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WIN Program Growing with New Partnerships

by The BCW

The Business Council of Westchester’s Westchester Innovation Network (WIN) is off to a fast start, adding four new partnerships for its Innovation Match Program. The new partners are the cyber security firm Huntress; the online health-education platform LessonBee; the post-incarceration job site ConConnect; and the multisensory assessment platform CatchU.

Stony Point-based CatchU is a mobile fall-risk reaction time tool designed for seniors that allows for multisensory-based interventions to alleviate disability and maintain independence. CatchU will collaborate with the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains.

Mount Vernon-based Lessonbee is an online learning platform with courses and classes that enable users to find their path to health in grades K-12. LessonBee will partner with the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers to extend its service to public housing residents.

Maryland-based Huntress delivers security to small- and medium-sized businesses. The service combines automated detection with human threat hunters to analyze suspicious activity, detect hidden threats and stop attacks that would otherwise go unnoticed. Huntress will partner with Progressive Computing in Yonkers.

New York City-based ConConnect is a digital platform that connects formerly incarcerated people with services they need to find employment and build professional networks. ConConnect will partner with the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers to help formerly incarcerated public housing tenants.

One of the Innovation Match Program’s goals is to provide the local hosts with an opportunity to understand innovation within their industries and to provide valuable feedback to innovators who need to pilot or beta test in a prospective customer setting.

The first pairings were:

Last20, a Canadian social enterprise that upcycles plastic waste into innovative solutions, including pavement, will be paired with the City of Yonkers DPW and with Regeneron as it builds new parking infrastructure in Tarrytown.

Ferro, a self-service insurance management platform for insurance brokerages based in Omaha, NE, is partnering with The Rey Insurance Agency in Sleepy Hollow. They will be focusing on streamlining the way commercial policies are managed and renewed.

Kool Nerd Connect, a Mamaroneck-based career readiness company that connects diverse students to future career possibilities, is partnering with the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester to conduct a healthcare industry career focused class.

SilverBills is a New Rochelle-based fintech innovator focused on providing an easy-to-use technology platform to automate bill paying for seniors. SilverBills will partner with the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers to receive, scrutinize, store, and ensure payment of elderly tenants’ household bills.

ShelterZoom is a New York City-based technology company with a proprietary technology that transforms documents, contracts, and marketing leads into fully digital, intelligent, and interoperable smart documents. ShelterZoom will partner with the Fullerton Beck law firm in White Plains.

Launched in February, WIN is aimed at driving economic development and growth within Westchester County by reaching out to innovators around the country and abroad to match them with new Westchester companies with the goal of helping them expand locally. Founding sponsors of the WIN program include Montefiore, Regeneron, Westchester County Office of Economic Development, KeyBank, Robert Martin Company, Simone Development Companies, Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers, Verizon, Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts and Dorf & Nelson.

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