ABOUT newlab

at newlab, we don’t just think about solving problems. we DO IT.

Newlab was founded to address significant societal needs by scaling and commercializing emerging technologies and companies.

Today, Newlab includes more than 900 entrepreneurs, partnerships with forward-thinking corporate and civic entities, and the support of domain experts—all working together to scale frontier technologies.

To date, Newlab has supported its 200+ member companies in raising over $2B in capital from 260 venture capital firms, with over $1.5B of successful exits and a collective valuation of over $5B.

500k sf
of acceleration assets
industry & gov partners
pilots launched
raised by member companies
aggregate value of member companies
in exits

From ships to STARTUPS

Newlab launched in 2016—our flagship location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard dates back to 1902 and served as the primary machine shop for every major ship launched during World Wars I and II.

Inspired by its rich history, we envisioned a way to return the building to relevance by championing entrepreneurship, innovation, and frontier technologies that transform infrastructure and build a more resilient, sustainable world.

Today, Newlab accelerates the development, scale and adoption of the critical technologies required to decarbonize the global economy and improve societal outcomes.

We bring together entrepreneurs and engineers with industry and government to apply innovation to pressing challenges in energy, mobility and materials.


No other building symbolizes the past, present and future of Detroit more than Michigan Central Station. For decades, the station served as the Ellis Island, where generations of Detroiters first stepped foot into the city for factory jobs.

After World War II, passenger rail declined sharply as individual car ownership and intercity airline traffic grew and service at the station shuttered. The building sat empty for more than two decades, becoming a symbol of Detroit’s bankruptcy crisis.

Today, catalyzed by a $950 million investment by Ford Motor Company, the train station and 30-acres of networked geography surrounding it, is being transformed into an open innovation district to reinvent the future of mobility.

Newlab’s partnership with Michigan Central is an unprecedented platform to build the future of mobility. We are leveraging Michigan Central’s strategic advantages of being the historic heart of mobility and a leader in electrification for next-gen mobility solutions. This combined with Michigan Central’s proximity to key corridors, it’s living lab environment, a reduced regulatory environment and a dedicated transportation innovation zone (30 networked acres) makes Newlab at Michigan Central a magnet for mobility entrepreneurs.

leadership TEAM

David Belt
Co-founder, Chairman

Serial entrepreneur/investor. Voted one of the top 50 most powerful people in tech in New York City by City & State. Board member of St. Ann’s Warehouse and Pioneer Works.

Scott Cohen

Entrepreneur/investor/artist lead Newlab to win Design Company of the Year in Fast Company's 2020 Innovation by Design Awards. Awarded The Urban Visionary Award from the Center for Urban Future and FIPRESCI Grand Jury Award for Best New American Cinema his Antarctic film, Red Knot.

Liz Keen
Strategic Growth

Tech investor/advisor. Partner at ACME Capital. Previously: Silicon Foundry, Sherpa Capital, Conde Nast, Harrison & Shriftman.

Satish Rao
Products & Programs

Technologist/innovation program designer. Previously: NYC Media Lab, Columbia Technology Ventures, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Garrett Winther

Engineer, Investor & Venture Builder. Previously : SOSV, HAX, IDEO, MIT & various startups.

Jarrod Scuglik
Operations & Finance

Entrepreneur/finance executive. Experience building companies and a veteran of the financial services industry. Previously: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan.

Emily MaggioTto
VP, People

All things People including talent acquisition and management, coaching and development, cheerleading, strategy, applied technology and general joy at work support.

Shaina Horowitz
VP, Products & Programs

Program/partnership builder. Previously: Bloomberg Associates, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.


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