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.

  • Berlin to NYC

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    Berlin to NYC, part of the NYCEDC's ongoing World to NYC initiative, promotes trade and investment between New York City and Berlin by hosting business delegations and helping them to expand their businesses to New York City.

  • 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.

  • Build Business Capacity

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    NYCEDC is partnering with the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), and multiple Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to expand business assistance courses into additional languages (including Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Spanish, and Russian) and geographies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Curate NYC

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    The Curate NYC program showcases the work of visual artists in New York City through online exhibitions and live exhibitions with gallery partners throughout all five boroughs.

  • 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.

  • 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 an investment fund to help revitalize New York City’s garment 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 www.takethehelmnyc.com

  • 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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    NYCEDC is providing qualified small industrial businesses the opportunity to learn growth strategies from industry experts during a yearlong program.

  • Innovate Health Tech NYC

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    NYC is challenging local health tech innovators to develop commercially viable technologies to solve urgent health care problems.

  • Israel to NYC

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    Israel to NYC, part of the NYCEDC's ongoing World to NYC initiative, promotes trade and investment between New York City and Israel by hosting business delegations helping them expand their businesses to New York City.

  • LatAm to NYC

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    Promotes trade and investment between New York City and Latin America by hosting business delegations of Latin American-based tech companies and helping them expand to New York City.

  • 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.

  • New York’s Next Top Makers

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    New York's Next Top Makers is a challenge to prototype new designs that have commercial potential. The goal of the challenge is to support design-driven production, and promote a culture of innovation and commercialization within New York City’s industrial business, design and engineering communities.

  • 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 as well as a view of emerging demand for broadband services in the City’s commercial buildings and neighborhoods to help guide Internet Service Providers consider future build-out.

  • 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 will help 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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    As part of NYCEDC’s focus on fostering talent in the City’s growing technology sector, NYCEDC and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) are piloting “NYC Generation Tech," a new technology, entrepreneurship, and mentorship program that will serve 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 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 Urban Technology Innovation Center

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    NYC UTIC is a partnership between the City and local universities to support clean technology innovation and clean technology entrepreneurs.

  • 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.

  • 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 which provides $1,000,000 in funding to 10 or more innovative pilot projects to take place in New York City.

  • Programs to Support Food Manufacturers

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    Helping food manufacturing companies modernize their business models in an effort to grow NYC’s economy

  • Project Pop-Up NYC

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    The Project Pop-Up NYC competition recognized and rewarded emerging, innovative, New York City-based fashion retailers (both offline and online) and fashion-related technology companies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WiredNYC

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    WiredNYC is an initiative aimed at bringing transparency to broadband connectivity in NYC buildings.

  • Wireless Corridors

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    NYCEDC awarded grants to five organizations to expand free, public wireless access across the five boroughs to provide 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

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    "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.
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    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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