NYCEDC hosts a number of competitions each year to help drive creative entrepreneurship and attract top-tier talent to New York City.

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    New York’s Next Top Makers

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    New York’s Next Top Makers is a program that encourages innovation and local manufacturing in New York City. Next Top Makers increases New Yorkers’ access to new technology, technical knowhow and other resources; assists a cohort of selected Fellows to establish and grow their product businesses in NYC; and connects the surge in prototyping and production activity with New York City’s existing manufacturing and industrial capabilities that already provide well-paying jobs to almost 500,000 New Yorkers.

  • Clean Technology & Energy /  Competition

    RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy

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    RISE : NYC is a global competition to identify and deploy new and innovative technologies to prepare New York City small businesses for the impacts of future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

  • Media & Emerging Tech

    Pilot Health Tech NYC

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    Pilot Health Tech NYC is an exciting program that provides matchmaking, funding, and technical assistance to innovative pilot projects that take place in New York City.

  • Programs for Entrepreneurs /  Competition /  Food

    Competition THRIVE

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    Competition Thrive invites organizations that support entrepreneurs to develop proposals for scalable programs that promote growth opportunities for NYC’s immigrant-entrepreneurial community.

  • Workforce & Local Business

    NYC Business Innovation Challenge

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    This Competition will challenge businesses and organizations in New York City to propose and implement innovative and sustainable programs and business models that will help foster upward income mobility for low-income and/or low-skill and middle-skill workers.

  • Competition /  Media & Emerging Tech

    NYC BigApps

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    A competition that empowers the sharpest minds to solve New York City's toughest challenges through technology, data, and collaboration.

  • Programs for Entrepreneurs /  Competition

    Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan: Take the H.E.L.M.

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    The re-launched Take the H.E.L.M. (Hire and Expand in Lower Manhattan) competition awarded up to four $250,000 cash grants and four $50,000 cash grants to companies seeking to open an office in Lower Manhattan. To receive updates on the competition, please add your email address to our email list at


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