TechCrunch covers Take The H.E.L.M. 2.0, a competition designed to encourage startups to move to NYC:
So why is being based in New York City so important? “The power of branding in New York City is really about convening and talking about the right things,” says Kyle Kimball, executive director of NYCEDC in his interview with TechCrunch. ”Our role is to try to solve some of the systemic problems in New York City to try and make it easier for tech companies to grow and be here.”
Applications for round two of Take the H.E.L.M. NYC are due July 15, 2013.
Tomorrow evening, HBK Incubates is hosting an open house of its commercial kitchen space and business support program in La Marqueta, East Harlem. Interested businesses and individuals can come visit and tour the shared facility, learn about features of the kitchen and incubator program, and meet several HBK Incubates entrepreneurs and staff!
Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Time: 5:30pm, 6:00pm or 6:30pm (select one tour time)
Place: 1590 Park Avenue (at 114th St. under the Metro North rail line)
RSVPs are required: Select a tour time and confirm your attendance by RSVPing here.
For details, check out HBK Incubates’ website and find out more about NYCEDC’s initiatives to support food manufacturers. And watch this video to learn how food entrepreneur Diana Scot-Sho made it here in NYC, through Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary incubator program.
Take the H.E.L.M. Competition Relaunches!
Yesterday, NYCEDC kicked off the second round of Take the H.E.L.M., our competition to encourage businesses to Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan. Watch video as NYCEDC Executive Director Kyle Kimball launched the competition at TechCrunch Disrupt NY.
Take the H.E.L.M. will award four grand prizes of $250,000 each and four runners-up prizes of $50,000 each to companies looking to move or expand into Lower Manhattan. The competition seeks to bring startups, as well as creative and technology companies from around the world, across the country and throughout New York City to the Financial District in order to encourage growth and diversify the area’s economy.
Applications for the first stage of the competition will be accepted through July 15, 2013. For more information or to apply, visit the Take the H.E.L.M. website.
Photos by Kelly Ernst/NYCEDC
Did you know that relatively more New York City startups are founded by women, as compared to Silicon Valley? Read our latest StatsBee blog post on gender breakdown in NYC’s employment, education, entrepreneurship, and work habits.
The New York Times’ Education Life weekend section looks at the beta class and educational roll-out of Cornell NYC Tech so far, a new graduate program in applied sciences that is not your typical Master’s program:
“In Ithaca, you take a bunch of classes and then you have your one master’s project — you work on it alone,” said Mr. Kopp, who transferred from a master’s program at Cornell’s main campus. “It typically doesn’t have a business aspect to it, or you might be working on something that a professor is doing. This has a very different feel to it.”
Springtime in NYC brings visions of ice cream. Find out how Mark Thompson, operator of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in DUMBO, is rebounding, rebuilding, and getting ready sell his ice cream to throngs of New Yorkers after being totally battered by Hurricane Sandy.
Two years in a row: fDi Magazine from the Financial Times ranks NYC #1 American Cities of the Future 2013/14, ahead of São Paulo and Toronto:
New York, the global hub of international business and commerce, grabbed the title for the second time in a row. Despite a knock or two, the city has continued to show its strength in surviving disasters both economic (Wall Street bail out) and natural (Hurricane Sandy). The city remains one of the world’s top destinations for investors, attracting 1.08% of global FDI. The total number of FDI projects into New York increased in 2012 with figures up 10.4% on the previous year.
New York City also ranked #1 in the categories of “Top Overall North American Cities of the Future 2013/14,” “Infrastructure” and “Business Friendliness.” Read the full report: http://bit.ly/12BhXFd
In the Bronx, a new vision plan seeks to transform Webster Avenue into a vibrant, mixed-use district for living, working, shopping and culture—capitalizing on its proximity to anchor institutions such as Fordham University, Montefiore Medical Center, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.
The plan includes launch of the LIFT Entrepreneurship Program, which will offer local entrepreneurs affordable incubator space, business support programming, and access to loans and partnerships to stimulate economic activity in the area and grow economic opportunities within the community. Find out more at www.nycedc.com/webstervision.
…it should be clear that everything that can be made artisanally is pretty much artisanal, now, and there are things that used to be artisanal that are now artisanal again. Like jerky. Well before the Slim Jim, people were making jerky at their homemade Laura Ingalls Wilder houses in the big woods, by hand—and yet, people are working to make it more artisanal now, to bring it back to its artisanal roots. There are grants being given for this, according to Laura Kusisto, writing in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Kings County Jerky Co. is one of three recipients of $50,000 grants from the city, which were announced last night at an event in the Goldman Sachs building in Lower Manhattan. The grants also went to kd Dids, which makes knitted athletic wear, and Kombucha Brooklyn, maker of the trendy fermented health drink.’
When you invest in your employees, everybody wins. Enter the NYC Business Innovation Challenge.
This week, NYCEDC and Next Street launched the NYC Business Innovation Challenge, which is part of NYCEDC’s LINK initiative to better connect the City’s low-income residents with emerging opportunities. NYC Business Innovation Challenge is designed to help businesses better engage their employees to drive higher productivity and increased revenues. This Challenge invites businesses to create a plan that will provide their workers with a path to improve their skill sets, career prospects, and economic opportunities—while helping business attain higher employee retention rates, organizational performance, and revenues.
Fifteen of the most innovative plans will be selected to receive $25,000 in prize money to implement their plans. In addition, they’ll win free consultancy services from award-winning merchant bank Next Street to assist with implementation and ensure that the plans are scalable and sustainable over time. After a 5-month pilot phase, the best of these plans will be named Grand Prize Winners and receive an additional $100,000 to further scale their program. The Grand Prize Winners will also receive recognition from the City as top workforce innovators.
Enter now! Applications for the NYC Business Innovation Challenge are due May 31, 2013. To learn more, visit www.nycbic.com.