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 worldtonyc.com.
The second and final program of 2014 was on Smart and Sustainable Cities: digitally-enabled technologies that make cities more intelligent, efficient, equitable, and resilient by optimizing use of energy, resources, and the built environment. The 15 participating companies, from 10 different countries, included a diverse mix of organizations in the transportation, smart infrastructure, and energy sectors. From September 29th through October 1st, they attended 18 events that took place all across New York City. Highlights included tours of NYC Department of Transportation’s control room, Brooklyn Grange, and the Urban Future Lab, plus sessions with leaders from ConEdison, Hudson Yards, NYC Transit, Arup, IBM, among others.
More information on the session can be found on here.
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 Yard, New 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.
NYCEDC has conducted eight 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 Program||Countries|
|May 2013||Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey|
|August 2012||Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, France|
|February 2012||United Kingdom, France, India, Colombia, Brazil, Chile|
|May 2011||Singapore, United Kingdom|
|December 2010||United Kingdom|