• We support entrepreneurs and small businesses

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  • We train NYC's emerging workforce

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  • We advocate for the creative industries and the skilled workforce

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 NYDesigns is an economic development program of the City University of New York (CUNY) working to catalyze growth for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the design, technology, and maker communities.






Our business incubator welcomes early-stage companies pursuing design-, technology- or maker- oriented business models. We provide partially-subsidized studio space, access to an onsite fabrication workshop, and professional counsel from a core group of respected experts


Workforce Development


Our workforce development programs provide skills-based training in emerging sectors such as sustainability and advanced manufacturing for low-income, unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers seeking more equitable opportunities in the NYC economy




We collaborate with partner organizations and institutions to produce research and program events that raise questions about and suggest inquiry into patterns of participation and representation within NYC’s design and creative sectors