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Meet the 2014 NYC Next Idea Finalists


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We are proud to announce the finalists for the NYC Next Idea competition. The six chosen teams come from a competitive pool of over 240 new ideas submitted from 51 countries across the globe. After two rounds of rigorous judging, NYCEDC and Columbia University are excited to welcome the finalists to NYC!

The six teams have won all-expense paid trips to NYC in April 2014 and will compete in a live judging round for $35,000, along with in-kind prizes including incubator space, legal advice, and payroll and benefits services. The teams will be matched with NYC entrepreneurs before their arrival and will then spend the week meeting the NYC entrepreneurship community, including investors, government leaders, and successful NYC startups.

Congratulations to all the new ventures proceeding to the final round of the NYC Next Idea competition!

Meet the six finalist teams:

  • Edenworks: U.S.-based company that delivers the future of urban farming with a sustainable, closed-loop agricultural technique that yields five to eight times more than traditional farming while consuming 10% less water and energy.
  • AirCare Labs: AirCare Tablet and AirCare Voice, based in the U.S., offer inexpensive and convenient solutions that allow clinicians to remotely monitor patients through customized checklists via tablets or telephones. 
  • NYC Breathe: UK and the U.S.-based company that makes a wireless pollution sensor that measures and transmits the levels of major pollutants. These sensors are attached to busses, taxis, and cars and thereby collect and aggregate pollution data in real-time that conveniently displays as a heat-map. 
  • NINU: German-based company that is the first digital pregnancy companion that offers comprehensive advice for a better lifestyle to expectant mothers through an app-hardware-service. 
  • Magazino: German-based company that sells automated storage-solutions that range from entire pallets to individual items. It can license its detection and storage algorithms and seeks to create a world-wide database of how to best handle goods with robots. 
  • Senvol: U.S.-based company that leverages 3D printing to disrupt the distribution and supply of industrial parts. They focus on which spare parts can best be manufactured via 3D printing, resulting in a reduction in secondary costs such as shipping and inventory. 
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