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VIDEO: Futureworks Incubator manufacturing discussion at Futureworks Shops A/D/O in Greenpoint

NYCEDC Futureworks Incubator Manufacturing Discussion at A/D/O from SecondMuse on Vimeo.

Futureworks Incubator supports and champions the growth of 45 startups, and we’ll welcome another 30 entrepreneurs later this summer. We’re passionate about sharing all the resources we create and capture with the wider community. As part of that mission, we’ve shared the panel discussion from the Futureworks Incubator launch at Futureworks Shop A/D/O. Listen as RockPaperRobot, Thimble, WearWorks, StrongArm, Dog Parker and BotFactory share their experiences and most valuable lessons from starting a manufacturing company in New York City. All of our panelists are alumni of New York’s Next Top Makers, the predecessor of Futureworks Incubator. Also, learn more about Futureworks Shops and join us on Twitter and Instagram.

From far left: Jessica Banks of RockPaperRobot, David Brenner of Thimble, Keith Kirkland of WearWorks, Mike Kim of StrongArm, Todd Schechter and Alex Tosti of Dog Parker, Nico Vansnick of BotFactory and Katey Metzroth of SecondMuse.

Earlier in the evening, NYCEDC Director of Smart & Sustainable Cities Lara Croushore welcomed 150 guests to A/D/O.

SecondMuse Director of Cities Katey Metzroth breaks down the pool of Futureworks Incubator applicants.

DribbleUp Founders Eric and Marc Forkosh explain the smart basketball technology to Jeff Crystal and Julia Connors of Voltaic Systems.

Pensa Founder Marco Perry chats with Travis Collins and Kirsten Taggert of Forbes.

Each Futureworks Incubator startup received a 100-page Program Guide filled with resources and contacts across New York City’s advanced manufacturing sector.

Wearable Media Founder Yuchen Zhang.

WearWorks Founder Kevin Yoo and Teleobjects Founder Victor Vina.

A Futureworks Incubator cohort breaks out for an independent intro and discovery session.

Autodesk’s Alex Romero and VR specialist Edwin Rogers.

Refreshments courtesy of Bronx Beer Hall.

SecondMuse’s Elyssa Dole and A/D/O’s Ben Scheim.


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

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Watch Marketing & Storytelling: Telling A Compelling Story And Connecting With The Audience on Vimeo.

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Watch Designing for Manufacturing: Understanding The Right Production Process on Vimeo.

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Oh, and love those experts? Read up on the work of the featured speakers Spencer Wright and Jordi Borràs!



Pensa Founder Marco Perry and Kit’s Camille Hearst Teach You How to Understand Users and Create Products That Matter in People’s Lives

Watch Understanding Users: Creating Products That Matter in People’s Lives on Vimeo.

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Also, take a look at Pensa’s groundbreaking work and the Kit.com community.