Urbantech NYC is a comprehensive program run by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with various tech and innovation entities across the city.
Since 2013, NYCEDC has invested in the expansion of the urban tech ecosystem through targeted programming dedicated to supporting an inclusive and dynamic home for cutting edge technology. Urbantech NYC supports innovative companies who develop hardware and software solutions to the city's most pressing urban challenges. See below for more information about Urbantech NYC's core resource and program offerings.
URBAN FUTURE LAB (2013)
Founded in 2013 in partnership with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, UFL was EDC's first major investment in the clean-tech and renewable energy technology space. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, the Urban Future Lab fosters the growth of NYC's innovation-driven economy and offers support to early stage clean-tech companies through affordable workspace and mentorship to emerging cleantech entrepreneurs and companies; co-located space for demonstrating and showcasing products; and programming for both incubator tenants and the broader cleantech community.
URBANTECH HUB @ NEW LAB (2016)
Opened in 2016 in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, New Lab offers workspace, community programming, and a state of the art prototyping facility. The 20 companies in the Urbantech Hub represent a number of urban tech subsectors, and their current cohort alone has cumulatively raised over $325 million. In 2017, New Lab, with the support of Urbantech NYC, launched "The Circular City" - an effort to bridge city government, startups, academic institutions, and corporate partners toward applied research and development.
URBANTECH HUB @ COMPANY (2016)
Formerly known as Grand Central Tech and located in Midtown Manhattan, the Urbantech Hub provides programming and space for companies developing solutions for the urban environment. With access to its corporate partners, below-market office space, a network of expert advisors, and community programming, the Urbantech Hub is home to over 40 startups.
NYCx CO-LABS (2017)
A partnership between NYCEDC, the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO), and NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), NYCx Co-Labs issues citywide "challenges" to find technology solutions that address the needs of local residents. In addition to putting community member in the driver seat of urban innovation, NYCx CoLabs engages local government agencies, offers city-owned assets for demonstration and piloting of urban technologies, and helps create and identify scalable solutions for procurement and private investment.
THE GRID (2019)
Today, NYC's urban tech ecosystem has grown by leaps and bounds: where once new entrants struggled to find scarce resources to support their urban tech ambitions, they now often struggle to navigate the surfeit of actors, agencies, and resources available to them. In response, NYCEDC's Urbantech NYC, in partnership with Civ:Lab, launched The Grid, an effort to continue building connective tissue across stakeholder groups, subsectors, boroughs, and perspectives, in order to facilitate communication, encourage unorthodox co-innovation, and ensure the ecosystem continues to thrive.