Newlab, a technology community located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, has launched an open call for its Innovation Studios for companies using technology to solve some of the biggest challenges the world is facing.
The chosen entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors will focus on leveraging technology to find creative solutions to issues spanning 5G, accessibility, mining and mobility.
Alongside Newlab, companies will design and implement pilots and validate new concepts, unlock new product capabilities, uncover use cases and explore partnership opportunities with industry and civic leaders.
Newlab CEO Shaun Stewart said the Innovation Studios leveraged the combined capabilities and resources of the community, the industry and civic partners, as well as trailblazing companies.
Newlab has previously worked with autonomous vehicle company Phantom Auto on whether 5G could improve safety standards, and Vecna Robotics, an autonomous robotics company, to determine if 5G allowed for augmented or virtual reality operation of forklifts. Newlab also worked with Verizon to develop the 5G studio that will be utilized by the companies selected for the open call.
“We attracted these people who wanted to be here for the community of like-minded entrepreneurs, but also for the equipment, the facilities and the programming that we offered,” Stewart said.
Stewart said the history of Newlab dated back to the Navy Yard’s transformation under the Bloomberg administration, when Newlab’s founders David Belt and Scott Cohen pitched the vision of building a home for entrepreneurs and technologists.
Brooklyn, he said, was a particularly great place to be in business because of the qualified talent coming out of academia, a large corporate industry and the support of local government, adding Borough President Eric Adams had been instrumental in scaling new companies in Brooklyn.
Stewart said he saw Brooklyn as an emerging Silicon Valley, with the added value of being able to walk to work. “You’re starting to see people move away from the Silicon Valley perspective that you can only build valuable companies and succeed in the Valley,” he said.
“You can do it in New York, and in other cities across the country, and you can have a better quality of life than certainly other areas of the world.”
For information on the open call and closing dates, click here.
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