How BREAKFAST turned social media into an Internet of Things industry

September 28, 2016

Cate Blanchett hangs out with BREAKFAST’s Luster at an Armani event in London. Credit: BREAKFAST 

Last month we wrote about the rise of manufacturing agencies in New York City. Rather than mass-produce on the assembly line, companies like SITU Studio create custom products for specific clients. It’s part of a larger zero-inventory movement that includes 3D-printing manufacturers like Voodoo and 3D Hubs. Creative-service clients and on-demand production gives NYC entrepreneurs tremendous flexibility in how to build revenue and where to set up shop. Down the street from SITU’s Dumbo HQ, we visited another manufacturing agency: the award-winning rapid product and prototype company BREAKFAST. Read more

Grand Central Tech launches The Hub as part of Urbantech NYC citywide program

September 21, 2016

NYCEDC CEO Maria Torres-Springer announces the Urbantech NYC program at Grand Central Tech’s ribbon cutting yesterday. Credit: Julienne Schaer

Yesterday, we attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech on Madison Ave. The Hub is a partnership with NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office to provide flexible workspace and biz dev programming that helps launch and and grow cleantech and smart city companies. GCT’s hub is one in a trio of spaces – Urban Future Lab in Downtown Brooklyn and New Lab at Brooklyn Navy Yard are the others – that act as pillars for New York’s Urbantech NYC program. Read more

An evening of advanced manufacturing discussion hosted by NYCEDC x Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

September 14, 2016


Danielle Trofe produces lampshades and verical garden structures within the Industry City community. Credit: Danielle Trofe Design

Yesterday, NYCEDC teamed up with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for an advanced manufacturing discussion at Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex. Moderated by NYCEDC VP of Industrial Initiatives Miquela Craytor, panelists included Honeybee Robotics, Poursteady, Danielle Trofe Design, Z-Studios and Riva Precision Manufacturing. The Meet the Makers event is part of Brooklyn Chamber’s quarterly series of convenings that bring together industrial leadership from throughout the borough. Read more


Manufacture New York launches Manufacture Foundation to train advanced manufacturing workforce

September 7, 2016

Manufacture New York recently launched The Manufacture Foundation, an education nonprofit to train a 21st-century advanced manufacturing workforce, provide subsidized incubation space and offer classes for startups, engineers, manufacturers and designers.

Workforce training is increasingly important as rapid machine innovation outpaces education of skilled workers. The Manufacture Foundation’s strategies are similar to Pratt’s Equitable Innovation Economies and Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Education, training and incubation will build on Manufacture New York’s burgeoning ecosystem as it ramps up to filling out 160,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plan is to create “a 21st-century garment district” with almost 300 jobs, space for two dozen businesses, plus research and consulting contracts. Read more

How Dog Parker is scaling its smart hardware business by tapping talent from three boroughs

September 2, 2016

In the past eight months, Dog Parker went from an idea and a few prototypes to a production contract with one of NYC’s fastest-growing companies, $430,000 in seed money and a whole new identity. Photo credit: Dog Parker

We went behind the scenes with former Next Top Makers Fellow and current Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator member Dog Parker. In building their by-the-minute dog houses, founders Chelsea Brownridge and Todd Schechter turned to Queens-based Boyce Technologies, Manhattan’s ERA and a pair of Brooklyn-based designers to spark business growth here in NYC. Read the story at Technically Brooklyn. Read more