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5 Startups tackling urban America's biggest issues

January 12, 2017

In 2016, the Rockefeller Foundation teamed up with the Unreasonable Institute to challenge entrepreneurs to tackle issues like homelessness, food access and education. "We wanted innovative solutions coming from the next generation of entrepreneurs who themselves may have experienced these issues," said Teju Ravilochan, cofounder and CEO of Unreasonable Institute, a social impact startup hub.

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This Constellation of Groups Fighting Urban Poverty Just Got $1 Million in Funding

January 11, 2017

The Future Cities Accelerator, a partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation and Unreasonable Institute, has awarded $1 million to a series of groups willing to try. Ten winners will receive $100,000 each and the chance to participate in nine months of workshops and coaching designed to help them succeed and expand.

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From shelter to startup: One Egyptian immigrant's success story

January 9, 2017

In the sixth grade, Moawia Eldeeb dropped out of school to work 12-hour shifts at a pizza shop in Queens, New York. His family had fallen deep into poverty and he wanted to help his parents pay the bills.

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South by South Lawn: An Interactive Discussion

September 25, 2016

South by South Lawn, an event inspired by South by Southwest®, is bringing together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world. Join the conversation on Monday, October 3 to be part of the discussion on how we can leverage what we know to create the change we want to see.

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Queens Nonprofit Brings Tech Ecosystem, Investment to Diverse Borough

March 13, 2015

NYC-based Coalition4Queens (C4Q) recently announced its plans to scale up its Access Code computer programming course as part of its mission to “foster the Queens Tech ecosystem” and “catalyze opportunity” for members of “the world’s most diverse community.” In support of this project and the expansion of its various urban planning and entrepreneurship initiatives, the non-profit received a $1.75MM fund raise from Google, Robin Hood, and Blackstone, among others.

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Google, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Donate $1.75M To Tech Training Non-Profit Coalition For Queens

March 11, 2015

The Robin Hood Foundation, Google for Entrepreneurs, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Capital One dFUND, Arbor Brothers, New York Community Trust, Verizon, reddit.com founder Alexis Ohanian, and the Bernard F. & Alva B. Gimbel Foundation are giving $1.75 million to the Coalition for Queens.

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In New York City, Jobs Come Back Without Wall Street

February 15, 2015

But, for a change, fast-growing and well-paying Internet companies like Google,Facebook and BuzzFeed are adding jobs at a fast pace.

Paola M. Maldonado just landed one of those tech jobs, which she said has changed her life...

She enrolled in Access Code, a coding class set up by Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit agency. And last month, her decision to switch careers paid off. 

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A Nonprofit In Queens Helped Aspiring Developers More Than Quadruple Their Income

April 24, 2014

The New York City tech industry is still largely dominated by men, as recent data has shown, but a  non-profit in Queens is helping women and minorities get more involved in the programming industry. In addition to bringing more diversity into the New York tech scene, graduates from the program have said that their income has jumped from $15,000 to $72,190.

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A nonprofit in Queens taught people to write iPhone apps — and their incomes jumped from $15k to $72k

April 22, 2014

There's a booming tech scene in New York City with over 70,000 open jobs, but it's always been somewhat insulated from the city itself — a problem that's led to only one in four of those jobs getting filled.

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A Plan to Grow Tech that de Blasio Would Love

January 15, 2014

Access Code turns outer borough, immigrant and minority kids into developers, helping to fill New York jobs and spread opportunity. The question for Mayor Bill de Blasio is how to scale it up.

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Coalition for Queens Seeks to Harness Borough's Diversity for Tech Community

June 19, 2013

Stroll through a neighborhood in Queens and you might pass a Chinese restaurant, Colombian bakery and Greek diner all in one block. While the diverse borough is home to many immigrant-owned businesses, within New York City as a whole, only 1.5 percent of immigrant business owners have founded tech companies. Enter Access Code, a new program started by the Coalition for Queens that is seeking to empower the tech community in the borough.  

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Promoting Queens and Discovering It

November 9, 2012

Jukay Hsu, 28, founded Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit group promoting development and the tech industry in the borough where he grew up, in May 2011. Since Hurricane Sandy, the coalition, based in Long Island City, has worked with local officials to gather storm relief information and resources and connect volunteers with victims of the storm, as well as opening a free temporary office in Long Island City for small businesses and technology entrepreneurs. Mr. Hsu himself has volunteered at the Queens College shelter

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Coalition for Queens offering affordable tech classes

Septmber 27, 2012

A Queens tech advocacy group is attempting to build the borough’s burgeoning technology community by offering low-cost design and programming classes for both professionals and luddites.

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Tech's Boom Taps Queens

August 7, 2012

New York's technology boom has a new beachhead, and it's in Queens.

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Proposed tech incubator could spur job creation, economic growth

July 22, 2012

Anable Basin Tech Incubator in Long Island City would offer shared work space across the river from Cornell-Technion

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First Queens Tech Meetup Draws More Than 150 to Long Island City

June 8, 2012

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian stood at the front of a large room at the Hunters Point Plaza Penthouse in Long Island City, and looked out over the rows of tables set up for various startups based in the borough that, let’s be honest, doesn’t always have the best rep in the city.

“The New York tech community is just starting. There’s so much awesome stuff happening in all of New York City,” he said. “The only issue I’ve got is there’s a lot of it going on right around here.” He pointed to a map of Manhattan.

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