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2021 NYDesigns Hardware Startup Pitch Competition

NYDesigns Pitch Competition

The NYDesigns Hardware Startup Pitch Competition is back on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET on Zoom. Applications are now being accepted. We are seeking hardware, design, consumer product, and related startups for this pitch competition. Eight startups will compete for resources to get their company to the next phase. The best types of startups to participate are those that are beyond the idea stage and moving into the prototyping stage, however, applications from all stages are welcome. We seek diverse teams with 2+ co-founders to apply for this competition. This equal opportunity program highly encourages applications from BIPOC, MWBE’s, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and other communities.

The top three winners have a chance to receive:

  • First Prize: Entry into the Summer 2021 NYDesigns Hardware Startup Accelerator ($1,000 value)**.
  • Second Prize: One Microsoft Surface Pro ($399/value)
  • Third Prize: $100 Facebook Market Credits ($100 Value)

Teams accepted into the competition will pitch their startup idea, problem, value proposition, traction, and product demonstration to a panel of 4-5 judges in the hardware and design ecosystem. Each team will have six minutes to pitch why their innovative startup solution is a game changer in their respective industry and why they need NYDesigns’ and ecosystem resources to attain their goals.

Applications are now open until Wednesday, February 24 at 11:59 PM ET. Hit the apply link below to get started! Read more about the upcoming information session on Wednesday, January 27th below.

**Information about the Summer 2021 NYDesigns Hardware Accelerator will be released early February 2021.

Pitch Competition Info Session
Are you interested in applying for the 2021 NYDesigns Hardware Startup Pitch Competition? Join Desiree Frieson, assistant director of NYDesigns, on Wednesday, January 27 at 2:00 PM ET on Zoom to learn more about the 2021 competition, prizes, judges, and how to get started on the application.
Growth Marketing Workshop
Workshop: Drive Growth by Picking the Right Lane – An Acquisition Playbook for Consumer Startups on Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30 PM

One of the more common questions founders ask, especially early on, is about finding more ways to grow. The questions are often phrased like, “How can we add some SEO?” or “How can we make our product more viral?” Unfortunately, this often leads to founders running head-first into one of the most common startup failure modes: investing in too many channels at once, and as a result not investing in any one channel enough. Ellie will share her tried and true methods of driving growth in her early founder days and how to use experimentation and growth mindset to drive grow.

RSVP NOW – January 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Move38 Global Game Jam

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Update on New PPP Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced on January 8th that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opened the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Read their latest press release for more information or visit:

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