On Harlem Demo Day April 23, four uptown entrepreneurs will pitch their start-ups before a group of judges in the hopes of winning a cash prize
The event is sponsored by Harlem Co-working Meet Up group, Silicon Harlem, Spring Bank, the Harlem Garage and TTW Consulting.
The event will be held at Harlem Garage. One of many Harlem-based leading edge businesses including Harlem Garage and Harlem Biospace. The city’s Economic Development Corporation has plans to launch a second incubator in the area. And Silicon Harlem‘s monthly events grow more crowded each month.
Says Bruce Lincoln, Senior Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School & Silicon Harlem founder:
“What’s unique to Harlem is that it has always drawn creative, artistic people. Artists and creators today work with technology. We are a community on the rise. We see Harlem as being an innovation center.”
Winners will receive a cash prize and a year of free business checking from Spring Bank along with public relations help from Pixel Prose Media.
via: Uptown Entrepreneurs Pitch Tech Ideas in Bid to Put Harlem on App Map – Central Harlem – DNAinfo.com New York.
Urban Electric Power is a Harlem based battery startup located 10 blocks from City College and which has received funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA–E).
The company hopes to turn the familiar alkaline battery into a cheap way to store the electricity from massive wind farms.
What sets Urban Electric apart from other similarly focussed startups is the safety of the underlying materials, which are not caustic, volatile or otherwise dangerous.
Urban Electric and other like startups funded by ARPA-E a trying to build a big battery costing less than $100 per kilowatt-hour of storage which would lower the cost of stored making it more available. Says Urban Electric: “Storage gives you massive flexibility,” Moniz notes, adding that it can help improve reliability and resilience as well by providing backup power. “The issue has been the cost.”
For more details: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=alkaline-batteries-for-renewable-energy-storage-at-urban-electric-power
Sixteen health care focussed startups have settled inside the new Harlem Biospace, on W. 127th St.
The Bloomberg administration contributed $626,000 and partnered with Columbia University biomedical engineering professor Sam Sia for the balance of the funding.
Companies include an allergy-testing company, which uses a simple cheek swab to analyze a sneeze; a pharmaceutical drug maker that’s trying to compel cancer cells to “commit suicide,” and inventors developing an MRI-styled device for small animals, Invivo Analytics, which uses imaging to study how diseases ravage mice during pharmaceutical testing.
The facility includes access to a laboratory outfitted with advanced equipment to grow cells, test tissue and analyze toxins; free legal advice from biotech law firm Wilmer Hale; access to topnotch tools and mentors.
About Harlem Biospace
- Harlem Biospace (Hb) is a new biotech incubator, the first of its kind in New York City, to offer affordable shared wet-lab space for competitively-selected entrants
- Situated at the heart of three academic campuses (Columbia University, City College of New York, and future Columbia Manhattanville campus), with easy access to to other major universities and the vibrancy of New York City via the A, B, C, D and 1 trains, eight bus lines, and only three blocks from the Hudson River bike trail and West Side Highway
- Located in the old Factory District of Harlem, an exciting new development attracting technology companies and start-ups, Hb will be housed in the Sweets Building, a former laboratory for confectionery research located at 423 West 127th Street
- Walking distance to the world-famous Red Rooster, the legendary Apollo Theater, Michelin-recommended Jin Ramen, Maison Harlem, multiple Starbucks, and many high-quality independent restaurants and coffee shops
via EXCLUSIVE: Harlem Biospace unveils its new crop of medical research startups – NY Daily News.
HarlemGarage is a business incubator located at 318 West 118th Street in the heart of West Harlem.
It will serve as a community event space and one stop shop housing local startups, small businesses, and other innovators.
“Harlem has such a strong and historically entrepreneurial spirit. HarlemGarage will be a space where today’s local businesses can develop and collaborate,” said Harlem resident Ryan Young, Community Coordinator at HarlemGarage.
Members will benefit from business enrichment workshops, networking opportunities, and a discount program offering deals to popular local establishments.
“HarlemGarage is about the advancement of Harlem small businesses through the exchange of expertise,” says Young.
To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
via HarlemGarage Brings Startup Culture Uptown.