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Recently completed your PhD and want to harness your deep tech expertise to start a company? Want to do it in New York City and get funding from day one? Want to build a startup while keeping your academic track record? If so, consider the Runway Startup Postdoc Program.

Who should apply to Runway?

We accept top PhDs who have graduated within the last five years, and occasionally, PhD candidates nearing the end of their programs. Startup Postdocs are interested in the application of digital technologies in a broad sense. The faculty at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and Cornell Tech includes experts in connective media, health technology, security and privacy, computer vision and a number of other fields. Check out our faculty and the Runway companies that have already launched. If you think you qualify, please apply. Also, feel free to reach out with questions. Also, feel free to reach out with questions.

Application and Program Schedule

We are currently accepting applications for Public Intrest Technologies and Urban Tech.

We open applications on October 15th, 2023, close applications on February 15th, 2024, and accepted applicants are announced on April 15th, 2024.

How to Apply

Please apply here.

Application Evaluation

How do we choose who gets in? We’re looking for people who possess a passion for applying research to real-world needs, an innate entrepreneurial drive and spirit, and the willingness to be flexible and embrace uncertainty. We’re also evaluating candidates based on their ability to work well on a team and communicate effectively.

Our faculty play an important role in the admissions process. They’re searching for Startup Postdocs with expertise similar to their own, who they can successfully mentor. If there’s a potential match, Runway program directors, faculty, and current Startup Postdocs will interview the candidate and hear their startup pitch. These conversations may take place over Zoom or in-person.

Still have more questions?

Check out the Applying to Runway section of our FAQ, or contact us.