Tech hubs have sprung up all over the world and call it native pride, but let’s face it: there’s something special about New York. Yes, we’ve built a bustling and supportive community, and one that tends to go beyond the pale. One of the many things that sets the NY tech ecosystem apart is the NYC Venture Fellows, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures in New York City by giving them access to and mentoring by some of the city’s top investors and business leaders. A joint initiative between the city’s Economic Development Corp. and the 92nd Street Y, past Fellows have included the founders of such New York notables as Warby Parker, Etsy, Rent the Runway, SecondMarket, MakerBot, Codecademy, comiXology, Raspberry Pi, Songza and many more.
This newest group is equally impressive, covering everything from enterprise to ecommerce, from social good to social bicycles, from fashion to finance. They’re alumns of Techstars, YCombinator, ER Accelerator and Springboard. One won a BigApps Award, another a Bronze Medal. The list includes a Kaufman Fellow and a Tisch.
Joey Ortiz, the Director of Fellowships at 92Y, Center for Innovation and Social Impact, shared some thoughts with us on the year-long experience.
“Being selected into the Venture Fellows means joining a network of intelligent, driven, and community oriented founders who know that supporting each other’s growth will make each one of them better leaders, and in turn, help them continue to grow their already successful ventures.”
And now that moment you’ve been waiting for: here are the 33 member of the NYC Venture Fellows Class of 2015.
All image credit: NYC Venture Fellows
AlleyWatch staff note: This list is in no particular order nor is it a ranking. In fact, the =RAND() function on excel was used to determine order with the exception of the placement of our Founder and CEO who is included last. Lastly, our founder’s acceptance into the fellowship had no impact on our decision to publish this piece.