“NYC Tech Connect has been a fantastic addition to the NYC technology entrepreneurship community. We are thrilled to have such a collaborative, proactive, organized, and inclusive partner, and we work closely with them toward mutual goals. Shari Coulter Ford and Melinda Thomas have been excellent collaborators in our quest to make NYC an even better place to start and grow successful technology companies, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come.” — New York Academic Consortium (NYAC)

NYC Tech Connect is a new public-private partnership funded jointly by the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership for New York City and the New York City Council. Our mission is to foster the development of a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in NYC in the hard sciences (including bioscience, engineering, cleantech and material science). Through collaboration with universities and other strategic partners, NYC Tech Connect will provide programs, expertise and resources designed to accelerate the development of entrepreneurs and their resulting technology start-ups. One of the first initiatives is the establishment of an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for New York City (EIR) program. This is a prestigious opportunity for experienced entrepreneurs to help seed the ecosystem while looking for their next start-up.


NYAC Directors

John L. Harb
Assistant Dean for Scientific Operations
Office of Biotechnology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director
Columbia University Science & Technology Ventures


Brian J . Kelly, Ph.D.

Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise and Commercialization


Gregory Raskin

Office of Industrial Affairs
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Teri Willey

Vice President
Office of Technology and Business Development
Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Abram Goldfinger

Executive Director
Industrial Liaison/Technology Transfer
New York University


Kathleen A. Denis, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President
Technology Transfer
The Rockefeller University