NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces 8 Initiatives to Strengthen City's Media Industry
“As an entrepreneur who helped work to build blip.tv from the ground-up, I believe that New York City’s entrepreneurial culture will be vital to the City’s competitiveness in the future. I applaud NYCEDC and the City for creating a fellowship program that offers entrepreneurs access, information, and the support services necessary to launch a successful business,” said Dina Kaplan, Co-founder of blip.tv.
NYC Start-up Procurement Initiative: The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications will encourage local start-ups and established firms to team up on bidding for City IT contracts, and promote other City contracting opportunities for start-ups. The Department of Small Business Services will administer a “Prepare for Success” program which is a package of services to assist and encourage start-ups companies to expand through government contracting. City agencies will also host Gov2.0 Tech Forums – regular briefings on topics including City procurement and evolving IT processes. Special sessions will be organized for large contractors looking to interact with small technology companies that could act as subcontractors on City projects, providing an opportunity for both parties to network and foster future partnerships. The first Gov2.0 Tech Forum – with the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the Department of Small Business Services and private sector companies including Google and IBM – will take place July 9, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Digital Sandbox at 55 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. Interested companies should RSVP to: NYCGov2.0Tech@nycedc.com.
“By educating small tech firms about doing business with the City, and encouraging private-sector partnerships when seeking public contracts, we’ll help build relationships to yield new and better ideas for delivering quality, cost-effective IT services to New Yorkers – ever-important in these challenging fiscal times,” said DoITT Commissioner Cosgrave.