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Director's Note

YU Innovation Lab

Hello to all, and welcome -

Dr. Maria Blekher
Dr. Maria Blekher 

We’re humbled to have you as a visitor to our site! 

I invite you to explore our website and reach out with any questions, ideas or suggestions.

Learn about the fifty-plus and counting startups we have worked with in the Innovation Lab since our founding in May 2019. 

Hear the stories of our students who have worked on their businesses. 

Consider the unique ‘academy-as-accelerator’ lab model we’ve developed for integrating the startups into our courses as mini-capstone student group projects.

As I write this in the late summer of 2022, we are poised to launch our most ambitious semester to date. 

  • We are enhancing and expanding  our technology and multimedia facilities in our Lab space. 
  • We are announcing our newest startups and on-boarding our largest cohort of student consultants to date. 
  • We are launching a series of programs to serve our expanding stakeholders of local community constituents, business leaders, students, academics, investors and of course ambitious startups.
  • We are building upon our successful pilot of small business acceleration with our Lab in the Heights program partnering with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Please contact me directly to explore ways to join us on this amazing journey - and many thanks for your interest in The Lab!

Dr. Maria Blekher
Founder of the YU Innovation Lab

Vision and Mission

  • YU Innovation Lab fuels a borderless NYC-based ecosystem via a unique value model - business accelerator within the academy. 
  • We are shaping the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders with educational programming and industry-specific resources supported by seasoned consultants as academics. 
  • Our innovative spirit is infused with deeply ethical, Jewish values fostering a culture relentlessly focused on transforming human insight into business value
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