NJII Acceleration Services

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What does it take to accelerate from concept to commercialization?

As an innovation engine, we support the nurturing of start-ups at high speed.  It's not just a service, it is a way of business for us.  Helping entrepreneurs transform their innovative ideas into successful startups is in our DNA. We know what it takes to succeed because we have what it takes to identify opportunity and turn it in to reality.  NJII acceleration services provide the framework, expert guidance, connections, and support resources necessary to fuel growth in New Jersey and beyond.  This ecosystem of support and resources are provided by actual entrepreneurs.  Who you partner with matters.


How We Help

At NJII, we understand the challenges entrepreneurs and early-stage startups face, because we’ve been there ourselves.  We offer first-hand experience advising.

Our comprehensive programs are designed to turn up dial and accelerate beyond today's hurdles.  Our experienced team is there to guide you the entire way. Our acceleration services will help get you through the inevitable peaks and valleys that come with entrepreneurship so that you can focus on what’s most important – building your startup.  

Expert Mentors

Expert Mentors

NJII has deep connections with industry leaders and subject matter experts who can provide insights and advice you need to succeed, alongside our internal NJII staff of experts who are at your disposal.

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Tailored Learning

Tailored Learning

Our curriculum focuses on the core aspects of business development and innovation that’s most helpful to building your startup.

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Lab Sace

Coworking & Lab Space

Use our state-of-the art coworking space and wet labs designed to foster collaboration and innovation right on NJIT’s campus in Newark, NJ.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

From pitch practice to investor showcases, we’ll connect you with a wide range of investors and non-dilutive funding opportunities to fuel your growth.

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New Jersey Innovation Fellows (NJIF)

NJIF enables first-time entrepreneurs to commit to a startup full-time for two years through an income-replacement grant. In partnership with the NJEDA, NJII provides a structured framework, mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities to help early-stage startups grow rapidly and efficiently.  

Learn more about NJIF and how to apply here. 

Merck Digital Science Studio (MDSS)

Beginning in 2022, NJII collaborated with Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, to create the MDS Studio. MDS Studio is an annual 10-month hands-on accelerator program providing mentorship, coaching, training, support, community, and investment to enable the next generation of innovative technologies for drug discovery and development. The MDS Studio’s unique design and network empowers startups to engage with industry leading partners, who take an active role in development. 

 Learn more about MDS Studio and how to apply here.  

Paul Profeta

Paul Profeta Community Program

This free program has been developed by Paul Profeta to meet the underserved needs of budding entrepreneurs in the Newark, NJ area. The workshop program includes 27 hours of instruction on key topics in entrepreneurship, delivered by Paul Profeta. 

Learn more about the Paul Profeta Community Program and how to apply here

Community Networking

Join our monthly Open Coffee Club networking events to connect with investors, founders, and other key ecosystem members. Join us each month on the first Wednesday of the month.  Located at Profeta Center, 211 Warren Street Newark, NJ.

Connect with the NJ startup ecosystem, REGISTER HERE

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