Spotlight on Design Entrepreneurs NYC Winner: Becca McCharen


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Shortly after showing at last September's Fashion Week, Becca McCharen was announced as the grand prize winner of Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC), a mini-MBA program that equips select fashion designers with the business skills needed to successfully run a fashion label. Since then, the budding fashion designer has been busy designing new collections for her company, Chromat. Drawing from her training as an architect and urban designer, Becca creates garments for Chromat that are "structural...

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Made in NYC: HowAboutWe


HowAboutWe was founded in 2010 as a dating site, but it's now officially a media company as well. Last month, HowAboutWe acquired and launched HowAboutWe Media, a new independent media network with four online publications devoted to the topic of modern love. Though the company no longer focuses strictly on dating, its purpose remains the same: reflecting and celebrating the basic values underlying the pursuit of love.

HowAboutWe co-founders Brian Schecter and Aaron Schildkrout, who have been friends since high school, shared their thoughts on what it's like to work at their company.

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Singles in NYC

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by Andrea Moore and Kristina Pecorelli, Economic and Research Analysis

Good news, single ladies!

According to Census data, the number of single men ages 20 to 34 in NYC increased by nearly 5% from 2010 to 2012, compared to a 2% increase among single women of the same age. In other words, there are now 1.04 single men for every single woman in the city, up from 1.02 in 2010. 

*This map is an update of our 2012 analysis of singledom in the city.


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Preparing For The Next Storm Through Innovation And New Technology



By Lara Croushore, Assistant Director and Sander Dolder, Senior Project Manager
Center for Economic Transformation

We Can't Predict the Future, But We Can Prepare For It

Hurricane Sandy revealed significant vulnerabilities in New York City’s buildings and infrastructure networks. It displaced entire communities, stalled business activity, shut down transit systems, and interrupted critical utility networks for days. In the aftermath of Sandy, New York City now looks to prepare for a future that may include more frequent storms and severe weather. Hurricane Sandy taught New York City a lot about preparedness—but...

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Meet the 2014 NYC Next Idea Finalists


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We are proud to announce the finalists for the NYC Next Idea competition. The six chosen teams come from a competitive pool of over 240 new ideas submitted from 51 countries across the globe. After two rounds of rigorous judging, NYCEDC and Columbia University are excited to welcome the finalists to NYC!

The six teams have won all-expense paid trips to NYC in April 2014 and will compete in a live judging round for $35,000, along with in-kind prizes including incubator space, legal advice, and payroll and benefits services. The teams will be matched with NYC...

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Made in NYC: Onswipe


Founded in 2011, Onswipe is a New York City-based tablet publishing company that creates customized mobile sites for web publishers. Before starting Onswipe, founder Jason Baptiste worked on Cloudomatica business web app store that was acquired in 2011 with his business partner.

Since then, Onswipe has taken off, as documented on TechStarsBloomberg TV's documentary series which featured companies that were part of TechStars' New York City accelerator in 2011.   

Jason ...

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Fashion Manufacturing Initiative Winners Announced


As New York City kicks off New York Fashion Week (NYFW) , we are happy to announce—with Mayor de Blasio and First Lady McCray—the seven inaugural winners of the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI).

FMI is a $3 million public-private program, co-administered by NYCEDC and Council of Fashion Designers of America, that supports and promotes growth of small businesses in the city’s fashion and manufacturing sectors.

The seven winners will receive grants ranging from $46,000 to $150...

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Lessons Learned From Past Pilot Health Tech Winners


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By Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Tech and Bioscience Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

This week, 90 entrepreneurs and healthcare leaders attended a standing-room-only information session for Pilot Health Tech NYC at The Alexandria Center for Life Science – NYC.

Last year's Pilot winners joined Lenzie Harcum, VP of NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation, and Jean-Luc Neptune, SVP at Health 2.0, on a panel to share their experiences...

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Made in NYC: Solve Media


ari jacobySolve Media is a privately-held security and advertising technology service that was just ranked #48 on Forbes' list of America's most promising companies. 

The company, which is headquartered in New York City and Philadelphia, provides an

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Kicking Off Tech Talent Draft, Round 2


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Over 70 students attended Tech Talent Draft's Startup Panel at Columbia University this Tuesday evening. Technology execs from six NYC startups joined Center for Economic Transformation's EVP Eric Gertler for a discussion of the various job opportunities available at their respective companies. The panelists included:

  • Sachin Devand, Chief Technology Officer at AHAlife
  • Dave Stein, Head of Development at 
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