Opportunity for Incubators, Accelerators, and Co-working Spaces to become part of the NYCEDC Extended Incubator Network RFP
Established in 2009, the NYCEDC incubator initiative has helped launch 17 incubators and shared workspaces (collectively, the “NYCEDC Incubator Network”) that have supported over 1,000 startup businesses and 1,500 employees.
In October 2015, in an effort to further the goals of the NYCEDC Incubator Network and to further development and collaboration across startups and small businesses, NYCEDC, on behalf of the City of New York (the “City”) issued a request for proposals (“RFP”) for interested operators of existing or planned incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces (each, a “Respondent”) to submit a proposal (the “Proposal”) to become part of the NYCEDC Incubator Network. NYCEDC is re-issuing this RFP which will remain active for 12 consecutive months through November 1, 2017.
Inclusion in the NYCEDC Incubator Network may result in City support of a facility, which may take the form of strategic support, publicity and/or marketing.
NYCEDC plans to select one or more respondents on the basis of factors stated in the open RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal and ability to meet NYCEDC incubator network goals, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, the financial feasibility of the project, and the project’s relationship to the surrounding community.
Companies who have been certified with the New York City Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To find out more about M/WBE certification, please call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/getcertified.