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NYC Innovation & Emerging Technologies Workgroup Presents:

Culture of Innovation in NYC Government Series

April 26, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(10:30 am Check-In)
NYC Department of Law
100 Church St, New York, NY

Webex available for this event

Presentation Overview

This will be the third in a series focusing on recognizing and building a "Culture of Innovation" in NYC government. Additional sessions are planned for the innovative LinkNYC, SMART, TreesCount! and WE NYC projects.

Innovation is not just a buzz word; every employee regardless of their role in their organization can innovate! These sessions will allow staff to see why and how others in government have developed innovative solutions in addressing ordinary challenges to the benefit of the people of New York.

Please join us to hear of the user-centered approach used by SBS to develop the WE NYC program.

Women entrepreneurs are key economic actors in New York City - building businesses that support families, uplift communities and generate jobs. Launched last year by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is a first-of-its-kind effort in a major American city to address the entrepreneurship gender gap and empower women business-owners to reach their full economic potential. Focused on underserved communities, WE NYC connects women entrepreneurs with the resources, education, and networks they need to thrive.

SBS engaged with more than 1,500 women business owners through workshops, interviews, and surveys to uncover the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing women business owners in New York City today. Based on feedback from women in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, WE NYC identified four key service design priorities to address the entrepreneurship gender gap: access to capital, business skills, networks, and comprehensive information. With these needs in mind, WE NYC is currently rolling out a suite of free business services with partners including Grameen America, Citi Community Development, Babson College, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Next Street. Design-thinking continues to guide the development and implementation of WE NYC services with ongoing opportunities for iteration and user feedback.

Join us in these sessions that are sure to inspire innovation in you!


  • LuLu Mickelson, Community Engagement Designer, NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • Marti Speranza, Director for WE NYC, NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • Elyssa White, Director for WE NYC, NYC Department of Small Business Services