Building on its foundations as the world's financial hub, New York City has steadily evolved into a tech powerhouse in recent years. Housing one of the world's largest stock exchanges, an array of financial institutions, and strong advertising, entertainment and media industries, the city's economic strength has led to a surge in tech companies. It's no surprise that SOSA chose New York as the home base for its startup accelerator programs, leveraging the city's growing tech community to create a soft landing pad for international startups.
New York's Unique Position
With its outstanding network of universities, research institutions, and business incubators, the city is ideal for entrepreneurs to launch and grow their ventures. Additionally, the city is home to a vibrant startup culture with an ever-growing number of tech meetups, conferences, and other events.
New York’s Tech Boom
Over the past decade, the number of tech companies in New York City has grown by 34%. Today, almost 5% of private sector employees now work in tech—double the percentage from 2010. Boasting global connectivity, diversity, and highly qualified talent, the Big Apple has spawned innovative ideas, from ride-sharing apps, to healthcare marketplaces, to last-mile delivery.
The decision to launch SOSA's startup programs in New York was strategic, driven by the city's vibrant and innovative reputation. Accelerators like SOSA and others play a pivotal role in providing resources, mentorship, and funding at various stages of a startup's journey. SOSA stands out as the ultimate landing pad for startups seeking to grow in the city that never sleeps. Leveraging extensive experience, SOSA has executed 40 startup programs in the Big Apple, ranging from two-day bootcamps to 5-month accelerator programs, collaborating with foreign governments and propelling local startups into the U.S. and other global markets.
Moreover, recognizing New York City's prominence as a global technology hub, SOSA emphasizes the importance of utilizing its vibrant startup ecosystem to internationalize tech startups based in emerging markets. A vital part of SOSA's role is connecting developing economies to mature financial and technological hubs. Through its accelerator programs, SOSA bridges the gap, fostering collaboration, innovation, and growth that transcends geographical boundaries. Using New York City as a landing pad for US market entry aligns with SOSA's mission of empowering innovators and creating an interconnected, thriving tech scene.
Startups navigating New York City's tech resurgence can count on SOSA for its unique position in the innovation ecosystem. SOSA's accelerator model offers startups access to a robust network of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, industry veterans, along with essential tools and resources. Through its comprehensive programs, SOSA offers international startups from around the world the opportunity to maximize their potential in New York City.