The next NYC Media Lab Combine accelerator program will take place in 2020. Please reach out to Amy Chen, NYC Media Lab’s Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, with any questions regarding the Combine (


  • The Combine 2020 application will launch at NYC Media Lab’s annual Summit, Thursday, September 26th 2019. Register for the event here.


  • Faculty and students at an accredited university located in NYC are eligible to apply.

  • The Team Lead must be current affiliated with an NYC university at the time of application to be eligible.

  • Teams that have already incorporated into a company entity are eligible to apply, but teams do NOT have to already be incorporated to be eligible.


“Participating in multiple programs has taught us how to fail quickly. Starting a company is an iterative, non-linear process and NYC Media Lab has provided us with the tools we need to overcome our failures. Not only has the Lab provided us with the vital curriculum to meet our career goals, but has also facilitated the necessary connections we need to get our ideas off of the ground.”

Courtney Snavely, Ovee


“Before starting Vidrovr, I was an engineer, and had the technical skills to build video search solutions for media companies but didn't have the connections, sales, or business savvy to make an impact. NYC Media Lab has introduced me to current customers, helped me with pitching, and has been influential in product development.”

Joe Ellis, Vidrovr

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“The Combine was fundamental in our company's product focus and company structure. The program's cadence was perfect for pushing our team to establish structured protocols, productive meetings and communication expectations. My background is pretty diverse (consulting, media and product) and NYC Media Lab was able to push us to iterate quickly, do more tests, and get out of our comfort zone. The connections they were able to make were invaluable.”

Jesal TrivedI, Aduri


The entire cohort of teams will meet from 9:00AM-12:00PM (noon) weekly on Friday mornings at RLab at Building 22, Brooklyn Navy Yard. During these cohort meetings, the teams will present assignments focusing on evidence of customer discovery and different parts of the business model canvas. The curriculum focuses on formulating hypotheses to validate or invalidate as each team completes over 100 customer interviews throughout the program. This schedule is subject to change:

  • Thursday, January 10th, 9:30am-5pm: An Introduction to the Combine and Business Models

  • Thursday, January 10th: 6pm-8pm: Kickoff Reception with Mentors

  • Friday, January 11th, 9:30am-4pm: Customer Discovery and Team Planning

  • Friday, January 18th, 9am-12(noon): Value Propositions and Customer Segments

  • Friday, January 25th, 9am-12(noon): Competitors and Sizing the Market

  • Friday, February 1st, 9am-12(noon): Minimum Viable Product

  • Thursday, February 7th: MVP Week – Happy Hour: Mentors & Teams Mixer, 6pm to 8pm, The Malt House, Greenwich Village

  • Friday, February 8th, 9am-12(noon): No Session

  • Friday, February 15th, 9am-12(noon): Minimum Viable Product Testing and Assessment

  • Friday, February 22nd, 9am-12(noon): Channels

  • Friday, March 1st, 9am-1pm Revenue and Lifetime Customer Value AND Storytelling Clinic I

  • Wednesday, March 6th, 9am-11am: Breakfast with Mentors, NYU Kimmel Center

  • Friday, March 8th, 9am-12(noon): Revenue models and pricing tactics

  • Friday, March 15th, 9am-12(noon): Partners

  • Friday, March 22nd, 9am-12(noon): Resources, Activities & Costs

  • Friday, March 29th, 9am-12(noon): Lessons Learned & Demo Day Prep

  • Friday, March 29th, 1pm-3pm: Storytelling Clinic II

  • Thursday, April 4th, 9am-5pm: Final Intensive Day Session

  • Friday, April 5th, Final Demo Day