Here’s an important message to entrepreneurs frustrated by the lack of affordable lab and office space in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and Williamsburg: Look north to the land of opportunity just across the New York City border: Westchester County. Westchester is cultivating a vibrant innovation economy fueled by global companies such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and IBM, a thriving network of small businesses, and a growing number of entrepreneurial ventures that call Westchester home. A medtech incubator, business accelerator network, and networking group for entrepreneurs are supporting the next generation of innovators, too. To call attention to all that Westchester has to offer entrepreneurial growth companies and health tech startups, the Westchester County Association and its economic development arm, The BLUEPRINT for Westchester, has organized HealthTech ’14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester, a groundbreaking two-day conference with content and a pitch contest for entrepreneurs and early-stage companies ready to take root in Westchester...
Score another home run for Westchester! Acorda Therapeutics is embarking upon a $6 million expansion on the Ardsley Park life science campus in Westchester County, which will culminate in the creation of 90 new jobs, in addition to the company’s current workforce of 282 people, according to today’s Westchester Business Journal.
The City of New Rochelle is poised for transformative growth, according to Mayor Noam Bramson, who outlined his plans for re-development during his annual State of the City address on March 20. Plans include new 2,000 new apartments, 500,000 square feet of office and medical space, and 1.5 million square feet of office and medical space, according to a report by the Westchester Business Journal. The plans also call for working with a master developer, allowing the city to take a comprehensive approach in planning for the future.
At a press conference today announcing the addition of six new early-stage companies to its BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, the WCA’S BLUEPRINT for Westchester also announced the formation of a new networking group for its BLUEPRINT Accelerator companies, startups, and entrepreneurs who want to meet like-minded innovators. “Accelerate Westchester: Meetup. Startup.,” will offer opportunities to share tips, address startup challenges, and attend forums where entrepreneurs can bounce ideas off industry experts.