NYC Media Lab's Combine is a venture platform to advance entrepreneurship in emerging media technology. The Combine offers a lean startup accelerator for university startups, corporate intrapreneurship programs, and executive education. Its goal is to help entrepreneurs and innovative companies take advantage of NYC Media Lab's community and the City's thriving technology ecosystem.
The university accelerator matches faculty and students working on new technologies emerging from universities with a lean process to advance customer discovery and business model generation.
Corporate intrapreneurship programs offer custom venture bootcamps, startup challenges, and pipeline programs for pilots and proof of concepts with emerging technologies.
Executive education programs provide corporate executives with professional development modules that focus on case studies and strategy frameworks for open innovation and design thinking with emerging technologies.
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Lean Innovation Fundamentals from the Combine
Curriculum: NYC Media Lab Combine provides a structured "flipped classroom" curriculum for entrepreneurial teams. The curriculum includes video lectures, "field research" for customer discovery, and weekly presentations that show evidence of understanding of the fundamentals of market validation and business model generation. Combine teams will conduct over 100 customer interviews in the program. Teams will develop a business model canvas in the program.
Community: The cohort-based program is a major benefit of the Combine experience. Teams support and learn from each other. The commitment to the other teams in the program results in the overall success and strength of the cohort.
Mentorship: Mentors from NYC Media Lab's network of innovation executives, faculty experts, and Combine alumni contribute to the growth and development of the Combine's startup teams.
Funding: Teams are also awarded $10,000 in grant funding when accepted into the program. Following successful completion of the program, teams are eligible for additional follow-on grant funding.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NYC MediA LAB & RLab
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership between the City’s industry and its universities to drive emerging media and technology innovation and entrepreneurship, and the founding Executive Director of RLab, a new 16,500 square foot facility including co-working labs, classrooms, studios, and more in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that is New York’s City’s home for VR, AR and spatial computing. RLab is the nation’s first city-funded center for research, entrepreneurship and education in virtual and augmented-reality, spatial computing and other emerging media technologies. Previously he was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist. He holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MSc in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.