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New Incubators Are Creating Communities of Entrepreneurs


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New York City's network of incubators is growing.

On Monday, NYCEDC opened HarlemGarage, a 6000-square foot incubator that has room for up to 150 freelancers, start-ups, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.

"We've learned that innovation thrives on collaboration and productivity," said David Rotbard, co-founder of MicroOffice, which operates the HarlemGarage. 

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Collaboration will take place in a community space that includes conference rooms, high-speed Internet provided by Verizon, and full-service office equipment. The space will also provide membership discounts to minority and woman-owned businesses as well as a business plan competition that will offer free incubator memberships. 

“The Harlem Garage joins a growing list of incubators across all five boroughs that are helping New York City’s entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “This incubator will help small businesses flourish, promoting the continued revitalization of Harlem and strengthening the City’s economy for years to come.”

The HarlemGarage joins a network of twelve other currently open incubators, and three more are set to open in the next year.

Recent and upcoming incubator activity:

  • Staten Island MakerSpace: opened last week in Stapleton.
  • Harlem Biospace: launches later this month and will provide affordable wet lab and microbench facilities, specialized laboratory equipment, mentorship, and business support to early-stage life sciences companies. 
  • Jamaica workspace: this space will be designed for creatives in the world of fashion, technology, new media, culture, and culinary arts. 

Overall, the 16 currently open and forthcoming incubators comprise more than 160,000 square feet and provide training and networking opportunities to hundreds of start-ups and small businesses. Over 600 startup businesses and 1,000 employees are currently located at the City-sponsored incubators, which have collectively raised more than $125 million in venture funding.

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To learn how you can get involved with our City-sponsored incubators, please visit our Incubators page.

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