Partnership Fund for New York City and New York eHealth Collaborative Announce Companies Selected for the 2016 Digital Health Accelerator Program

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New York, NY – Six digital health companies have been selected for this year’s New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a four-month program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City (Partnership Fund) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). The 2016 NYDHA Class includes BMIQ, Diameter Health, eCaring, Healthify, Somatix, and Spring.

The NYDHA supports growth-stage digital health companies in developing their products and technology. The companies were nominated and then selected to be part of the 2016 Class through a rigorous process by top industry healthcare providers and payers. Industry involvement is a distinguishing feature of the NYDHA. The 2016 Class will receive valuable feedback from senior-level executives at New York’s leading healthcare organizations, enabling them to receive end user feedback and improve their technology at a critical moment in their development.

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American Prison Data Systems Honored in Annual “Best for the World” Awards

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American Prison Data Systems (APDS) has been selected by the Berkeley Haas School of Business at The University of California Berkeley; the Haas Center for Responsible Business; and B-Labs as one of “2016’s Best Businesses for the World.”

APDS, a Fund investment, provides a secure, data-driven education solutions for the U.S. corrections market to improve re-entry outcomes for inmates and has been honored in the customer impact category.

Here is a video explaining their work and impact in more detail.

Bounce Exchange Named Fastest Growing Software Company

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Bounce Exchange, a portfolio company of NYCSeed, the Partnership Fund’s seed affiliate, has been named fastest growing software company by Inc. 5000.

The platform provides behavioral software automation and analytics to better engage users of clients’ websites, helping to turn consumers into customers.

Read the full Inc. 5000 article here.


Fund Investment Profiled in Vanity Fair

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Partnership Fund investment, New Lab, has been profiled Vanity Fair’s September issue.

In the profile, New Lab founders David Belt and Scott Cohen talk about what inspired them to transform Building 128 of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a collaborative work-space for emerging technology.

See the full article here.

VIDEO: Fund President and CEO Discusses Partnering with Startups at CB Insights Event

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Maria Gotsch, President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City moderated a panel at the CB Insights’ Future of Fintech Conference. The discussion, with Karl Abbott of Scotiabank, Jaidev Shergill of Capital One Ventures, and Luis Valdich of Citi, covered the complexities of partnering with startups—particularly in the fintech space where data often needs to change hands.

FinTech Lab Graduate Kasisto Releases New Banking Products

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Kasisto, a graduate of the FinTech Innovation Lab Program, has launched two new products – KAI Banking on Messaging and MyKAI.

Part of the 2014 graduating class, Kasisto enables companies to engage and transact with their customers through intelligent conversations using comprehensive AI technology combined with industry-specific domain expertise to make bots and virtual assistants well-versed in the businesses they serve.

Learn more about Kasisto here.

Eight Innovative Startups Showcase Cutting-Edge Financial Technologies at Sixth Annual FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day in New York City

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Eight Innovative Startups Showcase Cutting-Edge Financial Technologies at Sixth Annual FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day in New York City

Program participants include 51maps, AlphaPoint, Cambridge Blockchain, ForwardLane, Quarule, Syndicated Loan Direct, T-REX Group and untapt 

NEW YORK; June 23, 2016 –  A select group of leading-edge financial services technology (fintech) companies demonstrated their products and services to dozens of top bank, venture capital and technology executives today at the sixth annual New York FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day.

Created by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and the Partnership Fund for New York City in 2010, the FinTech Innovation Lab is a 12-week mentoring program to enhance fintech innovation and drive high-tech job growth in New York City by connecting startups with decision makers at some of the world’s leading financial institutions. This year’s Demo Day was held at Bank of America’s One Bryant Park in Manhattan.

The eight companies in this year’s lab were selected by senior technology executives from 16 participating financial institutions and have spent the last 12 weeks receiving intensive mentoring, product and business-development advice, and exposure to senior financial industry, technology and venture capital executives. The 2016 FinTech Innovation Lab participants are:

  • 51maps — provides a secure platform that allows companies to integrate all of the applications used by employees into one central, secure dashboard that can be accessed on any device. This enables a seamless, intuitive user experience with enhanced security and navigation, increasing employee efficiency as well as the overall customer experience.
  • AlphaPoint — provides blockchain-enabled solutions to issue, track, and trade digital assets. Its secure, scalable, and customizable platform enables customers to deploy blockchain technology today to reduce operational costs and generate revenue from new products and services. AlphaPoint has 3 live blockchain applications, with over 20 customers, and over $500 Million transacted on the platform.
  • Cambridge Blockchain — an identity management platform for multinational banks that puts control of personal identity data back in the hands of the end user. This blockchain-enabled approach meets the strictest new data privacy rules, eliminates redundant know-your-customer compliance steps and improves the user experience.
  • ForwardLane — uses artificial intelligence to scale the quality and sophistication of ultra-high net worth investment advice to everyone. The wealth management solution empowers financial advisors to deliver high-quality, personalized and differentiated service to clients.
  • Quarule — automates risk controls and compliance certification at scale by teaching computers the meaning of regulations, policies and standards using Artificial Intelligence and technology licensed from SRI International.
  • Syndicated Loan Direct — extracts information from unstructured legal debt documents using artificial intelligence to create financial metrics that drastically reduce analysis time, improve capital management, assist with quicker trading decisions, and increase liquidity.
  • T-REX — a platform that provides tools for sophisticated risk analysis and valuation of assets to make the finance process more efficient and transparent, shortening the transaction time from up to six months to less than one week. The platform initially focuses on renewable energy assets, such as solar, and plans to expand into additional asset classes.
  • untapt — a data-driven hiring platform that uses machine intelligence to better match quality technologists with hiring managers. This allows companies to fill their growing need for engineering talent, solving a critical industry pain point. untapt can be used to bring new talent into a company, or can be used within an organization as an internal mobility tool.

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Fund Investment ‘New Lab’ Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Fund investment, New Lab, opened its doors for the first time this week, providing a professional base and support for 350 people, across 50 independent companies.

New Lab covers 84,000 square feet and is a breakthrough ecosystem of shared resources where entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and academics—in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and connected devices—can take their ideas from concept to prototype to production all under one roof.

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Partnership Fund Releases New Report on Life Sciences in NYC

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New Report: Commercial Life Sciences Can Be New York’s Next Big Industry

Jobs, Economic Activity Can Double with State/City/Industry Collaboration 

A new report released today by the Partnership Fund for New York City finds that New York’s life sciences industry is uniquely positioned for explosive growth. The report, titled ‘New York’s Next Big Industry: Commercial Life Sciences,’ contrasts the strength of the city’s research institutions and top scientists with its relatively small number of start-up companies, venture capital investments and jobs in life sciences. It calls for public and private actions to develop the facilities and funding needed to capture the economic benefits of New York’s rich research and clinical assets. To read the full report, visit

The report, produced with the help of KPMG, finds that New York is about equal to Massachusetts and California when it comes to research grants and discoveries, but falls far behind when it comes to business activity, venture investment and jobs.  New York City currently has only 14,000 jobs in commercial life sciences, compared to over 50,000 in both Silicon Valley and Boston/Cambridge.

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Wall Street Journal Features Fund’s New Report on Life Sciences

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The following article appeared on the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Pro platform:

Gormley’s Take: To Build a Biotech Hub, New York Needs to Find Talent
By Brian Gormley – June 22, 2016

New York has been creating lab space for startups in a bid to capture more biotech venture capital and emerge as a top life-sciences hub. Now it has to give biotech VCs more of what they need most: entrepreneurial talent.

Home to top drug companies and medical-research centers, New York would seem a natural breeding ground for biotech. Yet it lags behind cities in California and Massachusetts in attracting the venture dollars.

In fiscal year 2015, the state generated 6 cents in life-sciences venture financing for each dollar received in National Institutes of Health grants, according to a new report from the Partnership Fund for New York City, which invests in startups. By contrast Massachusetts and California generated $1.32 and $1.27, respectively.

Follow this link to read the full story.

Read the Fund’s report here.