Catalyst NYC

Structured mentorship and support to prepare companies for institutional funding. Data Future Lab's 0 equity accelerator


Pre-seed to seed

Program Length

Six months

Focus Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Vision
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Emerging Media
  • Hardware / Robotics
  • HealthTech
  • Impact/Responsible AI
  • Machine Learning
  • Smart Cities
  • Smart Mobility
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Web3
  • Urban Systems

What Sets Us Apart

Save Your Equity

Save Your Equity

Our program is equity free and no cost. Save your equity for future investors and employees.

Access to Resources at World Renowned NYU

Access to Resources at World Renowned NYU

A globally recognized institution, New York University offers a wealth of resources. NYU Tandon School of Engineering excels in research areas covering smart cities to cybersecurity, and startups aligned with these disciplines can benefit from access to some of the world's brightest minds in these fields as well a considerable talent pipeline.

Exclusive Desk Space

Exclusive Desk Space

Up to two founders per startup are awarded desk space at the Data Future Lab's Downtown Brooklyn office during the six-month program — collaborate in-person for free!

Dedicated Attention

Dedicated Attention

Because Catalyst NYC accepts just six companies per cohort, you'll receive focused attention from our team.

Program Benefits

  • In-Kind Benefits of Up to $350,000

    From pro bono legal support from Goodwin, pitch coaching, financial planning, and resources from partners like Amazon and Google, our startups receive what they need to reach the next stage of business development.

  • Preferential Entry to Next Round

    After the six-month Catalyst accelerator and based on mutually agreed upon milestones, graduates can transition to our Next Round program, which we encourage for continued growth and support.

  • Open Network

    We'll introduce you to influencers and mentors in New York City's entrepreneurial ecosystem, facilitating speaking engagements and other marketing opportunities.

  • Access to START-UP NY

    This state program grants startups tax-free status while they're enrolled in accelerator or incubator programs at approved organizations like the Future Labs.

  • Prototyping Facilities

    Supported by a student intern, our companies can access the 10,000 square-foot MakerSpace at NYU Tandon's Brooklyn campus.

  • A Community of Driven Entrepreneurs

    Unlike non-curated coworking spaces, the Future Labs sports a community of collaborative, passionate founders with a vested interest in each other's success.

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