Daniel Lafuente Assistant Director, W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab
Danny Lafuente is the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab (NYU Stern) where he manages operations for the $200k Entrepreneurs’ Challenge as well as new programs. Prior to NYU, Danny was the co-founder and COO/CFO of The LAB Miami – a collaborative workspace and incubator that provides mentorship and educational programming as a means of catalyzing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida. Working primarily with technology and social impact startups, he has coached dozens of entrepreneurs through the startup process. He is a visiting lecturer on social entrepreneurship at the University of Miami and created The LAB Miami’s Art Hackathon, which was subsequently recognized as a Knight Arts Challenge Award Winner. He is passionate about disruptive technologies and helping people realize their own entrepreneurial potential. Prior to The LAB, he held concurrent positions at the Cuban American National Foundation and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, where he worked on matters of US-Cuba Relations and authored multiple successful grants totaling over $3.5 million for Human Rights development in Cuba. He currently sits on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations in the youth and STEAM education space. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. in International Relations.