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Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is offering free studio space! Pitches due Sept 21

September 18, 2017

Futureworks and Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator are collaborating to sponsor six months of studio space for two New York City wearable startups as part of the Futureworks Shops program. Find your home among a generous community of entrepreneurs and researchers in fashion design, product design and wearable technology. Studios are 100 square feet, and you’ll have access to advanced manufacturing machines, mentorship and a small-scale production lab.

The due date for video pitches is Thursday Sept 21. The space subsidy runs from Nov 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Winning companies will be notified on Oct 1 and publicly announced on Oct 17 at the Futureworks Incubator Finance Workshop at BF+DA.

BF+DA has supported more than 40 emerging ventures and collaborated with close to 200 organizations since launching in 2013. Check out the lineup of machinery here and join Futureworks on Instagram and Twitter.

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Futureworks Incubator launches with 13 Manufacture & Scale startups

May 24, 2017

On Wednesday, May 17, we launched NYCEDC’s .Incubator with a kickoff event at A/D/O in Greenpoint. The Incubator champions and supports the growth of 45 hardware startups across NYC and builds on the success of the New York’s Next Top Makers program. From smart basketballs to underwater drones, the city’s entrepreneurs are creating a new manufacturing ecosystem, and we’re bringing them all together. Below are the 13 growth-stage startups in our Manufacture & Scale cohort. Over the next nine months, we’ll be working closely with each team to help them produce locally, recruit talent, streamline operations, tell their stories and raise capital.

Futureworks Incubator is designed and run by global innovation agency SecondMuse and Chelsea-based Imagination in Space. Get to know the companies below as well as the 32 Market Validation companies which we broke out into these two posts. Join the Futureworks community to learn about subsidized production and contract manufacturing opportunities through Futureworks Shops. Or, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

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Futureworks Incubator launches with 32 Market Validation startups (Here’s 1-16)

On Wednesday, May 17, we launched NYCEDC’s Futureworks Incubator with a kickoff event at A/D/O in Greenpoint. The Incubator champions and supports the growth of hardware startups across NYC and builds on the success of the New York’s Next Top Makers program. Below are 16 of the startups in our Market Validation cohort. From ELIA Life, creating a new language for the blind, to Bonbouton’s smart shoe sensors, these companies are tackling internationally relevant problems through NYC manufacturing innovation. Over the next nine months, we’ll be working closely with each team to help them produce locally, recruit talent, streamline operations, tell their stories and set them up to raise capital.

Futureworks Incubator is designed and run by global innovation agency SecondMuse and Chelsea-based Imagination in Space. Get to know the companies below as well as the 13 Manufacture & Scale companies and the additional 16 Market Validation startups. Join the Futureworks community to learn about subsidized production and contract manufacturing opportunities through Futureworks Shops. Or, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

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Futureworks Incubator launches with 32 Market Validation startups (Here’s 17-32)

On Wednesday, May 17, we launched NYCEDC’s Futureworks Incubator with a kickoff event at A/D/O in Greenpoint. The Incubator champions and supports the growth of hardware startups across NYC and builds on the success of the New York’s Next Top Makers program. Below are 16 of the 32 startups in our Market Validation cohort. From Active Hands’ assistive rehabilitation equipment to Secco’s insta-cleaning technology, NYC-based companies are focused on improving quality of life. Over the next nine months, we’ll be working closely with each team to help them produce locally, recruit talent, streamline operations, tell their stories and set them up to raise capital.

Futureworks Incubator is designed and run by global innovation agency SecondMuse and Chelsea-based Imagination in Space. Get to know the companies below as well as the 13 Manufacture & Scale startups and the additional 16 Market Validation companies. Join the Futureworks community to learn about subsidized production and contract manufacturing opportunities through Futureworks Shops. Or, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

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Futureworks Shops program opens access to nine advanced manufacturing spaces across New York City

May 11, 2017

Prototyping in New York City just got a whole lot easier with the launch of NYCEDC’s Futureworks Shops. Spearheaded by global innovation agency SecondMuse and Chelsea-based Imagination in Space, Futureworks Shops links together nine advanced production spaces throughout New York. Over the next ten months, hardware startups and entrepreneurs will be able to apply for subsidized prototyping and contract-manufacturing credits, studio space, and be invited to workshops and open houses. Futureworks Shops will especially focus on serving the soon-to-be announced Futureworks Incubator companies, a program also run by SecondMuse and Imagination in Space. To access Shops programming, sign up for our newsletter. 

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Apply for $30,000 Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative grants!

October 6, 2016

The Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative grants help startups like Sunhouse fund engineers, product development, strategic consultants and other advanced manufacturing essentials. Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion drum kit is revolutionizing the instrument. Credit: Sunhouse

NYCEDC is proud to announce the second round of Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative grants for early-stage advanced manufacturing companies. If you are a manufacturing startup or developing advanced manufacturing technologies, apply! You could receive $30,000 in funding to support your growth here in New York City. No. Strings. Attached. 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

Welcome to Futureworks NYC!

July 20, 2016

Welcome to Futureworks NYC, the new home for advanced manufacturing in New York City. Over the past three years, we’ve been dreaming up the development of a network of partnerships, services and spaces with a few goals in mind. First, help grow product startups here in the city. Second, promote and connect local advanced production facilities. Third, connect legacy manufacturers to the wave of innovation rippling across all five boroughs. Fourth, create a 21st century fabrication space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.

New York City Economic Development Corporation planned this network while working alongside makers, manufacturers, product developers, venture capitalists, academics, journalists and social entrepreneurs. In 2012, we launched New York’s Next Top Makers, a citywide incubator to coach and propel product startups forward. Anchored by cohort classes, the program partnered with fab labs like NYDesigns and Staten Island MakerSpace, innovation platforms like Kickstarter, advisors from littleBits and Pensa and many more leading companies. Earlier this year, we awarded $30,000 each to six advanced manufacturers in order to help them build business in the city. Read more

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Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative Awards Six Advanced Manufacturers with $30K Grants – Including Three Fellows

April 11, 2016

As part of the NYCEDC’s Futureworks NYC Growth Initiative, the city is investing directly into advanced manufacturing startups. This isn’t equity, it’s grants to drive New York City forward as the global maker headquarters. Congratulations to Next Top Makers 2014-2015 Fellows BotfactoryPoursteady and Sunhouse, our Understanding Users workshop leader Pensa, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator resident The Crated and the creative genius, Adam Frank. It’s a clean sweep for the city’s eastern boroughs with four companies coming from Brooklyn and the other two in Long Island City, Queens. Read more at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.