Maroon and Gold Labs

Supporting Cooper Union students since 2019

What is M&G?

What We Do

Maroon and Gold Labs is a non-profit corporation that is designed to incubate ideas created by Cooper Union students, staff, faculty and alumni. Teams with promising ideas will be matched with a team of mentors, spearheaded by a mentor captain with experience in the team’s field of knowledge and idea development stage. 

How It Works

Cooper teams apply to the program with an idea for a new venture. Teams with a marketable business model that delivers an innovative solution are accepted into the lab to develop their idea while receiving support from alumni mentors. At the end of each academic cycle, teams will report on their progress and be eligible for the continued support.

We’re looking for mentors to help in:

  • Product Strategy 
  • Sales /Marketing 
  • Finance Planning
  • Capital Raising
  • Legal Counsel
  • Product R&D
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Industry Knowledge

Volunteer opportunities

  • Social media manager (FB/Instagram/LinkedIn)
  • Webmaster (Manages site design and updates)


Our first grant winner, Twist-Talk!

We accepted entrepreneurs Brian Chung (EE ’21) and Hannah Quirk (ME ’21) into the M&G incubator for their invention, Twist-Talk! 

Twist-Talk is an assistive communication aid intended for nonverbal children with autism spectrum disorder. It is portable, provides autism appropriate tactile feedback, is never overwhelming for the child, and is extremely intuitive to use. The device will be the first to empower autistic children to fluidly communicate.

They are working closely with a mentor captain Howie Rosenblatt (EE ‘91) to fulfill the milestones they’ve set and perform product testing, in order to acquire the second half of the $5k grant.

If you are interested in mentoring…

  • Please fill out this Mentor Interest Survey
  • Then, we can follow up with a Mentor Agreement for you to sign so we can create a profile for you to feature on our website as a potential mentor.

Contact Us!

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You can contact us through our Operations Manager, Austin Wong, at 

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