Programs for Entrepreneurs

New York’s Next Top Makers

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.

2014 Program

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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 360Capital One Labs, and Capital One Investing for Good. Program operations are led by SecondMuseUpper West Strategies, and Nüams

2014 Next Top Maker Finalists

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

  • 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.
  • Kinograph: A software-hardware platform that makes it affordable to digitize film collections. 
  • 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 Finalists

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

News & Updates

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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.
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    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.
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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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