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20 Finalists Named in Take the H.E.L.M. Competition


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Today we announced the 20 finalists of "Take the H.E.L.M.: Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan," a competition which encourages creative and innovative businesses to open or expand an existing office in Lower Manhattan. The competition, administered by NYCEDC along with HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) and sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, was designed to encourage growth and diversification of Lower Manhattan's economy.

The 20 finalists, selected from a group of over 300 applicants, will each receive a $10,000 cash grant, and up to five winners will ultimately win $250,000. The finalists will take part in two days of programming in March, which will include interviews with the competition selection committee as well as producing a brief video for the committee about their company. Up to five winners will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on March 14.

“Take the H.E.L.M. is helping to highlight that Lower Manhattan is one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods, playing a central role, not just in finance, but many new and exciting industries. The 20 innovative finalists in this competition will now have the opportunity to establish themselves or expand within this already vibrant and diverse community, spurring further critical economic growth for Lower Manhattan and the entire City.” - NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky

The finalists are broken into five separate tracks: creative companies, technology companies, startups less than three years old, companies new to New York and companies currently in Lower Manhattan looking to expand in the area. One winner will be chosen from each track by the selection committee, leading to the final awards of $250,000 upon relocating to Lower Manhattan. The finalists in the five tracks are:

StartupNew New YorkersTechnologyCreative ServicesExisting Lower Manhattan Firms
Fathom UnlimitedCrane.tvMedCPUFlatiron SchoolBooker
SideTourGrapeshotOrderGrooveRefinery 29Bright Power, Inc.


Paperless PostRock Shrimp ProductionsOf a Kind
WeWorkStudent Competitions ABThinkEcoStyleCasterSHoP Architects

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