Hacking Away at NYC's Waste


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Photo by David Gilford

By Matthew Weinberg, Senior Project Manager, and David Gilford, VP and Director, at Center for Economic Transformation

At IDEO’s #NYHacksWaste event this past Saturday, competitors were given 24 hours to create innovative tech solutions that addressed the issue of waste in New York City. Finished products ranged from “Tinder-like” apps that match people with unwanted items to a reusable coffee mug that works like Citibike. The winning team, Footprint...

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Spotlight on 2014 NYC Next Idea Winner: Senvol


Senvol is a NYC-based startup at the forefront of additive manufacturing.

In April, we announced Senvol as the winner of our fifth annual NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition. The group, founded in Philadelphia but now based in NYC, is at the forefront of 3D printing and was selected from over 240 teams from 51 countries—the most diverse pool of applicants to date for NYC Next Idea!

Prior to founding Senvol in 2013, co-founders Annie Wang and Zach Simkin attended The Wharton School as MBA...

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Made in NYC: Callida Energy


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Callida Energy is reinventing the way buildings work.

The average commercial building wastes 30% of the energy it consumes. The overall associated costs from the nation's five million buildings add up to billions of squandered dollars every year.

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Making New York's Future


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The cell phone. The air conditioning unit. Deep-fried twinkies.

These are just a few examples drawn from New York City’s long history of invention and innovation— a history that continues to evolve today, as the boroughs brim with ideas driven by the needs and imaginative powers of New Yorkers. At NYCEDC, we work to give people with ideas the tools they need to tinker, test and ultimately turn their ideas into thriving companies that create jobs. So we are proud to announce that applications for the 2014 round of

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Combating Climate Change with Technology


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By Lara Croushore, Assistant Director at NYCEDC's Center for Economic Transformation

Removable storm surge barriers, wireless mesh communication networks, batteries charged by solar and wind, disaster preparedness software...

These are just a few of the technologies in the running for NYCEDC’s $30 million technology competition, RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy.

How can innovative technologies help strengthen New York City’s economy by preparing small businesses for natural disasters? To...

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3rd Annual Competition THRIVE Finalists


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Immigrants are a driving force of New York City's economy.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the third annual Competition THRIVE, a program that aims to support New York City's vibrant community of immigrant entrepreneurs. Competition THRIVE, held in cooperation with the Western Union Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, invites proposals from community groups, businesses, and other organizations to develop programs that will assist immigrant entrepreneurs.

New York’s foreign-born...

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2014 Pilot Health Tech NYC Winners


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By Andrew O'Shaughnessy and Shahriar Khan, Center for Economic Transformation 

On June 26th, Pilot Health Tech NYC culminated in a demo day and celebration at the Alexandria Center for Life Science – NYC. Pilot Day was attended by 200 leaders from the City’s health tech, healthcare and venture communities who were treated to dynamic presentations from this year’s winning teams. The winning teams took home $1,000,000 in funding to validate new technologies through pilots in...

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World to NYC Smart and Sustainable Cities Challenge


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New York City is setting the stage for urban efficiency, sustainability, and innovation.

For the World to NYC – Global Industry Challenge program, NYCEDC, together with its partner New York International, is inviting the most promising startup companies from around the world to present their digitally-enabled technologies that make cities more intelligent, efficient, and resilient by optimizing use of energy, resources, and the built environment. This includes software,...

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Food Manufacturing in Brooklyn


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Food manufacturing is the bedrock of manufacturing in Brooklyn.

If anyone needed a reminder of Brooklyn's thriving food scene, today's Brooklyn Eats! event presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce served up delicious evidence.

As the borough's first food and beverage trade show, Brooklyn Eats! showcased Brooklyn-based food manufacturers and businesses at 630 Flushing Avenue, the former Pfizer building which now houses a large cluster of artisanal food manufacturers.

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RISE : NYC Connect


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VP and Center for Economic Transformation Director David Gilford speaks to attendees at the RISE : NYC Connect event.

By Lara Croushore, Assistant Director at NYCEDC's Center for Economic Transformation

Last week, over 70 people gathered at Green Light New York for RISE : NYC Connect, an event that brought together local Hurricane Sandy-impacted small businesses and finalists of the $30 million RISE : NYC...

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