CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s NanoFabrication Facility offers New Yorkers direct access to their multi-million-dollar space and equipment

April 24, 2017

Perched on a hilltop at 85 St. Nicholas Terrace in Harlem, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center’s NanoFabrication Facility is home to cutting-edge nanotechnology companies. As part of Futureworks NYC, ASRC is opening up access to more New Yorkers and offering up multi-million-dollar equipment at a fraction of traditional costs. The NanoFabrication Facility’s 5,000-sq-ft cleanroom with microscopy instrumentation, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ion mass spectrometry, nanolithography and much more. The tools are complex, but the access is simple – startups, entrepreneurs, industrial manufacturers and academics can rent by the hour.

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The growing ecosystem of Futureworks Incubator partners

April 18, 2017

Building a successful hardware or advanced manufacturing company is hard. But so are most worthwhile endeavors. Like, say, perfecting homemade bread. Just ask Dan Barber, the award-winning Blue Hill founder who shares how an early, doughy, failure inspired him to perfect his craft. Even more compelling is Barber’s attention to cultivating a holistic ecosystem. To make the Blue Hill Farm hay better, he introduced cows; to spread fertilizer, he introduced chickens; to trim the encroaching forest, he introduced goats. And to build a farm-to-table-movement, he used this ecosystem to build an all-natural, sustainable farm to go along with his Greenwich Village and Tarrytown restaurants.

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Futureworks Incubator Mentors from Adam Winski to Zach Dunham

April 10, 2017

Now that applications for Futureworks Incubator are closed, we get to welcome our community of Mentors. From designing for manufacturing to marketing and storytelling to financial modeling, our Mentors will help companies grow here in NYC. Last night, we got together at Alley NYC in Chelsea to strategize how to make the program incredible. A big thanks to Alley and to our partners The Bronx Beer Hall.

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Futureworks Incubator applications open through April 10!

February 22, 2017

Over the past few years, we’ve run New York’s Next Top Makers to champion and support the growth of hardware startups here in NYC. We worked with brands like PCB:NG, BotFactory, smart dog house creator DogParker, advocates for and protectors of Industrial Athletes StrongArm Technologies, the wearable tech company Bonbouton and more. Through working with incredible startups (like those mentioned above) we’ve had our finger on the pulse of the city’s advanced manufacturing community and bore witness to New York’s ecosystem growing in every direction.

Today, we launch the application for Futureworks Incubator (formerly known as Next Top Makers), which will help grow hardware and advanced manufacturing startups and entrepreneurs from idea to market to scale stage across all five boroughs. Do you have a hardware product idea? Are you looking to scale production and connect with local NYC supply chains? Are you still figuring out who is your target market? Whether you’re prototyping the next breakthrough innovation or fixing a problem that affects your daily life, preparing for crowdfunding or recently closed a Series A, Futureworks Incubator is for you.

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What skills gap? How Bushwick’s Total Metal Resource built a team of 2,000 local welders

January 25, 2017

Early last Spring, Bushwick-based Total Metal Resource won a contract with Riverside Developers to make 2,000 simple steel pieces for The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. With his four-person team already committed to other projects, Founder Scott Behr didn’t want to scour Craigslist and expand his staff with cold hires. Then he remembered that through TMR’s Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, he’d taught 900 New Yorkers basic welding and metal work. Behr reached out to the community and quickly recruited 20 temporary hires to work in four-hour shifts. Less than three weeks later, TMR delivered the job.

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