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NYCEDC Announces 2014 World to NYC Program, Encouraging International Businesses To Locate And Grow In New York City

Program Convenes New Manufacturing Companies from Around the World in New York City to Network and Learn from Experts and Each Other

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the 2014 World to NYC program, a business-to-business program designed to help leading businesses from around the world establish operations in the City, and encourage local companies and community groups to benefit from global best practices. In 2014 World to NYC, administered by NYCEDC and its organizing partner, New York International, will convene two delegations of 10 national and international companies in the City to hear from experts about New York City business and culture, take advantage of networking opportunities, and to share innovative best practices from their home country or region. The first delegation, comprised of ten innovative manufacturing tech companies from six countries selected through a competitive application process, will take part in a three-day long series of panels, discussions and workshops that launched on Monday. The delegation’s program included an event today at the R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, where speakers discussed the urban manufacturing renaissance, giving the delegate companies the opportunity to explore the City’s unique manufacturing tech ecosystem.

“In an era of increasing global competition, it is imperative that we remain committed to strengthening the City’s position in the new manufacturing sector,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “By introducing businesses from around the world to the many opportunities that exist within the five boroughs, World to NYC creates an environment where our City can be a leader in new manufacturing, convening global entrepreneurs, helping them to establish a presence in New York City, and creating well-paying jobs in an innovative field.”

The World to NYC program began on Monday, with speakers including Ayah Bdeir, CEO of LittleBits; Ben Kaufman, CEO of Quirky; Alex Tepper, Global Director of Innovation at GE; Greg Marsh, CEO of Keyme and Jenny Lawton, President of MakerBot. An advisory group of over 20 leading individuals from diverse backgrounds, including large and small corporations, community based organizations, academia, investors and the media helped shape the program. Another delegation of World to NYC companies is scheduled for fall 2014 focusing on companies that offer clean technology solutions for cities and urban environments.

The participating companies for this round include:

  • 3D Hubs (Netherlands) An online platform connecting 3D printer owners with people who want to print.           
  • B-Industrial (Spain) Specializes in industrial welding, manufacturing, and integration of mechatronic in the production process.    
  • Intesis Home (Spain) The only cloud-based software system capable of providing control of air conditioners of different brands using a smartphone, tablet or PC via the Internet.
  • Open Picus (Italy) Designs and manufactures open hardware programmable modules for the Internet of Things and M2M.
  • Motion Portrait (Japan) Developed software that can create a 3D face-model out of a single photo, which in turn can be animated freely.
  • RepRap BCN (Spain) A group of open source 3D printer developers that design and assemble their own printers, offer workshops, and sells 3D printing kits.
  • Seebo (Israel) Helps toy makers advance from traditional toys to connected toys, which are a toy/game combination of physical toys and virtual games on smart screens.
  • SensingTex (Spain) Develops and markets smart textiles in sectors such as interior design, security, health, sportswear, automotive and fashion.
  • Senvol (USA) Uses its proprietary algorithm to determine what types of parts can be more cost-effectively made using additive manufacturing (3D printing) versus the status quo.
  • TechShop (USA) A membership-based open-access DIY workshop and fabrication studio.

World to NYC seeks to promote trade and investment between New York City and the global economy by hosting business delegations from around the world and exposing the City’s companies to global best practices.  The program is part of the de Blasio administration’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and create jobs in a variety of sectors, and promote trade, investment and interaction between New York City and the global economy. These efforts also include the City’s network of 15 business incubators around the City to provide low-cost office space, training and networking opportunities to over 500 companies. The City also offers a number of programs to assist companies, such as NYC Venture Fellows, a highly selective, year-long fellowship program designed to help the next generation of global entrepreneurs succeed in the City, and Take the H.E.L.M., a competition which encourages creative and innovative businesses from all over the world to open or expand an existing office in Lower Manhattan. 



New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


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