Programs for Entrepreneurs

NYCEDC has created an ecosystem to develop entrepreneurs across industries and stages of business with access to information, training, and innovative competitions.

  • Artist as Entrepreneur

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    The Artist as Entrepreneur program aims to equip New York City's artists with the necessary business and management skills to successfully market their work.

  • Bio & Health Tech SBIR Impact NYC

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    A competitive one-on-one SBIR/STTR application assistance program for life sciences and healthcare technology ventures based in New York City.

  • Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab NYC

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    This Program features a mini-MBA curriculum, expert coaching, pitch preparation support, team building activities, and access to a community of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors.

  • BKLYN Pops

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    Unique pop-up markets for one-of-a-kind shopping created from long-standing, City-owned vacant lots.

  • Business to Business Agency Events

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    Starting in 2011, NYCEDC began organizing Business to Business Agency Events to engage specific industrial subsectors with City agencies and other subsector companies.

  • Community Health Clinic Expansion Program

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    The Community Health Clinic Expansion Program will provide working capital, technical assistance, and site location advising to NYC federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs) looking to expand to new locations.

  • Competition THRIVE

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    Competition Thrive invites organizations that support entrepreneurs to develop proposals for scalable programs that promote growth opportunities for NYC’s immigrant-entrepreneurial community.

  • Connect IBZ

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    Connect IBZ will provide upgrades to broadband infrastructure in the city's Industrial Business Zones, increasing access to high-speed Internet service in underserved Digital Deserts.

  • ConnectNYC Fiber Access

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    New York City helped connect small and medium-sized businesses to high-speed internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying companies.

  • Design Entrepreneurs NYC

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    Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a free, intensive "mini-MBA" program that equips select fashion designers with the skills they need to successfully run a fashion label.

  • Digital.NYC

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    Digital.NYC is the city's official online hub for all things tech and startup in New York City.

  • DigitalWork NYC

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    DigitalWork NYC is a training and employment program that connects individuals to the digital economy.

  • Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI)

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    The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a $6M public-private partnership fund to support innovation and growth within New York City’s garment production industry.

  • FastTrac

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    This business training program created by NYCEDC helps emerging entrepreneurs start new businesses and existing entrepreneurs run their businesses.

  • Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan: Take the H.E.L.M.

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    The re-launched Take the H.E.L.M. (Hire and Expand in Lower Manhattan) competition awarded up to four $250,000 cash grants and four $50,000 cash grants to companies seeking to open an office in Lower Manhattan. To receive updates on the competition, please add your email address to our email list at

  • HireNYC

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    HireNYC connects the City's workforce development services to economic development projects, identifying the best City resources to meet a company's recruitment needs and encourage local hiring.

  • Immigrant Bridge

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    The Immigrant Bridge Program connects highly-skilled immigrants to jobs in growth sectors, connecting talented unemployed and underemployed workers to the City’s economy and helping them to lift their families out of poverty.

  • Industrial Growth Initiative

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    With the Industrial Growth Initiative, NYCEDC is providing qualified small industrial businesses the opportunity to learn growth strategies from industry experts during a yearlong program.

  • Learn as you Earn Advancement Program (LEAP)

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    The Learn as you Earn Advancement Program (LEAP) connects Associate and Certificate candidates to employer paid internships in growing, in-demand occupations.

  • MGB Pops

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    Creating unique marketplaces and affordable vending opportunities, while supporting locally driven economic development in all five boroughs.

  • New York’s Next Top Makers

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    New York’s Next Top Makers is a program that encourages innovation and local manufacturing in New York City.

  • NYC BigApps

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    A competition that empowers the sharpest minds to solve New York City's toughest challenges through technology, data, and collaboration.

  • NYC Broadband Map

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    NYC Broadband Map provides an up-to-date view of broadband infrastructure availability in the city’s commercial buildings to help tenants make informed business location decisions. The map also facilitates connections between ISPs and commercial tenants looking for upgraded service, by allowing tenants to submit service requests directly through the site.

  • NYC Business Innovation Challenge

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    This Competition will challenge businesses and organizations in New York City to propose and implement innovative and sustainable programs and business models that will help foster upward income mobility for low-income and/or low-skill and middle-skill workers.

  • NYC Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative

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    Launched with anchor participation from NYCEDC, Celgene, GE Ventures, and Eli Lilly, the City of New York Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative seeks to launch 15 to 20 breakthrough ventures by 2020.

  • NYC Fashion Career Week

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    Fashion Career Week helps students, interns, young professionals, and anyone curious about breaking into the fashion industry gain special insight into careers on the business side of fashion.

  • NYC Fashion Fellows

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    NYC Fashion Fellows is a year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management.

  • NYC Fashion Production Fund

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    The NYC Fashion Production Fund (NYCFPF) was organized to support emerging designers based and manufacturing in New York City with financing to ensure that the city remains the premier destination for fashion design talent.

  • NYC Generation Tech

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    NYC GenTech is a technology, entrepreneurship, and mentorship program that serves promising high school students from across New York City who are presently facing disadvantages.

  • NYC Media Lab

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    NYC Media Lab connects companies seeking to advance new media technologies with academic institutions undertaking relevant research, in order to drive collaborative innovation.

  • NYC Next Idea

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    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 New York City.

  • NYC Solar Partnership

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    As a member of the NYC Solar Partnership with Sustainable CUNY and the Mayor's Office, NYCEDC has helped solar energy in New York City grow by over 800% in the past five years, making solar a competitive renewable energy source. 

  • NYC Tech Talent Draft Program

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    The NYC Tech Talent Draft provides computer science and engineering students with a firsthand look at exciting startup careers in New York City’s booming tech hub, while providing NYC Start-ups with a convenient, effective way to recruit top computer science and engineering students.

  • NYC Venture Fellows

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    NYC Venture Fellows is a highly selective, year-long fellowship program designed to help the next generation of global entrepreneurs “make it” in New York City.

  • NYCHA Food Business Pathways

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    This innovative business accelerator program, operated in partnership with SBS, NYCHA, Citi and Hot Bread Kitchen, empowers NYCHA residents to start and grow food businesses as part of New York City’s efforts to support entrepreneurs across communities.

  • NYCrafted

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    NYCrafted takes you behind the labels, to the intersection of where craft and technology are fueling New York City’s urban manufacturing revitalization.

  • Pilot Health Tech NYC

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    Pilot Health Tech NYC is an exciting program that provides matchmaking, funding, and technical assistance to innovative pilot projects that take place in New York City.

  • Promoting Arts Clusters

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    This program promotes New York City neighborhood arts clusters by fostering collaboration between businesses and arts organizations to spur economic activity and increase tourism.

  • reNew Lots

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    Engaging community partners and developing creative ways to spur economic development in neighborhoods across all five boroughs.

  • RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy

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    RISE : NYC is a global competition to identify and deploy new and innovative technologies to prepare New York City small businesses for the impacts of future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change.

  • Small Business Innovative Research

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    These exclusive full-day workshops cover all aspects of National Institutes of Health SBIR and STTR proposal preparation.

  • Solar Thermal Pilot Program

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    The Solar Thermal Pilot Program provided financial assistance to City-based building owners for installing solar hot water systems, offering grants of 30% of installation costs up to $50,000 per solar thermal system.

  • Taste of NYC Fancy Food Fellowship

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    Join thousands of food and beverage specialty entrepreneurs on June 28-30, 2015 at the internationally renowned Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center.

  • WiredNYC / WiredScore

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    WiredNYC is an initiative aimed at bringing transparency to broadband connectivity in NYC buildings. Since launch, the model has been expanded to other cities across the world, and is now known as WiredScore.

  • Wireless Corridors

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    NYCEDC awarded grants to expand free public wireless access across the city, providing local visitors, tourists, and businesses with free connectivity in key commercial districts to attract new businesses, connect residents and visitors, improve quality of life, and bridge the digital divide.

  • World to NYC

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    The World to NYC program seeks to promote trade and investment between New York City and the global economy by hosting business delegations from cities and regions around the world.

News & Updates


    NYCEDC Welcomes 2014 World to NYC Delegation, Encouraging International Businesses to Locate and Grow in New York City

    NYCEDC today announced the latest delegation selected in the World to NYC Global Industry Challenge, a competitive program designed to help globally leading businesses establish operations in New York City, and local companies and community groups benefit from best practices from around the world.

    "Jumpstart" Your Career

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    Attention jobseekers! NYCEDC and partner SUNY Levin Institute are currently accepting applications for the twelfth series of JumpStart NYC, a program that helps out-of-work professionals transition to new careers and industries in NYC.

    The Northside Festival: Music. Art. Film. Entrepreneurship.

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    The Northside Festival, Brooklyn's biggest music, film, art and innovation event is returning this year with over 350 bands, 50 new films and Northside Open Studios, and a new track: Northside Entrepreneurship.


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