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An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: BXL Business Incubator

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What's incubating, NYC?

To date, NYCEDC has helped launch 15 startup incubators and co-working spaces across New York City's five boroughs. Over 1,000 startup businesses supporting 1,500 jobs have benefited from City-sponsored incubators, and these spaces provide affordable working space to innovative and promising entrepreneurs who are building businesses.

This Incubator Series provides an inside look into each unique workspace, the companies they house, and how they promote economic growth in New York City. 

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The historic American BankNote Building in the South Bronx was formerly home to a minting company that printed foreign currency.

Today, it's bringing entrepreneurs together for a new type of currency: community.

Inside the red brick facade, entrepreneurs work, collaborate, and hustle across a wide range of industries—technology, healthcare, and professional services—with the goal of launching and growing successful new businesses.

As the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx, the BXL Business Incubator primarily acts as a working space for entrepreneurs. More than 50 of them gather daily in the 11,000-square foot facility, an office space that includes 24/7 access to 120 workstations, office technology, conference rooms, and in-house business, legal, and tech support.

But as its tenants will emphasize, the BXL Business Incubator, is more than just an office space. It's a place for sharing ideas and support, designed for collaboration and real camaraderie. 

On January 21, 2015, BXL Business Incubator celebrated its 2015 launch and rebranding with its new operator, Business Outreach Center, and NYCEDC as its sponsor. BXL will have in-house counselors and resources to mentor members at all stages of business, from legal and financial consulting to technology and web assistance. Additionally, a robust programming calendar will allow for more networking and learning opportunities for members and the community.

Learn more about the BXL Business Incubator and meet some of the entrepreneurs working inside.

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Year Founded: 2012

Number of Companies Currently Working There: 57

Neighborhood: Hunts Point, Bronx

Closest Transit: 2/5, 6 trains, Bx6 and Bx19 Buses

Major industries represented at BXL Business Incubator: Technology, Healthcare, Professional Services

Inside BXL Business Incubator: Mass Ideation

Miguel Sanchez started Mass Ideation, a creative innovation agency specializing in design, motion, and technology. He has worked out of the BankNote Building since 2012.

In one sentence, what is Mass Ideation? 

We strategize and create content to deliver through proven or emerging technologies.

What are the benefits of being a part of the BXL Business Incubator? 

It's about being part of a network of peers and community that is forming. It allows us to look for positive outcomes from local entrepreneurs.

Best day for Mass Ideation so far? 

Depositing our first big check!

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What was your first job in NYC? 

I was a design intern at a record label.

Favorite place near the incubator to nosh? 

My favorite place is The Organo Gold Cafe in our lobby. 

Why be in NYC? 

If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere!

Inside BXL Business Incubator: Validated Learning

Bailey Beeken started Validated Learning to facilitate interchange between the right people, resources, and ideas for collaborations in B2B communities. In 2014, she organized the Senior Care Marketing and Sales Summit (SMASH), which brings the best in corporate level senior living marketing to learn about leading marketing and sales strategies. 

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In one sentence, what is Validated Learning?

We blend expert speakers, though-provoking themes, forward-learning trends, and vibrant venues, and stir briskly with the smartest participants to create the perfect content cocktails for B2B conferences and summits.

What are the benefits of being a part of the BXL Business Incubator? 

Networking, access to discounted business services, bookkeeping, and legal advice. There are smart people to bounce ideas off of, not to mention a beautiful space that is inexpensive for a startup. Plus, it's FUN!

Best day for Validated Learning so far? 

When we registered our 100th attendee for the SMASH conference! 

What was your first job in NYC? 

I was a concert producer.

Favorite place near the incubator to nosh? 

Charisma Cafe, baby! And of course, the Wildcat Academy Lunchroom. 

Why be in NYC? 

Are you kidding? 

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Interested in joining the BXL Business Incubator? Head to the Bronx, attend an event, or visit the BXL Business Incubator website to learn more.

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