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Five Queens startups win $20,000 each in 2024 Tech + Innovation Challenge
Five Queens startups win $20,000 each in 2024 Tech + Innovation Challenge

May. 19, 2024 By Czarinna Andres

A diverse range of businesses, including a yoga studio, an olive oil distributor, a female health care provider, a sustainable mushroom farmer, and an AI-powered physical therapy service, have been named winners of the 2024 Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge (QTIC). Each winner will receive a $20,000 grant to support their business operations.

The QTIC, now in its second year, is facilitated by a partnership between the office of Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC). This innovative program offers a combination of instructional courses and competitive funding aimed at helping local entrepreneurs secure the resources and knowledge needed to either start or expand their businesses.

The competition attracted 132 applications and ran over five months, including one-on-one consultations, networking events, and workshops covering topics like operations, marketing, and financial management. Contestants were required to submit detailed business plans, which were then evaluated by a panel of judges, assigning one winner for each of the five categories: Consumer Tech, Enterprise Tech, Sustainability, Community, and Food.

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

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Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.

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