the 2018 ELab Fellows’ Midway Pitch event, and peek into the process of progress.

    What does it look like to start a startup… from the inside? Ever wanted to know more about the journey turning an ideas into thriving business? Have you wondered what it means to iterate, or what a good prototype should accomplish?
    On April 26th, ELab Fellows will share their 4-month progress stories since they joined our 12-Month Fellowship Program for YOU, and an audience of judges, investors and the New School entrepreneurial community.
    Each company gets 5 minutes to present their idea by addressing the following:
    -The Problem
    -Their Solution
    -The Business Model
    -Market Positioning
    -The Team
    -Accomplishments from the past 4 Months
    -Goals for the next 8 Months
    Check out the Eventbrite to learn more about the ELab mentorship program and 12 month Fellowship Incubator Program
    Stay tuned and follow us on social media!
  • Now Accepting Applications: ELab is excited to announce the 2018 Challenge with our partner, The Do School

  • Now Accepting Applications: ELab is excited to announce the 2018 Challenge with our partner, The Do School

    Innovate​ ​NYC​ ​is​ ​back​! 

    We are excited to announce that ELab has partnered again with the DO School and 10 other NYC higher education institutions to run a landmark program within New York City’s higher education landscape for the third time in 2018: Innovate NYC.

    Are you passionate about social change and developing the skills necessary to turn your ideas into action? 

    Innovate NYC empowers NYC university students through a learning-by-doing approach by solving real-world problems. 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 program offers students from the participating universities and colleges a unique opportunity to launch their careers as change makers within their communities and learn invaluable entrepreneurial skills. Through a co-creation method, together with 19 other participants, you will tackle a real-life challenge set by Youth INC and HERE to HERE: The​ ​Future Pathways​ ​Challenge.

    // This Year’s Challenge with #InnovateNYC 

    The Future Pathways Challenge will ask fellows to create a solution that will set 10,000 young people on their paths towards a family sustaining career in NYC.

    The education to employment gap has received a lot of attention over the last few years. 2018’s Challengers HERE to HERE and Youth INC ask you to explore this and develop an integrative solution that will support HERE to HERE’s mission to set 10,000 young people on their paths towards a family sustaining career. You and 19 other students from 10 universities across New York City will look at this challenge from student perspective and explore what companies need to do differently to better attract, develop and retain youth from under-resourced communities so that they may persist and succeed in the workforce and build a family sustaining career.

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    Read more program details on their website.

    Applications are due on January 31st, 2018.

    Questions? Commentary? Contact the ELab!

  • ELAB FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: Ashley Amin (MS Strategic Design & Management ‘16)

  • ELAB FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: Ashley Amin (MS Strategic Design & Management ‘16)

    Meet Ashley Amin: 2017 ELab Fellow & Founder of CivicFleet.

    As a 2017 ELab Fellow, Ashley is working on CivicFleet: a way to help individuals navigate complex health, financial and administrative processes.

    Last month, Ashley was selected to participate in The Civic Tech Leadership Program, placing CivicFleet among the six exceptional project teams, and eight honorable mentions, selected for the program from a highly competitive group of submissions.

    Civic leaders, organizations, funders and citizens are increasingly recognizing the power of technology to connect people, improve cities and make government more effective. The civic tech ecosystem is a convergence of a multitude of fields with a shared goal to advance open government and community action — a goal that resonates with the mission of ELab. 

    The Civic Tech Leadership Program, hosted by the National Democratic Institute in collaboration with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, was launched with this shared civic tech goal in mind. Bringing together young innovators in the U.S. and across the Middle East, Ashley Amin, Founder of Civic Fleet, competed in the month long, bilingual program. By connecting civic activists interested in using technology in their work with technology experts who wish to use their skills to build a more democratic world, the Civic Tech Leadership Program aimed to encourage and facilitate cross-cultural collaboration between young innovators in the two regions. Culminating in a bilingual video pitch competition, Ashley and her team competed and won the opportunity to participate in the in-person Innovators’ Exchange Mission in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.

    During the trip, Ashley met with prominent change-makers, entrepreneurs, civic tech experts, and government leaders operating at the forefront of the global civic tech ecosystem. She said, “It was a great opportunity to learn from other leaders in the field, share our approaches to problem solving, and hear about the challenges we all are facing in using technology to make positive change for our communities.” During one meeting with Madeline Albright, she shared the reasoning behind the pin she wore that day. She explained that it was a snail today because “democratic progress is slow” and that we all have a role to play to steadily continue pushing forward and creating the change we wish to see in our communities.

    For more information about CivicFleet, contact Ashely Amin amina648@newschool.edu or Parsons ELab parsonselab@gmail.com.

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    The National Democratic Institute, in collaboration with Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law launched the Civic Tech Leadership Program in the Fall of 2016. This program was made possible through the Stevens Initiative, with support from the U.S. Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation. For more information: http://www.ndi.org/civic-tech-leadership-program

  • ELAB FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: Gabor Tankovics (Design & Tech ’15)

  • ELAB FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: Gabor Tankovics (Design & Tech ’15)

    Meet Gabor Tankovics: 2016 ELab Fellow & Founder of Dartboard. 

    Gabor was accepted into ELab to develop his initial concept of Dartboard into a operational business, with the goal of reimagining student loan management.

    Dartboard is a messaging-based service that intelligently automates and accelerates student loan payments, generating substantial savings for the 44 million US student loan holders. Earlier this spring, Gabor, Dartboard’s founder and CEO, was selected as the first representative from The New School ever into the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s (NCET2) University Startup Conference & Demo Day. In April, Gabor presented Dartboard as one of the 40 “Best University Startups” in the Nation, placing The New School in the national aggregate list of represented universities.

    How does Dartboard work? Student loan debt has reached $1.3trillion, with over 70% of today’s workforce graduating with student loans. In this urgent context, Dartboard offers employers a SaaS solution to implement a simple and cost-effective student loan benefit as a hiring and retention tool. Through a proprietary account aggregation tool, Dartboard syncs to your student loan bills, tracks your income and spending patterns and executes your loan payments accordingly. Dartboard was an ELab startup in 2016, during which time Gabor and his team grew the initial concept of the company into an operating business.

    Since January alone, Dartboard has helped users save over $40,000 in interest payments. Currently, Gabor and his team are launching pilots with employers to explore the B2B market and are leveraging events like the University Startup Conference & Demo Day for networking and investment opportunities.


    For more information about Dartboard, visit their webpage: www.dartboard.nyc.

    To contact Gabor for press and business, or for more information about the ELab Fellowship, email parsonselab@gmail.com.

  • The Do School, partner with Parsons ELab, Announces the Students Selected for the INNOVATE NYC 2017 Program

  • The Do School, partner with Parsons ELab, Announces the Students Selected for the INNOVATE NYC 2017 Program

    New School students will tackle a community mobility challenge together with other select students from across the NYC university ecosystem, guided by the Do School.

    Innovate NYC empowers NYC university students through a learning-by-doing approach by solving real-world problems. 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.


    NEW YORK, N.Y  – Parsons ELab & The New School are happy to share that students, Akshati Merish and Fulya Turkmenoglu, have been selected for the 2017 Innovate NYC program.

    This landmark program run by the DO School and supported by the Newmans Own Foundation is a collaboration between 11 NYC area universities to empower students with skills for the 21st century economy.

    Now in its second year Innovate NYC utilizes a proven approach originally developed by the DO School for Oxford University and leading organization such as Siemens, Daimler, and the United Nations. Within the program, our students will develop entrepreneurial methods, work with diverse groups of world-class practitioners, and create real change. Parsons ELab is proud to partner with Innovate NYC to promote impact entrepreneurship through design-driven methodologies.

    This year’s Challenge centers on innovation in mobility. More specifically, the goal is to create a community centered ride-sharing solution that encompasses the entire city, while remaining economically viable. The challenger, Brooklyn Navy Yard aims to boost New York City’s economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City’s modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard. To do so, they are doubling the number of jobs within the Yard by 2020 from its current level of 7000. However, how can the Yard do this without adding a single new car to their parking lots – as parking is already at maximum capacity?

    This June, the Innovate NYC students will work with renowned experts and top social change makers to develop and implement a hands-on solution that they will deliver a solution to this problem to the Yard.  For the Yard, then Innovate NYC offers a critical way to solve a core operating challenge. For the students participating the program is a chance to develop real world, 21st century skills for careers in social impact.

    Commenting on this method of experiential education, Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education of the United States and current Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at New York University remarked that “innovation and collaboration are critical skills to advance any nation’s prosperity and competitiveness in the 21st century. The DO School is the energizing force behind a new and vital cross-sector collaboration to solve complex challenges and empower students in their future endeavors.”

    2017 Innovate NYC university students are:

    Aude Sorelle Tchie (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Toby Childs, Jo Christine Miles, Tammy Lin (Columbia University), Hua Joe Fung (The Cooper Union), Carlos Panjon, Lin Wang, Nicole Angelique Porco, Shravan Wadhwa (Fordham University), Melisa Castro (Guttman Community College), Jasmine Wong (Macaulay Honors College), Akshati Mehrish and Fulya Turkmenoglu (The New School), Josy Jablons (New York University) & Aamir Ansari, Isidora Beatriz Concha, Jonathan Marable, Maryam Turkey, and Vania Andrea Arevalo (Pratt Institute).

    2017 Innovate NYC universities include: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Law School, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, Medgar Evers College, The New School, New York University & Pratt Institute.


    For more information visit The Do School online.

  • Demonstrating #PROCESS: 2017 ELab Fellows Midway Presentations // April 28th

  • Demonstrating #PROCESS: 2017 ELab Fellows Midway Presentations // April 28th

    THE #PROCESS OF STARTUPS: What’s it take?

    Come watch our ELab Fellows midway pitch and peek into the process of progress.

    Ever wanted to know more about the journey turning ideas into thriving businesses? Have you wondered what it means to iterate, or what a business model canvas entails?

    On April 28th, Elab Fellows will share their 4-month progress stories since they joined our 12 Month Fellowship Program for YOU, and an audience of judges, investors and the New School entrepreneurial community.

    Each company gets 5 minutes to present their idea by addressing the following:

    • The Problem
    • Their Solution
    • The Business Model
    • Market Positioning
    • The Team
    • Accomplishments from the past 4 Months
    • Goals for the next 8 Months

    When: Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Where: 63 5th Ave, University Center, Room L104

    >>> RSVP here. <<<


    Are you an online student? We’ve got you covered with Facebook Live – be sure to follow the Parsons ELab page (we’ve got twitter too! @ParsonsElab).

    #ParsonsELab #ProcessofProgress

    Learn more about the ELab mentorship program and 12 month Fellowship Incubator Program on the website, and stay tuned and follow us on social media!

    www.twitter.com/parsonselab

    www.facebook.com/parsonselab

  • 2017 ELab Fellows Recognized by Verizon & NYC Media Lab

  • 2017 ELab Fellows Recognized by Verizon & NYC Media Lab

    Congratulations to ELab Fellows, Kate Wallace and Danny Dang (BFA Design & Technology ‘19

    Did you hear the news ?! We’re excited to share that Zer, and undergraduate founders Danny and Kate, were recognized by Verizon and the New York City Media Lab in January. 

    2017 Cohort fellows, Kate Wallace and Danny Dang, began Zer as a news platform aiming to engage generation Z with substantial news through augmented reality, virtual reality and mobile games. Now, Zer is a focused games studio utilizing emerging technology to revolutionize education beyond the classroom. 

    Verizon awarded $200,000 to university teams for the creation of new prototypes within three topic areas: augmented and mixed reality, conversational interfaces, and the Internet of Things. Eleven projects by faculty and students from Columbia University, Cornell Tech, City University of New York, The New School, New York University, School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute will participate in the program. Check out the press release here.

    With funding from the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, this program provides resources and workspace to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in media and technology in New York City. The ten projects were selected based on distinctiveness, feasibility and professionalism working on projects in documentary filmmaking, narrative filmmaking, gaming, post-production, animation, virtual reality, and media/technology.

    MORE RECOGNITION? // Danny and Kate have additionally won the regional for the Global Student Entrepreneur Award in Canada and were finalists in the US national competition. Now, they’re preparing to apply for the Clinton Global Initiative AwardGlobal Solutions Program, and the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship from The New School!

    Want to learn more?

    Midway Presentations for ELab Fellows are April 28th. RSVP here to see the #process of progress and hear more about how Danny & Kate have built Zer from the ground-up. 

     

  • IN2NYC Program – International Innovators Initiative // Apply Today!

  • IN2NYC Program – International Innovators Initiative // Apply Today!

    Parsons Elab Incubator program is in partnership with NYDesigns, an incubator and co-working space dedicated to hardware tech startups who participates in the IN2NYC Startup Visa Program offered by NYCEDC.

    The IN2NYC Program helps international entrepreneurs expand or relocate their businesses to New York City by facilitating collaborative partnerships that qualify entrepreneurs to apply for cap-exempt H-1B visas.

    DEADLINE: May 3, 2017

    APPLY HERE http://www.in2.nyc/apply

     

    Most Important FAQ’s Criteria to Meet:

    – Board members must be residents of US

    – 20hrs time to the Laguardia College (location of NY Designs) 

    – Your company must be at a stage where it can pay salaries to partners/founder commensurate to the going rate (can be including stock). A 3rd party NYCEDC lawyer helps decide this but you need to be able to provide this and be somewhat financially stable.

    More FAQ and Program Information

    Webinar on Program

    Interested IN2NYC applicants see attached IN2NYC flyer with information on the requirements, the program and all application info. Here’s some background information on the IN2NYC program, and stories of recent program fellows.

     

    // LOOKING FOR SPACE?

    If you are a founder of a hardware tech startup that can benefit from having access to a making space in NYC, and you meet the criteria linked above, reach out to parsonselab@gmail.com

  • ELab User Testing Workshop

  • ELab User Testing Workshop

     Join us for a Test and Play Session!

    Come to our User Testing Workshop and learn more about the amazing concepts our startups are working on while helping them test their service/products!!

    RSVP TODAY!!!

    Collaborate with like-minded people to solve problems and create new solutions with 5 startups founded by current students and recent Parsons Alumni in the Parsons ELab program.

    Join us to show off your capabilities and get insight into how startups grow.

    If you are curious about our approach and our startups, learn more on our website: http://sds.parsons.edu/elab/

     

  • THE COMMUNITY MOBILITY CHALLENGE

  • THE COMMUNITY MOBILITY CHALLENGE

    For students passionate about social change and developing the skills necessary to turn their ideas into action, we are excited to announce that ELab has teamed up with the DO School and 10 other NYC higher education institutions to create a new landmark program within New York City’s higher education landscape: Innovate NYC.  This program offers students from the participating universities and colleges a unique opportunity to launch their careers as changemakers within their communities and learn invaluable entrepreneurial skills. Through a curated co-creation method, together with 19 other participants you will tackle a real-life challenge set by the City of New York: to find new and innovative approaches for a world class industrial park to engage its workers in ways that save the environment and build community across the city. 

The first 100 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

    PS: First 100 Applicants enter a chance to win a FREE Workshop.
    This is a skill building session will focus on developing students’ ideation skills.

      All details on the new challenge, challenger, and application deadlines can be found here:
  • ELab Pitch Night!

  • ELab Pitch Night!

    Join us for this exciting night and help us choosing the startups that will form ELab’s next cohort!

    The Finalists Pitch Night will host the presentations of the new applicants to ELab’s 12-month fellowship incubator program (November 14, 2016 – November 14, 2017).

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    What: ELab Pitch Night

    When: November 4th, 2016, 6pm-9pm

    Where: 66 Fifth Avenue. N 101 – Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium. New York, NY 10003

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    The jury for startup selection will consist of a panel of judges and you all! 

    Everyone in the audience will receive a rubric and will be able to evaluate the presentations. 

    Looking forward to seeing you there and let’s wish them all the best of luck!

    RSVP Here!