The first power grid came online in downtown Manhattan in 1882. One year later, the Brooklyn Bridge opened as the world’s longest bridge. Both of these followed the first passenger elevator, an Otis, which went into service in 1857, also in NYC.
With this history of firsts, it’s no surprise that NYC is quickly becoming the best places for startups that want to make cities better. Our Urbantech Radar suggests that NYC is already one of the largest hubs for city-focused startups (just after the Bay Area). But we think Urbantech in NYC is just getting started.
In the last year, BMW launched the Urban-X accelerator with the first class beginning in a few months. Sidewalk Labs launched 6 months ago and just announced an impressive senior team and new offerings like LinkNYC. Alphabet is already home to important platforms for Urbantech startups like Android, Maps, Fiber and Nest and Sidewalk will be an important part of this. It’s based in NYC.
Civic Hall just celebrated their first birthday – they’ve become the epicenter for all things civictech and govtech. In the cleantech space, ACRE recently received overdue recognition as one of their companies won TechCrunch Disrupt. And Metaprop just wrapped up their first class for startups focused on real estate. Cornell Tech is joining great academic institutions like Columbia, NYU, CUNY and The New School with lots of activity at the intersection of entrepreneurship and cities.
Now NYC EDC is adding more support for Urbantech startups. The Urban Future Lab (which includes ACRE) is already open to early stage companies. If you are a growth stage hardware startup, the New Lab is already home to diverse group of hardware firms. For growth stage software, check out Grand Central Tech’s Urbantech hub, whether it’s for your whole team or an NYC office. If you want to help build one of the great centers for Urbantech, New Lab and Grand Central Tech are looking for program directors.
Here are all the details of the NYCEDC Urbantech NYC program.