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Video: Futureworks Incubator Product to Market Summit at Kickstarter

July 27, 2017

NYCEDC Futureworks Incubator Product to Market Summit at Kickstarter on Vimeo.

As part of the Futureworks Incubator, we hosted more than 30 startups at Kickstarter for an all-day summit. After breakfast, our early-stage companies presented to Mentors in a rapid succession of two-minute pitches. Then, they went round-robin to gain deeper insight from Mentors into how to improve their product-to-market journey. The summit closed out with Kickstarter’s Zach Dunham and industrial-design consultant Spencer Wright sharing best practices for running a crowdfunding campaign. Dunham and Wright’s The Public Radio went 4.5x over their goal with the support of more than 1,000 backers.

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Voodoo Manufacturing’s factory tour & Craftsman Ave’s product workshop recap

July 26, 2017

Earlier this month, 40 New York entrepreneurs and startups came out for a pair of Futureworks Shops events in Brooklyn. As part of the Futureworks program, production spaces across the city are opening their doors to lead tours, host workshops and share insight into building a hardware business. Sign up for events (they’re free!) and learn more about the spaces (they’re local!).  

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Futureworks Shops gets smart with wearables at BF+DA

July 12, 2017

Friday, we collaborated with Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator to present TEK-TILES, an all-day wearables workshop in Brooklyn. BF+DA is pioneering connected fashion and smart fabrics and with 10% of clothing expected to be connected to apps or the Internet in the next ten years, it’s important work. Facilitators from eight universities worked with entrepreneurs to explore technical materials like conductive yarns, thermoreactive threads, color-changing filaments, AR knitting and optic fibers. Check out photos below, explore more events and join us on Twitter and Instagram.

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