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New York’s Next Top Makers

New York's Next Top Makers is a challenge to prototype new designs that have commercial potential.

The goal of the challenge is to support design-driven production, and promote a culture of innovation and commercialization within New York City’s industrial business, design and engineering communities.

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.

2014 Program

Applications open here at 5pm ET July 9th!

To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of New York City or have a business located in New York City.

Please see the FAQ for additional information, or send an email if you have questions.

Before you setup your account and start your application, take a look at the questions included in the application here: Application Questions (PDF)

Apply now! 

Key Dates

July 9th - September 3rd: Apply to participate in the Studio Incubation Program!

July 23 - September 10th: Public Voting opens! Have a say in who becomes a NYC Next Top Maker!

September 15-19: Discover Making in NYC: Five-borough Pop-up Tour

September 20-21: Next Top Makers announced during NYC MakerFaire

September - August: Six Next Top Makers will receive 12-months of customized support to take their products to market and build a sustainable NYC product venture.

Past Next Top Maker Finalists

View the winners and find out more about past Next Top Maker Finalists.

News & Updates

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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.
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    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.

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