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NYC Next Idea Final Round

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ReFleX, last year’s winning undergraduate team, pitches their NYC Next Idea at the final round. Photo credit: NYCEDC

The final round of NYC Next Idea 2011-2012 is coming up! Now in its third year, the NYC Next Idea global business plan competition for students and recent graduates encourages innovative business ventures to launch and operate in New York City, while raising the visibility of NYC as an international center for innovation and showcasing talent from universities around the world. The competition is sponsored by NYCEDC in partnership with Columbia University’s Engineering School with a goal to attract groundbreaking start-up companies to New York City.

On Wednesday, March 21st at Columbia University, six finalist teams representing Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States will pitch their business plans to a judging panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and academics, competing for a total of $35,000 in cash prizes. The finalists are:

NYC Connect Track (teams with one NYC-based full-time student):

  • AnaLyse is an NYC-based life science lab equipment startup working to develop a disruptive technology for the homogenization of animal tissue for animal studies
  • IDEA NYC (Innovation through Design Education and Art) seeks to develop a non-profit fashion label that produces and markets products imagined by NYC children
  • TaxiTreats provides and manages vending machines and proprietary convenience solutions for NYC taxi cabs, to be scaled for the transportation industry

International Track (teams with all international members):

  • CityShare aims to create stronger ties within one’s neighborhood by creating a mobile marketplace for peer-to‐peer rentals
  • Marketing Prevision is developing the Prevision Camera, an intelligent, stand-alone camera embedded with software that can interpret mood, number, gender, age, and facial expressions to provide real-time marketing analytics
  • Stylsize has developed a mobile-optimized fitting platform to enhance the shopping experience for the ready-to-wear apparel industry, enabling shoppers to visualize how a garment fits and flatters the body without the frustrating guesswork associated with today’s online shopping

These NYC Next Idea finalist teams were chosen from 270 business plans, submitted by 700 participants from more than 60 countries last summer.

Follow the competition as it unfolds on Twitter at @NYCNextIdea and facebook.com/NYCNextIdea.

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