The CTED Entrepreneurship Lab works to originate and implement high impact ideas that solve major developing world problems in:

1. Food and agriculture.
2. Health care.
3. Education & Employment.
4. Mobile, Money and Finance.
5. Energy.


The CTED Entrepreneurship Lab brings together groups of students and faculty across the NYU community (through workshops, seminars, laboratory sessions, one-on-one work sessions, etc.) to conceive, develop and implement path-breaking solutions to major global development problems.


The CTED Entrepreneurship Lab leverages a research-driven, multi-disciplinary, field-based approach that converts ideas into high impact start-ups, NGOs, think tanks, policy and more.

For more information about the CTED Entrepreneurship Lab please contact Mr. Eddie Mandhry: mandhry@nyu.edu

Lab Faculty

yaw-nyarko2Yaw NyarkoDirector, Center for Technology & Economic Development

Yaw Nyarko, a native of Ghana, is a Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and the Director of the Center for Technology and Economic Development.  He is also the Co-Director of the Development Research Institute, winner of the 2009  BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation, and Founding Director of NYU Africa House.  His research interests are in the area of Economic Development and Theoretical Economics.   He has worked on models of human capital as engines of economic growth, as well as on the Brain Drain and skills acquisition in the growth process, and is currently engaged in research on Technology and Economic Development.

Professor Nyarko is the author of many published research papers and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and has served as Editor/Associate Editor on a number of academic economics journals.  He has also served as a consultant to many organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Social Science Research Council. Professor Nyarko is the immediate past Vice Provost of New York University, with a portfolio which included the oversight and establishment of campuses of NYU in Africa and around the world.  Professor Nyarko received a B.A. from the University of Ghana, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.

Hans copyHans Taparia Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

Hans Taparia joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Adjunct Professor in 2011 and teaches a class on social entrepreneurship. He is co-founder and President of Preferred Brands International (PBI). PBI, set up in 1995, is a food company based in Stamford, Connecticut, that manufactures a range of specialty foods under the brand Tasty Bite. Tasty Bite is currently the highest selling brand of Indian food and amongst the top selling brands of Asian food sold in North America.

Professor Taparia is also a co-founder of ASG-Omni, a US and India based management consulting firm and incubator. ASG-Omni was a co-founder of Bangalore based Tejas Networks, which has grown to become one of the top 10 optical networking companies in the world.

Professor Taparia has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Associate Professor at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian is an Associate Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networks, distributed systems and computing for development. He leads the Networks and Wide-Area Systems(NeWS) research group, and the CATER Lab at NYU. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2009), IBM Faculty Awards (2009, 2010), Google Faculty Award (2013), C.V. Ramamoorthy Award at UC Berkeley and Microsoft Research Challenge Award on “Cellphones for Healthcare” (2008).


Lab Staff


Eddie Mandhry, Associate Director, NYU Africa House

Eddie  manages the operations of the CTED Entrepreneurship Lab. He is also responsible for managing Africa House’s public engagement programs that spotlight Africa-focused research conducted by members of the NYU academic community. He coordinates seminars, conferences and symposiums featuring local and international dignitaries, thought leaders and practitioners. The flagship programs aim to promote critical dialogue and debate on evolving social, economic, and political trends linked to development in Africa.

He holds a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College, a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Exc. Ed. Program.