Hi!  I’m Austin Crouse. I'm based in Brooklyn, NY, and I'm currently the Program Manager for Techstars NYC. I'm here to help founders build their opus and create thriving, meaningful ventures. I'm also here because I love NYC and I hope to make it home for some time. My dream is to start a company that does meaningful work and where people find meaning in their work.

In another life, I led investments at 4.0 Schools, a non-profit education incubator that has helped launch over 200 education ventures (new schools, learning spaces, and tools).  Here are some companies I’m particularly proud to have worked with: New York on Tech, Juicebox, Blink Blink, and Thrival Academies.  I designed and launched the Tiny Fellowship Program

I’m originally from Baton Rouge, LA (see: crawfish, the Saints, and beignets), but I spent my formative years in Georgia (see: the Hawks, peaches, and Coca-Cola).  I studied Mass Media Arts and Economics at the University of Georgia. A brief stint in Boston as a kid seems to have neutralized any southern accent I once had, but I’m proud of the good parts of the South and acknowledge its troubled history - such is the duality of the southern thing. I'm committed to building more equitable spaces wherever I work and live, and am particularly committed to creating more equitable access to funding for start-ups. 

I once started Pollo Con Leche, a production company specializing in web video content for nascent non-profits. We made some good stuff for folks like Touro Hospital and Communities in Schools

Ask me a question or just say hello!