Programs for Entrepreneurs

New York’s Next Top Makers

New York’s Next Top Makers is a community-sourced incubator dedicated to connecting independent innovation with local production.

Through its network of partners, the incubator provides holistic support to startups that are developing and commercializing new products or methods of production. Next Top Makers is growing manufacturing in NYC from the ground up.

The incubator is closely supporting six selected teams of product entrepreneurs, or "fellows" through a seven-month studio phase. During this time, fellows will work with dedicated mentors on a product startup plan and will gain access to: a network of manufacturing, design, legal, marketing, and business experts; cash to spend on business growth; studio space; and access to equipment. The program will also guide an open community of product startups with workshops and events that will culminate in a product startup plan.

Next Top Makers is helping position New York City as a leader in the new production economy, stimulating the growth of an ecosystem that is dynamic, sustainable, and equitable for all New Yorkers.

To find out more, visit nexttopmakers.com.

2015-2016 Program

In its third year, Next Top Makers, in addition to providing prototyping budget and resources to six selected fellows, is also expanding opportunities for others to engage in the space by introducing a five-part series of community workshops geared at aspiring product entrepreneurs. Here are some of the key highlights to look for from Next Top Makers this year:

  1. Community Workshop Series for Product Startups: Starting in January through May of 2016, Next Top Makers and Impact Hub NYC will engage in a five-month series on what entrepreneurs need to know to launch their own product startup, ranging from business planning to design for manufacturing to marketing to understanding users to legal. Participants will be walked through the process of creating their own Product Startup Plan over the course of five months.

  2. Next Top Makers Pop Ups: A combination of Next Top Makers hosted events and existing community events where we showcase what is exciting about Making in New York City. Look for the Next Top Makers community at events like World MakerFaire, SXSW Interactive, and Northside Festival.

  3. Studio Incubation Program: A customized seven-month accelerator-like program for six Next Top Makers Fellows who will receive support to develop their product company through access to mentorship, expertise, tools, a prototyping budget and other resources as needed.

Next Top Makers is funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation with generous support from our sponsors including Microsoft, Nike, ImpactHub, and Make:Media. Program operations are led by SecondMuseUpper West Strategies, and Imagination in Space.

2014-2015 Next Top Maker Fellows

See last year's Next Top Maker Fellows:

  • BlackBox: Creates custom carbon fiber products for product manufacturers (automotive, aerospace etc.) in a way that significantly reduces the cost of production and leads to potential energy savings.
  • Capacita: A game controller that allows people with limited hand mobility to participate in video games, and that has the potential to increase digital access for the physically handicapped.
  • PourSteady: An automated, networked, high-volume coffee machine that creates pour-over coffee.
  • Sensory Percussion: An electronic device for drummers that turns acoustic instruments into controllers for digital sound.
  • Squink: An electronic circuit fabricator specializing in prototyping, Squink prints, and assembles circuits quickly and at a low cost.

Past Next Top Maker Fellows

Find out more about past Next Top Maker Fellows.

News & Updates

  • BLOG ENTRY

    Get Wacky At The 2015 World Maker Faire

     |  NYCEDC
    Come tinker with Next Top Makers this weekend! Applicants are invited to showcase at our booth located near the Startup Zone, right at the center of the event. Now in its third year, New York's Next Top Makers is a community-sourced incubator dedicated to connecting independent innovation with local production.
  • NEWS

    Move Over, Mr. Coffee, Mr. Pour-Over Is Here

     |  Source: Wall Street Journal
  • NEWS

    4 Cool Brooklyn Projects We Saw At NYCEDC’s ‘Next Top Maker’ Event

     |  Source: technical.ly
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Spotlight on Next Top Maker Fellow: Kinograph

     |  NYCEDC
    2014 Next Top Maker Fellow Kinograph is making it affordable for museums, universities, and private collectors to transfer their reels of film to digital files. Kinograph founder Matthew Epler shares the origins behind his idea.
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Kickstarter Inspires New York's Next Top Makers

     |  NYCEDC
    The spirit of invention pervaded the wood-paneled room at Kickstarter when the 2014 Next Top Maker community gathered for an evening of networking, learning, and inspiring with the Made in NY company.
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    Spotlight on Next Top Maker Fellow: DIYAbility

     |  NYCEDC
    2014 Next Top Maker DIYAbility wants everyone to know they have a right to participate in the design and making of technology. They've created Capacita, a game controller that allows people with disabilities to continue playing games with ease.
  • NEWS

    NYCEDC Hosts Next Top Makers Pop Up Tour

     |  Source: bxtimes
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Spotlight on Next Top Maker Fellow: Squink

     |  NYCEDC
    A team of 5 at Botfactory are building Squink. A 2014 Next Top Maker Fellow, Squink is a desktop electronics factory that allows you to design and create electronic circuits from home. Co-founder Nicholas Vansnick explains.
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Spotlight on Next Top Maker Fellow: Poursteady

     |  NYCEDC
    PourSteady is a Brooklyn-based startup that is building a robotic coffee system to make the perfect cup of pour-over coffee. PourSteady's first prototype debuted at World Maker Faire in 2013. At this year's Maker Faire, they returned with a new machine and brewed 913 cups of coffee. Learn more about the company from the founder himself.
  • BLOG ENTRY

    Spotlight on Next Top Maker Fellow: Sensory Percussion

     |  NYCEDC
    Sensory Percussion is a new-era electronic percussion system that combines the expression of an acoustic drum with the flexibility of a digital instrument. They are also a 2014 Next Top Maker Fellow.
  • NEWS

    The Economics of Building A Factory In Brooklyn — To Be Near the Cool Kids

     |  Source: The Washington Post
  • BLOG ENTRY

    National Manufacturing Day

     |  NYCEDC
    Today is National Manufacturing Day! To celebrate, NYCEDC is excited to announce the launch of “Meet the Makers,”our newest podcast series. Each month, we will share stories of the next generation of manufacturers who live and work right here in New York City. Listen to this sneak preview of the first episode that will be released later in October.
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    New York's Next Top Makers

     |  NYCEDC
    We are excited to announce New York's 2014 Next Top Makers. These six teams of entrepreneurs will receive a year of support to develop their prototype through the year-long Studio Incubation program. Learn more about them and how you can get involved in New York's maker community.
  • PRESS RELEASE

    NYCEDC Announces New York's 2014 Next Top Makers

    NYCEDC announces the six teams of entrepreneurs selected as New York’s Next Top Makers, a program that encourages innovation and local manufacturing in New York City.
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    Making New York's Future

     |  NYCEDC
    Applications for the 2014 round of New York's Next Top Makers are now open! Technologists, entrepreneurs, and designers can now apply for the opportunity to build their prototype and take it to market with the support of space, funding, and mentorship facilitated by NYCEDC.
  • PRESS RELEASE

    NYCEDC Announces Grand Prize Winner of New York's Next Top Makers Competition

    NYCEDC today announced that PowerClip has won the grand prize of New York’s Next Top Makers, a competition to promote innovation in New York City.
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    NYCxDesign: Makers, Jewelers and Design for Production in NYC

     |  NYCEDC
    Don’t miss NYCxDesign, a citywide celebration of design from May 10-21, 2013 to kick off year-round design happenings and events in New York City.
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    Six Finalists Named for New York's Next Top Makers Competition

     |  NYCEDC
    Today we announced the six finalists of New York’s Next Top Makers, a competition to promote innovation in New York City. The finalists – Nautilus Bowl, The Power Clip, MYBELL, Tangeez, Bonus Table and Slide Table – were chosen by a panel of judges and by a public, online vote.