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Brief Published: 27 Feb 2013

New York Tech Scene Blooms


On February 19, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the ‘We Are Made in NY’ initiative to nurture the city’s thriving technology start-up scene. Central to the push is a website offering job opportunities at more than 900 local tech start-ups, as well as advice for budding New York entrepreneurs.

Taking to the stage at social news organisation Buzzfeed’s HQ, Bloomberg said at the launch: “Growing our local tech industry is an important part of our economic development strategy to bring new businesses to our city and more jobs opportunities to New Yorkers.”

In summer 2013, the ‘Made in NY’ Media Center will launch, supported by the mayor’s office and operated by the IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project.) Bloomberg said of the hub: “By providing workspace for projects in development, professional workshops and innovative programmes to welcome new ideas and start-ups, we will continue to attract talent and new ideas.”  

An increasing number of major brands are beginning to see the benefit of working closely with the start-up sector, as reported in our recent threads NYT & BBC Adopt Start-Up Thinking and New York’s Fashion Week Hackathons. Engaging with ‘start-up thinking’ will be a key business strategy in 2013.

New York’s tech ecosystem is on the move this March as Made in NY makes its way down to Austin, Texas, for a day of meet-ups, networking, pitches and masterclasses as part of the SXSW Interactive festival. Sponsored by American Express, more than 40 established and start-up companies, including digital publishers Vook, crowdvoicing platform Voicebunny and curated playlist platform Songza, will be showcased at the event.

See our full coverage of SXSWi for more.