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World to NYC – Smart & Sustainable Cities Global Challenge

The NYC Economic Development Corporation in partnership with New York International has opened applications for the fall 2014 World to NYC  program, which has a focus on smart and sustainable cities.

Emerging companies from the US and abroad are eligible to participate in the program, which runs from September 29 to October 1, 2014The  application period is open now through August 22.

World to NYC will provide knowledge exchange and collaboration between cutting-edge companies already present in the city and those considering New York City for their US / East-coast expansion.

Over three days, participants will have the opportunity to meet leaders of large corporations, tech entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers who specialize in business incorporation and immigration issues, NYC government officials, and other expats who have expanded their businesses to NYC, among many others. Delegates will also take tours of workspaces and incubators, prominent NYC companies, and different tech neighborhoods in NYC.

Through this program, NYC is setting the stage for urban efficiency, sustainability, and innovation – inviting the most promising startup companies from around the world to present their solutions in the context of continuous urbanization and its economic opportunities for New York City’s citizens, businesses, and partners.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for digitally-enabled technologies (including software, hardware, and connected devices) that make cities more intelligent, efficient, and resilient by optimizing use of energy, resources and the built environment. While we welcome interest from any company focusing on the application of technology to urban sustainability, the following sectors are of particular interest:
–       mobility & transportation
–       energy, including clean generation, smart grid, and efficiency
–       intelligent infrastructure

What will the program include?

The 3- day program will include:
–       networking opportunities
–       introductions to potential business partners
–       information useful to companies expanding into New York City
–       other events.

The program runs Monday-Wednesday (September 29– October 1), allowing sufficient time on Thursday and Friday for participating companies to schedule their own business meetings in the city.

The program is free of charge and participants are responsible for their own airfare, hotels, etc.

You can find more information at: including a link to the on-line application.