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Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the New York City Founder Institute coming to a close, we are excited to release the newly updated New York Startup Ecosystem Canvas v3 below! It was developed by the New York City Founder Institute and local leader Kevin Siskar, with special thanks to the NYC Innovation Collective.

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

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Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

     A. Inspire

    • NYC Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
      1. Ambition Today
      2. AVC
      3. AlleyWatch
      4. Clarity
      5. Crain’s
      6. Digital.NYC
      7. Gary’s Guide
      8. Iris Media
      9. New York Startup
      10. Startup Guide NYC
      11. Startup One Stop
      12. New York Tech Blog
      13. New York Venture Hub
      14. Tech and the City
      15. This Is Going To Be Big
      16. Xconomy
      17. Siskar.co
    • Inspirational NYC Startup Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. The Business of Startups
      2. Data Driven NYC
      3. Enza Academy
      4. Inside Startups Club
      5. Israeli Startups NYC
      6. KSE NYC
      7. NYC European Tech
      8. New York Startup Career Network
      9. New York Startup District
      10. Propelify
      11. Startup Founder 101
      12. Startup Weekend NYC
      13. StartupBus NYC
      14. Startups in High Heels
      15. Startups Pioneers
      16. TechDay NY
      17. The New York Supply Chain Meetup
      18. Uncubed NYC
      19. Women in NYC Startups

     B. Educate

    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. 
      1. Access Silicon Valley NYC
      2. Beginex
      3. FinTech Startups
      4. FIT School Art & Design
      5. Global Startups NYC
      6. Jump Into Startups NYC
      7. New INC
      8. NYC Tech Startups
      9. Refashiond
      10. SheWorx
      11. Small Business from Concept to Startup
      12. Startup Founder 101 NYC
      13. Startup Grind NYC
      14. Startup Institute NYC
      15. TechHub Support Program
      16. The Startup Station
      17. Venture Out NYC

    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and bootcamps for entrepreneurs.
      1. 1st Pitch Life Science
      2. 3 Day Startup NYC
      3. App Academy
      4. Byte Academy
      5. ConsenSys
      6. CTO School
      7. Defy Venture
      8. Dev Bootcamp NYC
      9. Do School
      10. ELabNYC
      11. Flatiron School
      12. Fledge
      13. Fullstack Academy
      14. General Assembly
      15. Launch Academy
      16. Lean Startup Machine NYC
      17. Local Food Lab
      18. Nordic Innovation House
      19. Numa NY
      20. Make School
      21. Metis
      22. NYC Generation Tech
      23. NYC Regional Innovation Node
      24. New York Code and Design Academy
      25. Orbital NYC
      26. Recurse Center
      27. Silicon Alley Tech Meetup
      28. Starta
      29. Startup Bootcamp
      30. Startup Ecology New York
      31. Startup Leadership NYC
      32. Startup Sales Bootcamp
      33. Startup Strategies New York
      34. Traction NYC
      35. Turn to Tech
      36. Zahn Center NYC

     C. Validate

    • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up in New York. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
      1. BrandGarage NYC
      2. CoFounders Lab NYC
      3. CoInvent NYC
      4. CollabFinder
      5. Cornell Entrepreneur Network
      6. Entrepreneurs' Organization
      7. Founder2Be
      8. FoundersNation
      9. In Good Company
      10. The Indus Entrepreneurs
      11. NYC Business Networking Group
      12. NYC Startup CEO/CTO Meetup
      13. NYC Technology Startups
      14. NYU Entrepreneurs Network
      15. StartEd Edtech
      16. StartOut NYC
      17. Startup Palooza
      18. Startups Helping Startups
      19. Startups Working Together
      20. Women 2.0 NYC
      21. ZX Ventures

    • Build First Product: Hackathons and product events in NYC. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
      1. AEC Hackathon
      2. AngelHack
      3. BattleHack
      4. C/I Hackathon
      5. CodeCrew NY
      6. CodeDay NYC
      7. Disrupt NY Hackathon
      8. FinTech Hackathon
      9. Girl Develop It
      10. Hack 2040
      11. Hack NY
      12. HackerNest NYC
      13. Hackster Hardware Weekend
      14. Ladies Who Code
      15. NEW INC X DEEP LAB Hackathons
      16. New York Python Meetup Group
      17. ProtoHack
      18. Rhythm and Time Hackathon
      19. SpaceApps NYC
      20. StrategyHack
      21. VR Hackathons

 

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

     A. Start

    • Establish: New York Law firms & banks for startups
      1. Buchwald & Associates
      2. Capital One Bank
      3. Chase Bank
      4. Cohen Schneider & O'Neill
      5. Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
      6. Dentons
      7. Eric N. Cohen & Associates
      8. General Standards Startup Lawyers
      9. Gunderson Dettmer
      10. HSBC
      11. Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein, and Selz
      12. Howard M. Cohn & Associates
      13. Law Office of Oliver Platz
      14. Law Offices of Craig Delsack, LLC
      15. Law Offices of Jeremy S. Sussman
      16. Loeb & Loeb
      17. Lowenstein Sandler
      18. Sheppard Mullin
      19. Cooley
      20. Mavronicolas & Dee LLP
      21. Moses & Singer
      22. Munoz Law PC
      23. PNC Bank
      24. Pillsbury Winthrop
      25. Pryor Cashman
      26. Prywes Schwartz, PLLC
      27. Sharma & DeYoung LLP
      28. First Republic Bank
      29. BBVA Compass
      30. Silicon Valley Bank
      31. Square 1 Bank
      32. TD Bank
      33. Thomas Law Firm
      34. Tjong & Hsia LLP
      35. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    • New York Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups
      1. AlleyNYC
      2. Bat Haus
      3. BioLabs
      4. Bond Collective
      5. Breather
      6. Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
      7. Brooklyn Innovation Center
      8. Brooklyn Public Library
      9. Collab
      10. cowork.rs
      11. civic hall
      12. Company
      13. Croissant
      14. CUNY iHub
      15. Ensemble
      16. Fueled Collective
      17. Grind
      18. Kettle Space
      19. Luminary
      20. Neuehouse
      21. New Work City
      22. New Lab
      23. The New Work Project
      24. Nomad Works
      25. NYDesigns
      26. Plug And Play NY
      27. Primary
      28. The Productive NYC
      29. Projective Space
      30. RISE NY
      31. Serendipity Labs
      32. SoTechie Spaces
      33. Spark Labs NYC
      34. Spacious
      35. Spring Place
      36. Sunshine NY
      37. TechSpace
      38. TechHub
      39. The Wing
      40. WeCreate NYC
      41. WeWork NYC
      42. WorkHouse NYC
      43. The Yard
      44. Voyager

     B. Develop

    • Formalize: NYC Accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.
      1. 52 Ltd.
      2. 212 Tax
      3. Applico
      4. BCG Digital Venture
      5. Bernard Shapiro CPA
      6. Candela & Associates, LLC
      7. CitrusByte
      8. Clutch Talent
      9. CUNY Startup
      10. Eisner Amper
      11. Early Growth Financial Services
      12. Fueled
      13. Fashion Tech Consortium
      14. FoodFutureCo
      15. German Accelerator
      16. Goldfine CPA
      17. Ground Floor SVA
      18. The Hired Guns
      19. Icreon
      20. IronPaper
      21. JumpStart
      22. Jumpstart:HR, LLC
      23. Linda A Hamilton CPA
      24. Lounge Lizard
      25. Marcum Accountants
      26. Mark E. Feinsot, CPA
      27. Medows CPA
      28. Messapps
      29. Mojotech
      30. Monarquincubator
      31. Nexus
      32. Pace Accounting
      33. Penda Aiken
      34. PeopleConnect Staffing
      35. Posse
      36. Ratafia & Company, CPAs
      37. Swiss Commerce
      38. Spear CPA CFP
      39. Spritzer, Kaufman & Company LLP
      40. TriNet
      41. TWG
      42. VJN & Associates, CPAs
      43. WE LOVE NUMBERS
      44. WillowTree

    • NYC Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
      1. BMW i Ventures
      2. BXL Business Incubator
      3. BeeSpace NYC
      4. Black Ocean
      5. Bronx Business Bridge Incubator
      6. Bronx CookSpace
      7. CFDA Fashion Incubator
      8. Digital Harvest Capital
      9. DUMBO Incubator
      10. Entrepreneur Space
      11. FinTech Innovation Labs
      12. Founder Institute NYC
      13. Founder Labs
      14. HBK Incubates
      15. Harlem BioSpace
      16. Harlem Garage
      17. The Hatchery
      18. iNCUBATION fUND
      19. Kick Incubator
      20. Made in NY Media Center
      21. MakerSpace
      22. Manufacture New York
      23. RedMetal Foundry
      24. Startup Next NYC
      25. Tipping Point Partners
      26. TechHub
      27. Urban Future Lab
      28. Varick Street Incubator

     C. Launch

    • New York Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
      1. 500 Startups
      2. ASTIA
      3. Barclays Accelerator
      4. BetaWorks
      5. Blueprint Health
      6. Brand Knew
      7. Center 4
      8. Consigliere
      9. DreamIt Ventures
      10. Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
      11. First Growth VC
      12. ICONYC labs
      13. INGK Labs
      14. Kaplan EdTech Accelerator
      15. Lair East Labs
      16. MetaBronx
      17. NYC Seed
      18. Quake Capital
      19. R/GA Accelerator
      20. Rose Tech Ventures
      21. Samsung Next
      22. Socratic Labs
      23. SpringBoard Accelerator
      24. Startup52
      25. Techstars
      26. TrendSeeder
      27. Value Stream Labs
      28. WorkBench
      29. XRC Labs
      30. X8 Ventures

    • Pitch & Demo Events: Startup events that showcase companies for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
      1. Brooklyn Elevator Pitch Competition
      2. CoInvent NY Startup Demo Night
      3. ERA Demo Day
      4. FinovateFall 2015
      5. Five Boro Pitch Slap
      6. Flashpoint New York City Demo Day 2015
      7. Global Innovator Mobile Demo Night
      8. Hatchery: Are You Serious?
      9. India Demo Day
      10. NYC Demo Day
      11. NewFinance Open Mic & Demo evening
      12. Startout NY Demo Day and Networking 2015
      13. Startup Pitch Night NYC
      14. SwitchPitch
      15. TechWeek LAUNCH
      16. Telling Your Startup's Story NYC

 

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

     A. Recognition

    • NYC Investor Groups:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
      1. # Startup
      2. Brooklyn Startups
      3. Foodshed Investors NY
      4. Institute for Private Investors
      5. Investors’ Circle
      6. Keiretsu Forum
      7. MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City
      8. NYC Startup Garage
      9. New York City Startup: Idea to IPO
      10. New York Entrepreneurs and Startup Network
      11. New York Investing Meetup
      12. New York Investment Network
      13. New York Private Equity Forum
      14. New York Private Equity Network
      15. Slow Money NYC
      16. Startup Nation NYC
      17. The Trading Show NYC
      18. Worldwide Investor Network

    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
      1. CBS New York
      2. CNBC
      3. Crain’s New York Business
      4. NY1 News
      5. New York Business Journal
      6. New York Daily News
      7. New York Post
      8. New York Times
      9. Newsday
      10. The Next Web
      11. TechCrunch
      12. Wall Street Journal

     B. Funding

    • New York Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-VCs
      1. Andy Weissman
      2. Anil Dash
      3. Barelli Brothers
      4. Brian S. Cohen
      5. Charlie O’Donnell
      6. Chris Dixon
      7. Chris Hollod
      8. Columbia Angels
      9. David Lifson
      10. David Tisch
      11. David Beatty
      12. David S. Rose
      13. Digital Irish Angels
      14. Edge Harris
      15. Eric Hippeau
      16. Erick Schonfeld
      17. Esther Dyson
      18. Fabrice Grinda
      19. Gaingels
      20. Gary Vaynerchuk
      21. Golden Seeds
      22. James Altucher
      23. Jeff Bussgang
      24. Jeff Pulver
      25. Jonathan Hakkakian
      26. John Frankel
      27. Kiyan Barelli
      28. Kamran Barelli
      29. Kal Vepuri
      30. Kevin Colleran
      31. Kevin Siskar
      32. Mark Peter Davis
      33. Michael Parekh
      34. Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA)
      35. Mo Koyfman
      36. Nat Turner
      37. New York Angels
      38. Peter Bordes
      39. Rob Go
      40. Robin Chan
      41. Roger Ehrenberg
      42. ScienceVest
      43. Timmy Wahba

    • New York Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
      1. Abundance Partners
      2. Alpha Prime Ventures
      3. Bloomberg Beta
      4. BOLDstart Ventures
      5. Bowery Capital
      6. BoxGroup
      7. Brand Foundry Ventures
      8. Canaan Partners
      9. Eniac Ventures
      10. Firstmark
      11. ff Venture Capital
      12. Gotham Ventures
      13. Greycroft Partners
      14. High Line Venture Partners
      15. High Peaks Venture Partners
      16. Initialized Capital
      17. iNovia Capital
      18. Interplay Ventures
      19. KEC Ventures
      20. Lerer Hippeau Ventures
      21. Matter
      22. MetaProp
      23. Milestone Venture Partners
      24. Newark Venture Partners
      25. Quotidian Ventures
      26. Red Sea Ventures
      27. RedSwan Ventures
      28. Rubicon Venture Capital
      29. Rho Ventures
      30. Scout Ventures
      31. Silas Capital
      32. Union Square Ventures
      33. Warbros Venture Partners
      34. White Star Capital
      35. Notation Capital

     C. Growth

    • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. CityFeet
      2. Corporate Suites
      3. Edison Offices
      4. Heffernan Insurance Brokers
      5. Helix WorkSpace
      6. Kiwi Partners
      7. LoopNet
      8. Lucas Group
      9. New York Office Space
      10. Office Sublets
      11. P & G Insurance
      12. Regus
      13. Rice & Associates LLC
      14. Rubin Group
      15. Schaefer Enterprises, Inc.
      16. SquareFoot
      17. Ventura Insurance
      18. Virgo Business Center

    • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. Bain & Company
      2. Beast
      3. Capgemini
      4. FTI Consulting
      5. Fahrenheit 212
      6. The Grayson Company
      7. KPMG
      8. L.E.K.
      9. Mighty Things
      10. New York Business Consultants
      11. PwC
      12. Protiviti
      13. Rudofsky Associates
      14. Smart Design
      15. Undercurrent

     D. NYC Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

    1. Adaptly
    2. Amicus
    3. AppNexus
    4. Artsy
    5. Behance
    6. Bitly
    7. Bonobos
    8. Brooklinen
    9. Buzzfeed
    10. Blue Apron
    11. ClassPass
    12. Codecademy
    13. Contently
    14. Cover
    15. Chartbeat
    16. Dataiku
    17. Double Click
    18. Digital Ocean
    19. Etsy
    20. General Assembly
    21. Gilt
    22. Grubhub
    23. Foursquare
    24. Karma
    25. Kindara
    26. Meetup
    27. Makerbot
    28. MongoDB
    29. MoPub
    30. NextJump
    31. OpenSky
    32. Pathgather
    33. Peloton
    34. Plated
    35. RecycleBank
    36. Rebelmouse
    37. SeatGeek
    38. SimpleReach
    39. Skillshare
    40. SocialFlow
    41. Stack Exchange
    42. Skillshare
    43. StepOut
    44. Squarespace
    45. Seamless
    46. Strikingly
    47. Vice News
    48. Thumb
    49. Timehop
    50. Thrillist
    51. Tumblr
    52. Venmo
    53. Vayable
    54. Warby Parker
    55. Yipit
    56. ZocDoc
    57. WeWork
    58. Casper

 

Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. New York City Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor startup programs, etc)

  1. Adam Berk
  2. Brian Frumberg
  3. Brooke Partelow
  4. Charles Huang
  5. Cheni Yerushalmi
  6. David Levy
  7. Eli Katz
  8. Flak DiNenno
  9. Hrishi Dixit
  10. Jerelyn Rodriguez
  11. Johnny Negretti
  12. Kevin Siskar
  13. Lachlan Hardy
  14. Lior Vaknin
  15. Marian Weber
  16. Mark Caron
  17. Matthew Hooper
  18. Mitchell Golner
  19. Peter Bell
  20. Peter Ryan
  21. Ramphis Castro
  22. Ron Feldman
  23. Roy Malkin
  24. Sachin Jade
  25. Satyajit Roy
  26. Saul Hansell
  27. Scott Sigel
  28. Sonya Spann
  29. Sylvie Lekarakos

 

2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  2. Business France
  3. Business Mentor NY
  4. Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
  5. Innovate NY
  6. La French Tech
  7. Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  8. NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program
  9. NYC Innovation
  10. New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
  11. New York City Department of Small Business Services
  12. New York City Economic Development Corporation
  13. New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  14. New York Women's Chamber of Commerce
  15. Partnership for New York City
  16. Public Service Innovation
  17. Queens Chamber of Commerce
  18. Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York
  19. Women Entrepreneurs Challenge NYC
  20. WE NYC

 

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

A. Local Universities (with prominent technical or business programs)

    1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    2. City University of New York
    3. Columbia University
    4. Cooper Union
    5. Cornell University
    6. Fordham University
    7. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    8. Manhattan College
    9. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    10. NYU
    11. The New School
    12. Pace University
    13. The Rockefeller University
    14. School of Visual Arts
    15. SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    16. Yeshiva University

B. Local Tech Employers

    1. AOL
    2. Apple
    3. Appnexus
    4. Cisco Systems
    5. Citigroup
    6. Dell
    7. Facebook
    8. Google
    9. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    10. L-3 Communications
    11. LogicWorks
    12. Microsoft
    13. News Corp
    14. Rockstar Games
    15. Samsung C&T America, Inc.
    16. Sony
    17. Time Warner
    18. Twitter
    19. Verizon Communications
    20. Viacom
    21. Virgin Media

 


 

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