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.
Through crowdfunding, online marketplaces, and innovative manufacturing, entrepreneurs are changing the way products are developed, funded, produced, and distributed. New York’s Next Top Makers wants to build on that movement, open it up, and put New Yorkers at the forefront of the independent innovation boom. This program seeks to make a direct impact on the City of New York by bringing together big thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and technologists to develop exciting new products and solutions that are designed in NYC, ready to be manufactured in NYC or solve problems relevant to NYC.
To find out more about the challenge, visit nexttopmakers.com.
The program has three core components, focused not only on the technological and manufacturing aspects of product development, but the entrepreneurial community as well. We offer:
A Web Portal and Maker Map: NYC innovators can visit to learn and grow their ideas by connecting to spaces, tools and each other. It will include a crowdsourced and user-friendly Maker “Community Map” to allow New Yorkers to find needed services such as UX design, engineering, legal counsel, manufacturing, distribution, and more.
Maker Community Events: A series of exciting gatherings that bring together like-minded people to share ideas, experiences and knowledge with the goal of strengthening the overall hardware, technology, and innovation ecosystem.
A Studio Incubation Program: A customized twelve-month accelerator-like program for six (6) Next Top Makers who receive a year of support to develop their prototype through access to mentorship, expertise, tools and other resources.
Next Top Makers is funded by New York City Economic Development Corporation with generous support from our sponsors including Microsoft , Autodesk Fusion 360, Capital One Labs, and Capital One Investing for Good. Program operations are led by SecondMuse, Upper West Strategies, and Nüams.
This year's Maker Week culminated in Maker Faire, where NYCEDC announced six teams of entrepreneurs who will receive a year of support to develop their prototype through the year-long Studio Incubation program. Their participation will grant them access to mentorship, expertise, tools, and other resources to take their idea from prototype to product.
This year's Next Top Makers
View the winners and find out more about past Next Top Maker Finalists.