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Jumpstarting Aspiring Developers and Entrepreneurs (JADE)

2017 JADE Participants at Spotify

Jumpstarting Aspiring Developers and Entrepreneurs (JADE) is a week-long program that immerses first-year students of all backgrounds in the startup ecosystem of NYC. Students learn about tech and entrepreneurship through visits with companies of all shapes and sizes, networking with founders and investors, and fun adventures throughout the city. In previous years, JADE participants have visited companies such as Google, Facebook, Spotify, New York Times, Blue Apron, and Rent the Runway.

Through JADE, students will be able to gain an idea of why startups are growing so quickly and how they can dive into the industry. Students will also have an opportunity to learn introductory web development and will end the program by building their own websites.

The 2018 program will take place from Sunday, January 7, to Saturday, January 13.

For any other questions about JADE, please reach out to Marnie Whalen for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


What does a day in the JADE program entail?

In the morning, students receive instruction based on a web development curriculum for beginners. During the day, students will be visiting offices and meeting founders and other employees who will speak to them about the startup world. In the evening, after dinner and discussion, students will be taken on excursions in different parts of the city.

What is the program fee?

The program fee is $100.00 per student and covers food, transportation, and night activities during the week. Our application process is completely need-blind.  We are able to offer financial aid support to students with a demonstated need.

Who can apply to participate in JADE?

All current first-year undergraduate students in BC, CC, and SEAS are eligible to apply for the program.  All majors are encouraged to apply, as we want to focus on students who have had minimal exposure to the startup and tech ecosystem of New York! 

Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3611

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.