Monday, October 3 at 11am at York College

(September 29, 2022 at 11:30am)

QUEENS, NY – Following through on his pledge to break down barriers to the technology industry and ensure Queens is on the cutting edge of innovation, Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a press conference on Monday, October 3 at 11AM at York College to announce the launch of the inaugural Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge (QTIC).

“Building a Queens economy rooted in innovation and creating countless jobs in the industries of tomorrow are critical to the future success of our borough,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “With the Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge, my team and I look forward to uplifting the vision of our local entrepreneurs and ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed.”

Developed and presented in partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation, the QTIC is a multi-month competition for Queens-based entrepreneurs in search of funding to either launch or help grow their start-ups. The initiative includes entrepreneurial classes, one-on-one mentorship opportunities and networking events to help applicants develop their pitches, which will be heard by a panel of judges next spring.

The QTIC application period will open on Tuesday, October 4, and run through March 1, 2023. At the conclusion of the QTIC, five winning entrepreneurs will each be awarded with seed funding.

Sponsors include Flushing Bank and Resorts World NYC, with Google and Microsoft providing additional support for the QTIC.

Members of the media who wish to attend the press conference are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640

WHAT:         Borough President Richards Hosts Press Conference Announcing Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge

WHEN:         Monday, October 3 at 11am

WHERE:       York College, Faculty Dining Room, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica

WHO:            Borough President Richards

                        Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge sponsors and partners

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