What: NYC Media Lab Combine, a Lean Launchpad Accelerator for Early Stage Startup Teams from NYC Universities, Announces Demo Day: Nine Teams to Present Startup Concepts

When: Friday, April 8th, 8:30 - 11 am

Where: Hearst’s Joseph Urban Theater, 300 West 57th Street New York NY

Who: Supported by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYCEDC and NYC Media Lab member companies, the Combine matches faculty and students with industry mentors to advance new media and communications technologies and business concepts

NEW YORK -- NYC Media Lab, a consortium of universities and media and technology companies, will host a demo day featuring presentations from an inaugural cohort of nine teams participating in NYC Media Lab Combine, a new accelerator program to commercialize emerging media technologies from faculty and students at the city’s universities. The program is supported with generous funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and through the support of NYC Media Lab’s corporate membership. More information is at

Nearly 60 teams submitted concepts to the program, made up of faculty and students at 9 city institutions in disciplines ranging from design to computer science to engineering. NYC Media Lab, with input from member companies and advisors, selected 9 teams for the cohort to advance into a Lean Launchpad market validation program. Each team is supported by a grant of $25,000. Throughout the Combine program, NYC Media Lab matched teams with industry mentors. 

Cohort teams include:


Vidrovr: Vidrovr enables companies to better leverage and monetize their video content through automatic video indexing and content recommendation.

Joseph Ellis, Hongzhi Li, Dan Morozoff, Brendan Jou, and Shih-Fu Chang

Columbia University


SVRROUND: Svrround enables creators and brands to engage with their audiences in live 360 video streams.

Marc Abbey, David Cihelna, Abhishek Singh and Gene Han

New York University


eLytics:  We make public speakers more confident in their abilities through our emotional intelligence estimation cloud service.

Izidor Gertner, Bharat Rosanlall, Allen Kim and Klaudio Vito

City College of New York


AMuSe: Bringing the home sports watching experience to the stadium via new wireless technologies.

Varun Gupta, Craig Gutterman, Yigal Bejerano and Gil Zussman

Columbia University


BRAIQ: Interfacing A.I. with the brain for smart car personalization.

Sameer Saproo, Paul Sajda, Victor Shih and Sonakshi Bose

Columbia University


MusEDWorks: MusEDWorks is a design and development studio that brings creative and playful music-based technologies to the marketplace.

S. Alex Ruthmann, Ethan Hein, Diana Castro, Marijke Jorritsma and Kevin Irlen

New York University


Dartboard: A tool designed to automate your debt reduction based on your demographic references and spending patterns.

Gabor Tankovics, Yuchen Zhang, and Namreta Kumar

Parsons School of Design


Post from the Past: Mysterious monthly packages from historical people. Hear their voices & solve their stories through an immersive physical & digital journey.

Joanna Chin, Bryan Collinsworth, Shakti Mb, and Jaskirat Randhawa

Parsons School of Design


Data X: Data X is a digital studio dedicated to launching products and experiences that make us reevaluate our perspective on our online data trails.

Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores Mir

Parsons School of Design



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