Programs for Entrepreneurs

Innovate NYC

Innovate NYC is a social entrepreneurship program that brings together twenty students from across 10 institutions of higher-education in New York City to co-create a solution that addresses a challenge offered by City government.

As this year’s Challenge partner, NYCEDC has offered the Shared Resource Challenge which focuses on the affordability and accessibility of critical resources for NYC’s nonprofit & social enterprise community.

Innovate NYC is a program created and implemented by The DO School and funded by Newman’s Own Foundation.

More information

To learn more about the Shared Resource Challenge and the Innovate NYC program more generally, click here.

This year's Challenge is the Shared Resource Challenge:

NYCEDC challenges you to develop an innovative product or service that improves affordability and access to critical resources including workspace, back-office support, technological infrastructure, among many others - for non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and mission-driven businesses so they can be more effective for the people of New York City.”

- Kate Daly, SVP Center for Economic Transformation

When Is This Happening?

October 29, 2015Applications period opens
November 19, 2015Deadline for applications
December 6, 2015Do-A-Thon
December 7, 2015Launch Ceremony
Jan - May, 2016Monthly skills-building workshops
June - July, 2016Intensive solution-finding workshop
July, 2016Solution Delivery

Over the next seven months, the student cohort will work with experts and local stakeholders in New York City to hone their entrepreneurial skill-sets, understand the challenge context, and then develop a hands-on solution which will be presented to NYCEDC in July 2016.

News & Updates


    Announcing Innovate NYC: The Shared Resource Challenge

     |  NYCEDC
    On December 7, 20 student social entrepreneurs, selected from across 10 institutions of higher-education in New York City, were announced as the first cohort for a new landmark program called Innovate NYC.