Submission Deadline
February 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking respondents or respondent teams to implement Cyber NYC, a new initiative comprised of three Work Streams and six Sub-Work Streams dedicated to strengthening New York City’s cybersecurity industry. NYCEDC seeks to (1) foster community and new cross-sector collaborations in cybersecurity; (2) grow the diversity, quality, and volume of talent trained and working in New York City’s cybersecurity and related fields; and (3) spark innovations in cybersecurity technologies.

Within the multiple work streams outlined below, NYCEDC has identified the Cyber Center, hosting New York City’s first cybersecurity-dedicated accelerator and Cyber NYC’s Applied Learning Initiative as the core components that have the greatest potential to drive impact with the cybersecurity sector.

NYCEDC is seeking respondents or respondent teams to implement the following:

  • Cyber Center: The Cyber Center will serve as the primary hub of New York City’s cyber community. The Center will include (1) Community Programs, which will host programs and events to foster new networks and experiences within the cybersecurity industry. Located in the Center, the (2) Accelerator will be New York City’s first startup accelerator focused on scaling cybersecurity-related  startups. The Accelerator will offer participating startups access to potential customers, investors, industry mentors, space, training, and other resources.
  • Talent Partnerships: The Talent Partnerships will strengthen the cybersecurity talent pipeline by developing a diverse, well-trained, and highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce that meets industry needs. The Talent Partnerships will include the (3) Applied Learning Initiative, which will operate across universities and educational service providers to provide experiential learning opportunities in cybersecurity that reflect deep collaborations between academic institutions and industry. The Talent Partnerships will also include a (4) Cyber Boot Camp to train and connect a diverse pool of candidates with jobs in New York City’s cybersecurity industry.
  • Academic Innovation Exchanges: The Academic Innovation Exchanges will support the launch, growth, and commercialization of cybersecurity technologies based in academia and created by academic entrepreneurs. The Academic Innovation Exchanges will include (5) Cyber IP Link, which will pair university-affiliated creators of commercialization-ready IP with experienced entrepreneurs to launch cybersecurity startups, and (6) Cyber Innovation Bridge, which will provide growth opportunities for academia-led startups, including through access to potential sources of funding and entrepreneurship training. 

Respondents may submit proposals for all Work Streams, individual Work Streams (e.g., Cyber Center) and/or Sub-Work Streams (e.g., Community Programs but not the Accelerator) as appropriate given respondent’s capacity and area of expertise. NYCEDC strongly encourages joint ventures. 

NYCEDC plans to select respondents on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, and the proposed fee.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives. Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Non-Construction or Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFP.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00 P.M. on December 6, 2017. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to [email protected]. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted on December 13, 2017, on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFP, available as of November 16, 2017. In addition to being able to download the document above, the RFP is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY (between Fulton & John streets). Responses are due no later than 4:00 P.M. on February 16, 2018. Please submit eight (8) hard copy sets and one (1) digital copy (either USB or CD) of your proposal to:

NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY  10038
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Procurement Officer, Contracts.

Optional Informational Session

Please find date, time and location listed below.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
2:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
NYCEDC, 110 William Street, Room 4A/4B, New York, NY 10038

All respondents will be required to submit an M/WBE Narrative Plan with their response. To learn more about NYCEDC's M/WBE program, visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe. For the list of companies who have been certified with the Empire State Development's Division of Minority and Women Business Development as M/WBE, please go to http://www.esd.ny.gov/MWBE/directorySearch.html.