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Last night's second annual Take the H.E.L.M.: Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan awards ceremony at Goldman Sachs headquarters celebrated the resilience of Lower Manhattan, which has witnessed incredible growth since 9/11.
The Take the H.E.L.M. competition seeks to bring startups, as well as creative and technology companies from around the world, across the country, and throughout New York City to Lower Manhattan in order to encourage growth and diversify the area’s economy. With over 600 tech companies now based in Lower Manhattan, up from less than 500 over a year ago, progress has been impressive.
In its second year, Take the H.E.L.M. named 19 finalists chosen from over 300 applicants from four tracks: creative companies, technology companies, international companies, and domestic companies new to New York.
Four grand prize winners were announced last night—one from each track—who will each receive $250,000 to assist with moving or expanding an existing location south of Chambers Street. Four runner-ups were also announced, with each receiving $50,000 for the same purpose.
"The Take the H.E.L.M. competition is really about two things: transforming New York City into the most competitive city in the planet, and propelling Lower Manhattan forward into the next stage of incredible rebirth, "said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball.
Last night's awards ceremony also honored the late Liz Berger, President and CEO of the Downtown Alliance. Berger was a champion for the continued revitalization of the Lower Manhattan neighborhood and a judge at last year's inaugural Take the H.E.L.M. competition. The Domestic/New to NY award was dedicated in her honor.
Congratulations to the 8 winners:
WINNER: SiSense, Tel Aviv, Israel. Democratizing Big Data Analytics by pioneering a new approach that enables organziations of all sizes to make sense of their data.
RUNNER-UP: Neverbland, London, United Kingdon. A digital product studio developing web and mobile apps, evolving them into business platforms.
WINNER: Startup Institute, Boston, Massachusetts. An 8-week career accelerator for recent grads and young professionals wanting to transition into jobs at startups.
RUNNER-UP: Dinner Lab, New Orleans, Louisiana. Stripping back the dining experience to its most raw and essential form through three key ingredients: great people, food, and interesting places.
RUNNER-UP: SHoP, New York City, New York. A design and technology firm with known for think tank approach and use of technology.
WINNER: Sumall, New York City, New York. Connecting key online marketing and eCommerce data in one interface.
RUNNER-UP: Splash, New York City, New York. Creating a meaningful online event experience to bring the community together.
Congratulations to all 19 finalists, and many thanks to our partners at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation who funded the program. See you in the neighborhood!