Impact Entrepreneurship @ TNS

What is the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative?

The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative supports early-stage entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to catalyze social impact and thrive in a rapidly changing world. We envision a world that works for us all, in which individuals from diverse backgrounds can do well by doing good, using their talents to shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economy.

Announcing the Venture Lab!

Are you an early-stage student entrepreneur at The New School, looking to accelerate your venture development and create positive social impact?

The Venture Lab is a keystone program of the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative. This new semester-long program is designed to help current masters students and upper-level undergraduates advance their entrepreneurial ventures by providing the support, resources, and capacity to build financially sustainable models that address critical societal challenges and demonstrate the potential for scalable impact. Accepted students will have the option of receiving academic credit for their participation in the Venture Lab during Spring 2018.

Application Deadline: Fall 2017 (exact dates to be announced)
Program Dates: January to May 2018


Learn How to Apply!
RSVPĀ here for a Spring 2017 Info Session:

Info Session 1

Monday, April 24th from 6-7pm
Wolff Conference Room (1103)
6 East 16th Street

Info Session 2

Thursday, April 27th from 3-4pm
Wolff Conference Room (1103)
6 East 16th Street


Venture Lab Eligibility

The Venture Lab is a competitive program open to current masters students and upper undergraduates at The New School who meet the following criteria:

  • Ability to fully commit to the program
  • Desire to develop a financially sustainable venture that addresses an unmet social or environmental need and has the potential for scalable impact
  • Tested proof of concept and ability to share what has been learned through direct engagement with the target customer
  • Priority is given to students who have developed strong relationships with the community they seek to impact, are working with existing stakeholders and have at least two team members

We recognize you will revisit your assumptions as you gain more insight from your target customer, however, strong applicants to the Venture Lab will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of the design thinking process
  • Have identified an unmet social need and have a vision for how to address this challenge
  • Ability to attract various types of resources and skills
  • Knowledge of the existing landscape, including other efforts to address this challenge
  • Have conducted user research and/or developed a prototype to test your assumptions


Resources for Prospective Applicants

  • Have you identified an unmet social need that you wish to address?
  • Do you have an idea about how you might address this challenge in a way that is financially sustainable and has the potential for scalable impact?
  • Have you engaged directly with your target customer to test this idea?
  • Have you created a founding team with between two and five members?

If not, we encourage you to explore the following resources over the coming months in order to refine your idea, test your hypothesis, and deepen relationships with the community you wish to impact. The deadline for applications to the Venture Lab will take place in the Fall of 2017.

There are many free or inexpensive online courses, videos, and toolkits to help you along your research and discovery journey.

Design Thinking & Prototyping Resources:


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The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative is made possible through the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation’s Inclusion challenge program. Learn more about the program here.