The second year of the Take the H.E.L.M. competition awarded 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. Merchants landed from abroad, bringing with them wares to spur a new economy. 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— one that harnesses intellectual capital and creative ingenuity—and brings thousands of new residents and businesses to Lower Manhattan.
Watch this video and hear from Take the H.E.L.M 1.0 finalists about what Lower Manhattan means to them.
To encourage the continued growth of Lower Manhattan, Take the H.E.L.M. awarded four $250,000 cash grants and four $50,000 cash grants to the following types of companies, in particular:
The Take the H.E.L.M. Competition sought 20 finalists that best met the goals of the competition and sought to open an office in Lower Manhattan. Finalists received a $10,000 cash grant, an opportunity to interview with the distinguished Take the H.E.L.M. Selection Committee, and participated in exclusive business development programs in Lower Manhattan.
At least one $250,000 prize was reserved for startup applicants and one was prioritized for a company new to New York.
All 20 finalists travelled to Lower Manhattan to participate in two days of programming, which culminated with a pitch to the selection committee and an awards ceremony on November 21. One winner was chosen from each track by the selection committee, which was chaired by Arthur Levitt, former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The twenty finalists in the four tracks were:
|Technology||Creative||International||Domestic (New to New York)|
|Lover.ly||HWKN (Hollwich Kushner)/Architizer||NEVERBLAND|
Dinner Lab Inc.
|Splash||Observer Media, LLC||Sisense||Fabricating Partners, Inc|
|SumAll Inc||SHoP Architects||Talent Garden||Startup Institute|
|Uber NYC||WeWork (WeWork Companies, Inc.)||Zwift International Pty Ltd||Vidcaster Inc.|
Below are the winners of the first Take the H.E.L.M. competition, all listed within the track they competed:
The four runners-up included SHoP Architects, NEVERBLAND, Dinner Lab Inc., and Splash.
View the winners from past Take the H.E.L.M. competitions.