Got a business idea? These communities might be able to help

by Liz Warren
March 9, 2018

A hub for startups across all industries, NYC is an entrepreneur’s paradise. If you have an idea for a business of your own, there are plenty of local programs and communities that can help you succeed. Here are some of them.


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SparkPlug is ad company Y&R’s six-month incubator. It provides startups with office space and access to Y&R resources, as well as legal services, branding advice and other benefits. It’s looking for startups focused on areas such as conversational AI, AR/VR and social media. Interested entrepreneurs can apply here.


Startup Grind
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Startup Grind is a community that connects 1 million entrepreneurs across 365 cities. The company regularly promotes events that provide self-starters with valuable connections, mentorship and information on growing their user base and raising funding. Its NYC chapter hosts monthly events, which exist on the NYC page — or if you’d rather, you can sign up for the newsletter and receive updates in your inbox.


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StrtupBoost connects entrepreneurs to the solutions they need to start a business. It partners with companies that can help with all the finance, legal, design and logistical concerns that go into launching a startup. It also hosts relevant events and sends out a weekly newsletter full of helpful information entrepreneurs can benefit from.


Impact fellowship
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For entrepreneurs who haven’t yet graduated college, The Impact Fellowship is a key resource. It offers weekly lessons in computer programming as well as hands-on exercises that help them build innovations for the future. Essentially, it grooms participants to one day create the next big tech startup.


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Playground is a service that helps startups at all stages reach their full potential. It develops tailored strategies for raising money, developing products or services and growing — or even identifying — a specific audience. Playground can be seen as a “record label for startups,” guiding entrepreneurs to success.


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