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Leveraging the greater NYC ecosystem, Elab is a design-led business lab dedicated to entrepreneurship practice and research testing a distributed incubator model.

Founded in 2014 as part of my research at the New School University, the Entrepreneurs Lab was developed to bridge the gap between academia and applied practice in impact entrepreneurship for students wishing to develop their capstone projects into thriving businesses. Testing a distributed academic incubator model, I set out to test its efficacy and research its impact.

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Testing a distributed academic incubator model
“This extra time and mentorship from Quilian Riano, director of NY Designs and Rhea Alexander, Director of the Elab, allowed me to pull my pitch together for the Elab 12 mo incubator pitch night to improve my offering ideas, start working on the backend of my platform and investigate incorporation options.”
- Robin Asquini, Alumna and founder of ArtapX
Grants and Awards

Bohan Foundation Award

2015, 2016, 2017

School Based Grant

2015, 2016, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Inclusion Challenge 2017

Faculty Research Grant

2015, 2016, 2017

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