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NYC Next Idea

New York City is where innovative ideas come to life. This exciting annual competition—now in its fifth year—invites you to develop business plans that can be launched in NYC.

Overview

The NYC Next Idea 2013-2014: Global New Venture Competition invites teams from around the world to submit business ideas that can be launched and operated in New York City.

Finalist teams will win an all-expense paid trip to New York City in Spring 2014 to present their idea to a prestigious panel of judges who will decide the prize winners. Prizes include a cash pool of $35,000, free workspace in NYC, pro bono legal advice, and mentorship from the New York City venture capital and startup community.

The competition is looking for ideas that address issues encountered in New York City as a result of the city’s infrastructure, industries, demographics, and space. This includes ideas addressing urban challenges found in NYC, as well as ideas aligned with major industries found in NYC such as fashion, financial services, media, and advertising.

Presented by New York City Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with Columbia University, this contest can put you at the forefront of the City's latest business breakthroughs.

Previous Winners of the competition have raised significant funding, hired employees, and have grown into vibrant businesses in New York City. Applications have closed.

For more information on the competition, please visit nycnextidea.com.

2013-2014 NYC Next Idea Winner 

Congratulations to Senvol for winning the fifth annual NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition!

A Philadelphia-based group that leverages 3D printing to disrupt the distribution and supply of industrial parts, was selected from a highly competitive and diverse pool of more than 240 applicants from 51 countries.  Senvol will receive the grand prize of $35,000, six months of free office space at Columbia Startup Lab and pro bono services from GLG Share, JustWorks, and Michael Kasdan with Wiggin and Dana LLP.

AirCare Labs was chosen as the runner-up and will receive six months of free office space at Columbia Startup Lab.

2013-2014 Finalists

  • Edenworks: U.S.-based company that delivers the future of urban farming with a sustainable, closed-loop agricultural technique that yields five to eight times more than traditional farming while consuming 10% less water and energy.
  • AirCare Labs: AirCare Tablet and AirCare Voice, based in the U.S., offer inexpensive and convenient solutions that allow clinicians to remotely monitor patients through customized checklists via tablets or telephones.
  • NYC Breathe: UK and the U.S.-based company that makes a wireless pollution sensor that measures and transmits the levels of major pollutants. These sensors are attached to busses, taxis, and cars and thereby collect and aggregate pollution data in real-time that conveniently displays as a heat-map.
  • NINU: German-based company that is the first digital pregnancy companion that offers comprehensive advice for a better lifestyle to expectant mothers through an app-hardware-service.
  • Magazino: German-based company that sells automated storage-solutions that range from entire pallets to individual items. It can license its detection and storage algorithms and seeks to create a world-wide database of how to best handle goods with robots.
  • Senvol: U.S.-based company that leverages 3D printing to disrupt the distribution and supply of industrial parts. They focus on which spare parts can best be manufactured via 3D printing, resulting in a reduction in secondary costs such as shipping and inventory.

News & Updates

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    Spotlight on 2014 NYC Next Idea Winner: Senvol

     |  NYCEDC
    In April, we announced Senvol as the winner of our fifth annual NYC Next Idea Global New Venture Competition. The Philadelphia-based group is at the forefront of 3D printing and was selected from over 240 teams from 51 countries—the most diverse pool of applicants to date for NYC Next Idea!
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    NYCEDC Announces Senvol as Winner of "NYC Next Idea" Global New Venture Competition

    NYCEDC announced that Senvol has won the fifth annual NYC Next Idea competition, a global new venture competition that encourages teams from around the world to launch innovative business ventures in New York City.
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    Meet the 2014 NYC Next Idea Finalists

     |  NYCEDC
    This year's NYC Next Idea finalists come from a competitive pool of over 240 ideas submitted from 51 countries across the globe. Meet the six finalist teams.
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    Meet the 2013 NYC Next Idea Finalists

     |  NYCEDC
    With over 200 entries to this year's NYC Next Idea 2013 global business competition, we have narrowed it down to six finalists! These top-tier teams will pitch their ideas this week to a panel of elite investors and entrepreneurs for the chance to win the $35,000 grand prize.
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    KisiBox Named NYC Next Idea Winner

     |  NYCEDC
    Announcing the winner of this year's NYC Next Idea Competition: KisiBox! The team from Germany is developing smartphone-managed entry security systems for buildings, apartments, and other spaces.
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    NYCEDC Announces KisiBox as Winner of "NYC Next Idea" Global Business Plan Competition

    NYCEDC today announced that KisiBox has won the fourth annual NYC Next Idea competition, a global business plan competition that encourages innovative business ventures to launch and operate in New York City.
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    NYC Next Idea 2013 Finalist Teams Selected

     |  NYCEDC
    Preparations begin for final pitches to NYC investors in March for the $35,000 grand prize!
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    NYC Next Idea Open for Entries

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    Register now to compete in the fourth annual NYC Next Idea competition! If you're a student with a business idea, sign up for the chance to launch your startup!
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    NYCEDC Announces Winners of "NYC Next Idea" Global Business Plan Competition

    NYCEDC today announced the winning teams of entrepreneurs for NYC Next Idea, the third annual global business plan competition that encourages innovative business ventures to launch and operate in New York City.
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    NYC Next Idea Finalist: Stylsize

     |  CET
    Meet finalist team Stylsize, which has developed a mobile-optimized fitting platform to enhance the shopping experience for the ready-to-wear apparel industry.
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    NYC Next Idea Final Round

     |  CET
    On Wednesday, March 21st at Columbia University, six finalist teams representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States will pitch their business plans to a judging panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and academics, competing for a total of $35,000 in cash prizes.
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    NYC Next Idea Finalist: TaxiTreats

     |  CET
    Read our Q&A with TaxiTreats, a NYC Next Idea finalist team with a plan to provide and manage proprietary convenience solutions for the transportation industry, including NYC taxi cabs.
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    NYCEDC Announces Start of Third Annual NYC Next Idea Global Business Plan Competition

    NYC Next Idea encourages innovative business ventures to launch and operate in New York City and raises the visibility of New York City as an international center for innovation and entrepreneurship.
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    NYCEDC Announces Launch Of NYC Next Idea 2009 Global Business Concept Competition

    NYCEDC announced the launch of NYC Next Idea 2009 Global Business Competition, an international business plan contest aimed at top business and engineering schools throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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