In a press release, New York University Stern School of Business has announced the establishment of The NYU Stern Venture Fellows Program with $1 million from technology executive and alumnus David Ko (BS ’93) and his wife Jennifer Ko.
The money received will facilitate and afford Stern MBA students the opportunity of engaging in a new summer immersion program where they will benefit from financial support, mentorship, workshops and access to NYC and Silicon Valley tech companies.
The release also noted that the launch of this program coincides with David’s appointment to Stern’s Board of Overseers and extends the commitment to education that he and his wife initiated in 2012 with the establishment of the Jennifer and David Y. Ko Family Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship at NYU Stern.
“We are grateful to the Ko family for their generosity and to David for his decision to get more deeply engaged with his alma mater and help us continue creating innovative new student experiences,” said Peter Henry, Dean, NYU Stern.
“The NYU Stern Venture Fellows Program is an extraordinary opportunity for MBA students who come to Stern to set their entrepreneurial ambitions and dreams in motion,” he added.
According to the release, incoming full-time MBA students will apply in the fall 2016 for consideration to become the first NYU Stern Venture Fellows. The program will commence in the summer 2017 under the administration of Stern’s W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab and Office of Student Engagement.
The release also stated that the program will provide each Fellow with a $10,000 stipend, a prototyping fee, workspace and access to a multi-week summer program featuring a “Silicon Valley Immersion Week” that includes company visits and access to VCs, mentors, and Stern alumni.
Fellows will continue to receive mentorship support in their second year at Stern and can opt to earn course credit through a faculty-supervised independent study in which they can focus on their start up.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help Stern MBAs transform their ideas into viable businesses through the resources that will be available to them from the NYU Stern Venture Fellows Program,” said Ko.
“My goal is to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with early firsthand access to leaders in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley tech communities and help them get a jumpstart.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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