Iona University’s GaelVentures Summer Incubator Empowers Students to Launch New Business Ideas

Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s GaelVentures program is designed to support individuals from all disciplines to develop entrepreneurial ideas


NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Are you looking to launch or grow your business? Iona University’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is offering a six-week summer incubator program plus a $2,500 stipend to help get your ideas into motion. Click here to apply today!

The 2024 GaelVentures Summer Incubator will take students and alumni on a deep dive into market research, customer discovery and product or service validation and development. By the end of the program, students will have a market-tested product or service ready for launch.

The program kicks off the week of June 24 and continues through August 1. The 2024 cohort will meet in person Monday through Thursday each week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The GaelVentures Summer Incubator offers a dynamic learning experience, offering students an opportunity to:

  • Delve into comprehensive business development modules
  • Attend interactive workshops led by local business professionals
  • Participate in collaborative working sessions
  • Receive personalized guidance through mentor sessions
  • Gain valuable exposure by engaging with potential clients

The incubator will culminate with a “Demo Day,” during which participants will demonstrate their product or service to local stakeholders and mentors.

Learn More or Apply Today!

Anyone interested in learning more is invited to contact:

Applications are live and can be found here. This opportunity is open to all Iona students and recent alumni who have graduated in the last three years.

Students and Chrisoph Winkler work at a whiteboard at the Hynes Institute.

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of more than 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona students enjoy small class sizes, engaged professors and a wide array of academic programs across the School of Arts & Science; LaPenta School of Business; NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences; and Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Iona is widely recognized in prestigious rankings, including The Princeton Review’s 2024 national list of “The Best 389 Colleges” and The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse’s “2024 Best Colleges in America,” which ranked Iona at #66 in the nation overall and #8 in the nation among Catholic schools. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is also accredited by AACSB International, a recognition awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. In addition, The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona also offers a fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, which is now principally located on Iona’s Bronxville campus in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian. Connecting to its Irish heritage, the University also recently announced it is expanding abroad with a new campus in County Mayo, Ireland. A school on the rise, Iona officially changed its status from College to University on July 1, 2022, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.