Programs for Entrepreneurs

World to NYC

World to NYC is designed to help global entrepreneurs and businesses leverage New York City's resources and economic opportunities.

This program will connect innovators in specific industries from around the world with local stakeholders, share global best practices, strengthen the city’s economy, and create more economic opportunities for all.

Through a competitive selection process, the World to NYC – Global Industry Challenge brings the most innovative later stage and established startups from around the world to NYC. While they are here, each company will get an inside look into NYC’s ecosystem and begin to build partnerships with local and national firms along with relevant community groups. For more information, please visit

Global Industry Challenge 2014

Fall Session - Smart and Sustainable Cities

New York City is setting the stage for urban efficiency, sustainability, and innovation. The theme for the second W2NYC program of 2014 is Smart and Sustainable Cities and will take place from September 29th through October 1st. We are looking for digitally-enabled technologies that make cities more intelligent and resilient. This includes software, hardware, and connected devices that optimize the use of energy, resources, and the built environment.

Applications are now closed. Visit the W2NYC homepage for more information on the selected organizations.

Spring Session: New Manufacturing

The first program in 2014 focused on "New" Manufacturing: the growing convergence between software and the physical world, the rise of 3D printing, and connected devices. Over the course of three days (May 12-14), thirteen events were organized which were attended by over 55 local organizations and more than 300 people. Highlights included tours of the Brooklyn Navy YardNew Lab, NYDesigns, and the Urban Future Lab, plus interactive sessions with leaders from GE, Pfizer, Quirky, and MakerBot.

More information on the session can be found on the New Manufacturing page. 

World to NYC (2010-2013)

NYCEDC has conducted seven iterations of the World to NYC program. Prior versions targeted international startups with the potential to expand into NYC. Program sessions were evenly divided between presentations on topics of interest (e.g., legal issues, NYC business ecosystem), tours of relevant sites (e.g., business incubators), and networking receptions. Delegates from the following countries have participated in the program:

Date of ProgramCountries
October 2013Israel
May 2013Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey
August 2012Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, France
February 2012United Kingdom, France, India, Colombia, Brazil, Chile
May 2011Singapore, United Kingdom
April 2011China
December 2010United Kingdom

News & Updates


    DCAS Partners With W2NYC To Launch IDEA Program

     |  NYCEDC
    Do you have a technology that can reduce building energy use & operating costs? The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services is partnering with World to NYC to help find companies to participate in its newly-launched Innovative Demonstrations for Energy Adaptability (IDEA) program.

    World to NYC Smart and Sustainable Cities Challenge

     |  NYCEDC
    World to NYC's Smart and Sustainable Cities Challenge is looking for digitally-enabled technologies that will make cities more intelligent, efficient, and resilient by optimizing use of energy, resources, and the built environment. Have an idea? Applications are open.

    NYCEDC Announces 2014 World to NYC Program, Encouraging International Businesses To Locate And Grow In New York City

    NYCEDC today announced the 2014 World to NYC program, a business-to-business program designed to help leading businesses from around the world establish operations in the City, and encourage local companies and community groups to benefit from global best practices.

    World To NYC Launches New Manufacturing Challenge

     |  NYCEDC
    World to NYC is launching its new Global Industry Challenge. Apply for the New Manufacturing delegation today.

    Top Israeli Startups Visit NYC

     |  NYCEDC
    Israel to NYC, an exclusive three-day program, brought 14 selected Israeli startups to New York City for an intensive 3 days of meetings, workshops, networking, and site visits.

    NYC to Israel 2013

     |  NYCEDC
    From April 8-11, 2013, NYCEDC staged NYC to Israel 2013, a four-day trip that toured the best of the technology communities in the “startup nation.”

    World to NYC: Central Eastern Europe

     |  NYCEDC
    From May 6th to 8th, NYCEDC's International Desk will welcome its first Central Eastern European delegation! Representing such countries as Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Romania, the delegates will partake in panel discussions, service provider presentations, company tours, and networking events.

    NYCEDC Announces Third Class of "NYC Venture Fellows"

     |  NYCEDC
    The annual program connects 30 entrepreneurs from around the world with mentors from leading companies. Find out more about the 2013 class of Venture Fellows.

    LatAm to NYC Wraps Up

     |  NYCEDC
    On August 8th, NYCEDC wrapped up another successful round of the World to NYC program; this time focusing on Latin American tech startups.

    LatAm to NYC

     |  NYCEDC
    Starting August 6th, we're welcoming Latin American tech entrepreneurs to NYC for the very first Latin American-focused World to NYC.

    World to NYC Recap

     |  CET
    World to NYC, a program that promotes trade and investment between NYC and the global economy, drew over 50 participants representing 32 companies from over 10 countries.
  • NEWS

    Could New York be a better US base for European startups than the Valley?

     |  Source: TechCrunch

    World to NYC

     |  CET
    World to NYC kicks off today! Some 35 international tech startup companies will explore all that New York City has to offer and learn from experts about NYC business and culture.


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