Start-Up City

On Thursday, November 7, Pace’s Entrepreneurship Lab and the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC host a groundbreaking forum on the role of universities in the NYC entrepreneurship ecosystem.


As entrepreneurship continues to drive growth around the world, what are universities doing to encourage and develop budding entrepreneurs? How does this impact the economy? Explore these questions and more as the Entrepreneurship Lab hosts Entrepreneurship NYC: The role of universities in the NYC ecosystem on Thursday, November 7, from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. in the Aniello Bianco Room on the NYC Campus.

Universities have long been integral to regional economic development. For example, the Morrill Act of 1862, which funded land-grant institutions, was a response to the industrial revolution. Universities also have a long tradition of contributing to the general welfare, which can be exemplified in the “Wisconsin Idea” that dates back to the late 19th century.

The enormous impact universities have on regional economies can be clearly illustrated by examples such as Stanford in Silicon Valley and MIT in the Greater Boston area. In New York City, the role of universities extends well beyond research and technology transfer. Local universities have been integral to the success of New York’s ‘New Economy’ by playing a special role in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This event will explore that unique role through a dynamic panel discussion featuring Eric Gertler, EVP, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Orin Herskowitz, VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University; Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research at Pratt Institute; and Geoffrey W. Smith, Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; moderated by Bruce Bachenheimer, Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab, with a welcome from Lubin Dean Neil Braun.

A Q&A will follow the panel, followed by a networking reception.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.

Also coming up at the eLab, the third speaker in their four-part Fall Speaker Series, Lynne Lambert, founder of NYC Subway Line, the popular brand, which sells tees and hats featuring the iconic NYC subway circles. Lambert will discuss the challenges of building and branding a unique brand on Tuesday, October 29, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the eLab. Topics include financing, production, marketing, and operation.