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An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: Made in NY Media Center by IFP

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What's incubating, NYC?

To date, NYCEDC has helped launch 15 startup incubators across New York City's five boroughs. These incubators collectively support over 1,000 jobs and 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. 

To kick off the incubator series, we entered the vibrant world at the Made in NYC Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Between the chalkboards brimming with ideas and video walls displaying interactive art, there is plenty of inspiration to be found within the 20,000-square-foot workspace. Did we mention a 72-seat screening room and cafe with a spectacular view of the Brooklyn Bridge?

Though the MINY Media Center only opened last October, it already serves as home to over 100 innovators in film, video, gaming, and technology. It provides affordable workspace and mentoring for media-related startups in industries such as film, animation, and advertising, all while serving its ultimate purpose of facilitating creative collaboration and inspiration. 

Made in NY Media Center Basic Facts

Incubator/Co-Working Space Name: Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Year Founded: 2013

Number of Companies Currently Working There: 100+

Neighborhood: DUMBO, Brooklyn

Closest Transit: F Train

Major industries represented at Made in NY Media Center: Film, Television, Gaming, Social Media, Advertising, Design, Animation, Music, Mobile Apps, Transmedia

Inside the Made in NY Media Center: Narratively

Noah Rosenberg and Brendan Spiegel, founders of Storytelling startup Narratively, report that since joining MINY Media Center in December 2013, they have been able to find their "people." As Noah and Brendan (below) grow their startup, which was founded in 2012, into a sustainable media business, they relish meeting other entrepreneurs who can relate to the ups and downs of building a company. Let's get to know them!

Media Center Founders

In one sentence, what is Narratively?

Narratively is a platform devoted to producing and sharing untold human stories from across the world, the underdog tales that mainstream media aren't finding. We also work with brands to help them tell their stories. 

What are the benefits of being a part of the MINY Media Incubator? 

The incubator is an inspiring and effective place to work, from the connections fostered by the staff to the collaborations with our neighbors.

Best day for Narratively so far? 

May 1, 2013,  the day we landed the number six spot on TIME magazine's "50 Best Websites of 2013." It was the first major acknowledgement of all the incredibly hard work our entire team and freelance community had put in since launch, and it was a sign that our little idea was having a big impact. 

Narratively Theater

What was your first job in NYC? 

Noah: I moved to New York right out of college and was a broadcast associate at CBS News Productions, the network's documentary and non-fiction production unit.

Brendan: I was born and raised in Manhattan so my work in New York started young. I was fifteen years old and teaching tennis to, ahem, charming kids on the Upper East Side. 

Favorite place near the incubator to nosh? 

The food trucks at the corner of Water and Jay. 

Best mode of transportation to get to the incubator?

Bike! 

Why be in NYC? 

We've occasionally come up with half-baked excuses to try and leave, but they really just don't hold up. NYC is alive and swarming with opportunities and inspiration. It may beat you down occasionally, but you just get up stronger and wiser as a result. 

Explore the treasure trove of narratives on Narratively's website, or surround yourself with other storytellers by paying a visit to the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

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