ABOUT : URBANTECH NYC
TOGETHER, WE ARE GREATER
Cities exist because, together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. Being close makes enterprises more productive, makes people more creative, and drives collisions and ideas that breed innovation. But as cities’ prosperity and opportunity creates growth in size and population, they often need extra support to address new strains on their complex, uniquely dense urban systems.
SOLUTIONS FOR CITY LIFE
Urban technologies encompass innovations and solutions that directly address the challenges and constraints of urbanization, faced by government, businesses, and citizens as urban systems grow. Urban technology seeks solutions for the systems that produce our food and water, and manage our waste; solutions that get us moving; that affect the places we sleep, live, and work; and that find new ways to inform and support citizens and service providers, at city scale.
URBANTECH NYC: A PROGRAM, A BRAND, A CONNECTION
Launched in 2015, Urbantech NYC is an initiative of the NYCEDC designed to catalyze innovation and support for entrepreneurs making cities more livable, sustainable, and resilient. The program leverages flexible and affordable workspace, prototyping resources, and tailored programming to build NYC's urban tech community.
THE ECOSYSTEM SCALES
In February 2019, in response to exponential growth in the urban tech ecosystem and a need to strengthen connections in the urban tech community, NYCEDC announced "The Grid", an industry partner network balancing interests and urban tech focus areas, in order to lead, coordinate, and sustain the world's most powerful urban tech ecosystem.
THE HOME WE ALL BUILT
NYC's urban tech community is not any single startup, government agency, venture capital firm, community group, or academic institution. It is the collective ideas of all its urban tech actors: the emerging and the established, the public and the private, working together toward the vision of one of the world's greatest cities, enabled by the innovations we conceive, develop, and accelerate.