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Westchester Innovation Network Seeks 2024 Applicants

The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) seeks entrepreneurs who want to join the Westchester Innovation Network’s (WIN) 2024 cohort of innovators.

The ideal BCW WIN participants are startup organizations that have a minimum viable product or service to test. BCW WIN matches innovators with established businesses in Westchester County that help evaluate the new market ideas.

“The Westchester Innovation Network puts innovators in front of companies that are in positions to give emerging companies their first big breakthrough,” said Marsha Gordon, the BCW’s president and CEO. “Just recently, BCW WIN helped the Canadian startup Last20 undertake a test of its plastic-infused asphalt at a new parking lot at Regeneron’s global headquarters. The BCW WIN program is ready to help innovators set up more of these valuable opportunities.”

The BCW WIN network is composed of small and mid-sized companies, professional services firms, and non-profits along with well-known brands like IBM, Pepsico, MasterCard, Heineken, Danone, Morgan Stanley, and Regeneron. It also includes some of the largest hospitals and healthcare systems in the world and many colleges and universities.

Last year’s successful matches included Clarapath and EverFoam Products. Clarapath of Hawthorne received a $10,000 BCW WIN Champions Award in November to support the company’s efforts to automate human and animal tissue slide development and facilitate disease mapping and treatment discovery. EverFoam Products of Yonkers received a $5,000 BCW WIN Champions Award in November to manufacture and market sustainable and reusable party décor.

Other successful 2023 matches included KELLS’s collaboration with the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester in White Plains, where the company screened adults at the Y’s early learning childcare program using its artificial-intelligence powered oral health screenings; VAE’s retail launch of its caffeinated energy spray in 20 Chestnut Market stores; and Undercare’s test of its adaptive underwear for people with limited mobility at the Meadowview at Wartburg, an assisted-living facility.

To learn more about becoming an Innovation Partner or joining the BCW WIN program, visit https://thebcw.org/westchester-innovation-network/

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