A Well Spring of Innovation

In this new era of creative entrepreneurialism what does Jeremy Lin have in common with all of the exciting collaborative brain power inside the new business incubators racing to create the next big innovation in technology, bio-technology, food, medical devices, education, energy and nanotechnology? Both are making every body better.  Lin is raising the bar for the players, the spectators and not only New York’s pride, but also the NBA.

Incubators hold the promise for tomorrow’s innovation and they are popping up all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This week we sat in a start-up incubator meeting at Columbia University. It was hosted by Columbia Technology Ventures, Columbia University Engineering, and the Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School,

Now we are a bit biased as we happen to work at WeWork, the best collaborative workspace anywhere, that also has a tech and entrepreneurial incubator which is expanding throughout the nation and world.

However those creating new ways to learn and collaborate are also raising the bar for a better future.

General Assembly – a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship, providing educational programming, space, and support to facilitate collaborative practices and learning opportunities across a community inspired by the entrepreneurial experience.

Hive at 55 – coworking space offering affordable workspace, a variety of office amenities, and a community of like-minded professionals eager to collaborate and share resources.

Varick Street – NYU-Poly managed incubator focused on internet software and services, fintech, and cleantech.

DUMBO – NYU-Poly managed incubator focused on digital media, adtech, gaming, and edutech.

Women Innovate Mobile – startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for tech companies with a woman founder and focused on mobile applications.

The Alexandria Center™ for Life Science – New York City – laboratory and office park designed to foster unique and innovative collaborations among New York’s renowned academic and medical institutions, preeminent scientific talent, top-tier investment capital, and the broad and diverse commercial life science industry.

The Audubon Business and Technology Center – research facility managed by Columbia University and designed to encourage entrepreneurial development and growth for firms engaged in research, development and commercialization of biomedical products and services.

HBK Incubates – Hot Bread Kitchen’s incubator providing licensed commercial space and technical assistance to scaling food entrepreneurs.

Downstate Biotech Incubator – located in Brooklyn adjacent to SUNY Downstate Medical Center, offers early –stage life science/technology companies affordable lab/office space, and access to core facilities, a library and a vivarium.

BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal – provides more mature life science/technology companies with an affordable, dynamic, state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facility.

Check out this article from Forbes about the Ten Technology Incubators that are changing the world

Interested in learning who’s putting their investment dollars towards tomorrow? Check out CB Insights, a company that tracks private equity funding trends.

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