The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) opened applications for Cyber NYC, a new initiative built around strengthening all areas of New York City’s cybersecurity industry and related fields. The initiative is accepting applications until February 16th from individuals and teams who are working to foster community and cross-sector collaboration in cybersecurity, diversify the talent within cybersecurity fields, and commercialize innovation in cybersecurity technology.
At its core, both the initiative and the NYCEDC strive to create and grow meaningful jobs and communities within New York City. In order to best perform the three tasks for the initiative, NYCEDC identified Cyber NYC’s Applied Learning Initiative and the Cyber Center, future home to NYC’s first accelerator dedicated to cybersecurity as key components to drive impact within the sector.
The Cyber NYC initiative has three focus areas that respondents or respondent teams can apply:
- Strengthening the Cyber Center with community programs to build networks and experiences for cybersecurity, as well as support the Cyber Center’s accelerator that gives cybersecurity startups access to resources, training, and potential investors and customers.
- Developing the Applied Learning Initiative as part of Talent Partnerships, to offer experiential learning opportunities to individuals within educational service providers and universities including a Cyber Boot Camp to connect candidates with opportunities in NYC’s cybersecurity industry.
- Supporting Academic Innovation Exchanges, to focus on the growth, launch, and commercialization of cybersecurity technologies launched by academic entrepreneurs and within academia. This will be achieved through Cyber Innovation Bridge, offering opportunities for growth and support for academia-led startups via funding and training, and Cyber IP Links, pairing creators of IPs with entrepreneurs to launch startups.
Interested applicants can apply to an individual area, such as the Cyber Center, a specific point within that area, such as the community programs, or keep their proposal general and open to any of the focus areas. NYCEDC examines proposals based on quality, experience of staff, prior successful experience, and potential costs.