Touring a Haven for Tech Entrepreneurs in NYC
Helping startup tech entrepreneurs get a leg up and then grow and prosper is the overarching goal of the Urban Tech Hub @ Company, an outgrowth of startup accelerator Grand Central Tech which occupies a bustling, unique space that has been fashioned for that very purpose and is located a stone’s throw from Manhattan’s commuter nexus, Grand Central Terminal.
“Within New York City, the corporate headquarters of America, we’ve created this community of innovation,” Robinson Hernandez, executive director of the Urban Tech Hub @ Company, told us during a recent facilities tour. Hernandez has been a presenter at Dealerscope’s CE Week annual midsummer technology expo in New York, opining on the goals and challenges startups have in their early stages, and in his current role, he is involved in shepherding the growth and development of this space. His background is replete with initiatives in the small-business services sector. He navigated city bureaucracy for years, including as Deputy Commissioner of Small Business Services for the City of New York, where he led a task force on regulatory reform and economic development to change the way the city interacts with small-business owners.