New York, NY – (July 29, 2014). Three City University of New York (CUNY) campuses – Macaulay Honors College, Hostos Community College and Lehman College – have joined forces to create a New Media Jobs Incubator and Innovation Lab. The inter-campus project will lead to the creation of new businesses and a diverse employee candidate pool, ready to work in New York City media companies.
The three campuses were awarded a total of $4.6 million dollars to launch the Jobs Incubator and Innovation Lab as part of Governor Cuomo’s CUNY 2020 initiative. The Governor’s initiative awarded eight highly competitive grants totaling $55 million to CUNY campuses that demonstrated how their programs will successfully connect academic excellence to economic development to create more jobs by the year 2020. The Jobs Incubator will offer professionally focused, project-oriented workshops and business development training to promising student entrepreneurs, helping them build projects and start businesses that serve local and regional communities. The Innovation Lab will provide access to expertise and opportunities required to launch the best ideas on a much larger scale. The rigorous academic program, which will offer an honors track and will specifically recruit a more diverse student body, is expected to graduate 200 candidates per year by the fifth year of the program.
Three CUNY Colleges awarded $4.6 Mil to Fuel #NYC’s Media Technology Industry: Joint Effort Will Create Jobs and Start-Up Companies #startupdiversity