In 2019, we hosted our first startup accelerator program, helping five pre-seed founders build and launch their ventures. Throughout 2019 and early 2020, our team worked with 15+ startups to enable their transition from “zero to first” product, customer(s), team, and investor(s), and opened two office locations in the Greater Hudson Valley to advance the growth of these ventures and new clients.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expanded our perspective helping early businesses and launched new partnerships, programs, services, and tools to connect, launch, and train hundreds of entrepreneurs, including startups, small businesses, and nonprofits. While helping these teams survive and grow, we launched our Innovation Labs program to fill the gap in research and commercialization in partnership with institutions and research centers based in our local economies.
Recognizing a transformation in our vision and mission, we launched the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation (HVCI aka The Center) anew in 2021, with a focus on leveraging the proven design thinking and growth methods we have seen impact emerging and experienced entrepreneurs in our region and beyond.
Today, The Center is building the entrepreneur community with a focus on advancing the mindset and toolset of startups, small businesses, researchers, and students to foster a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable ecosystem in the Greater Hudson Valley and beyond. Moreover, as we lead innovation research with our partners, we believe we will create lasting impact for generations of entrepreneurs and their families, our communities and local economies, and the world.
Join our community to connect, launch, and train with the next generation of entrepreneurs!