The second year of the competition will award four $250,000 cash grants and four $50,000 cash grants to companies seeking to open an office or expand in Lower Manhattan.
The history of New York City is interwoven with the growth and development of Lower Manhattan. Here, merchants landed from abroad bringing with them wares to spur a new economy. Here, traders gathered beneath a cherry tree to swap goods – actions that would lead to the establishment of a stock market. More recently, $30 billion in infrastructure investment has attracted a new type of merchant – harnessing intellectual capital and creative ingenuity – and brought thousands of new residents and businesses to Lower Manhattan.
Watch this video and hear from Take the H.E.L.M 1.0 finalists what Lower Manhattan means to them.
To encourage the continued growth of Lower Manhattan, Take the HELM will award four $250,000 cash grants and four $50,000 cash grants to the following types of companies, in particular:
The Take the HELM Competition seeks up to 20 finalists that best meet the goals of the competition and seek to open an office in Lower Manhattan. Finalists will receive a $10,000 cash grant, an opportunity to interview with the distinguished Take the HELM Selection Committee, and will participated in exclusive business development programs in Lower Manhattan.
At least one $250,000 prize will be reserved for startup applicants and one will be prioritized for a company that is new to New York. The winners will be announced in November 2013.
Congratulations to the winners of the first Take the H.E.L.M.: Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan competition: Booker, STELLAService, Grapeshot, Paperless Post and The Flatiron School. The finalists were broken into five separate tracks: creative companies, technology companies, startups less than three years old, companies new to New York and companies currently in Lower Manhattan looking to expand in the area. Below the winners are listed within the track they competed.
Each finalist produced a 90-second video promoting their company, their commitment to the goals of the competition, and why they want to be in Lower Manhattan. Finalists all received a $10,000 cash grant for participating in the competition.
The nineteen finalists in the five tracks were:
|Startup||New New Yorkers||Technology||Creative Services||Existing Lower Manhattan Firms|
|Fathom Unlimited||Crane.tv||MedCPU||Flatiron School||Booker|
|Side Tour||Grapeshot||OrderGroove||Refinery 29||Bright Power, Inc.|
|Paperless Post||Rock Shrimp Productions||Of a Kind|
|We Work||Student Competitions AB||ThinkEco||SHoP Architects|