September 13, 2018

NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab and the Center for American Entrepreneurship Will Cohost a Panel on the Shift in Venture Capital Investment in Global Startup Activity

“The Rise of Global Startups: Exploring Trends in Urban Venture Capital” Will Take Place on September 18 and Will Feature Noted Urbanist Richard Florida and Executives from Top Venture Capital Firms and Government

NEW YORK, September 13, 2018 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab and the Center for American Entrepreneurship will host a discussion with top experts on “The Rise of Global Startups: Exploring Trends in Urban Venture Capital” on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

The geography of venture capital investment has shifted. While the United States continues to generate the majority of the world’s startup activity, other countries are quickly gaining ground. In the last seven years, venture capital investment increased by nearly 400 percent outside the US, while the US share of global venture capital investment fell, reaching a low of 30 percent in 2017.

During this half-day event, panelists will focus on what these trends indicate about the nature of startups and venture capital activity; whether venture capital has officially gone global; and what the policy implications are for the US and its cities.


Welcome and Introduction

  • Steven Pedigo, Director, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab

Presenting the Rise of the Global Startup City

  • Richard Florida, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Ian Hathaway, Research Director, Center for American Entrepreneurship

The Globalization of Venture Capital and Startup Activity: Where and Why?

  • Moderator: Chris Schroeder, Founder, Next Billion Ventures, and Author, Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
  • Beth Ferreira, Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
  • Eric Hippeau, Managing Partner, Lerer Hippeau
  • Jalak Jobanputra, Managing Partner, Future Perfect Ventures
  • Ian Sigalow, Partner, Greycroft

American Entrepreneurship in a Global Context: How Can the US Compete?

  • Moderator: Penny Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, 1776
  • The Honorable Jim Himes, Member (D - CT 4th), US House of Representatives
  • Bobby Franklin, President and CEO, National Venture Capital Association
  • Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC

Closing Remarks

  • Sam Chandan, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair and Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, at the Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square S., New York.

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies Urban Lab

The NYUSPS Urban Lab fosters thought leadership and develops the best practices that serve to shape real estate development and to explore and address unique challenges facing cities around the world. Working with real estate developers, city practitioners, and students, the Lab focuses on delivering market-based solutions that are designed to build greater community prosperity and competitiveness.  For more information, please visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. More than 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, Diploma, and Career Advancement courses each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE), and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty members, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation. For more information about the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 26,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

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