We Build Economies of the Future

SecondMuse has been at the vanguard of global innovation for more than a decade

SecondMuse collaborates with visionary governments, corporations, foundations and startups to build 21st-century economies. At the core of our economies are people, communities and networks. From Brooklyn to Bali, our programs span geographies, sectors and size of business.

We tackle essential challenges in manufacturing, energy, capital, education, mental health, data, civic engagement, food, blockchain, disaster risk and more around the world.

Some current programs include NASA’s Space Apps ChallengeNYCEDC’s Futureworks, the M-Corps cleantech manufacturing program with NYSERDA, The Incubation Network with Circulate Capital to battle ocean plastics, and LAUNCH, accelerating technologies for the circular economy

Explore our work, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or reach out any time. We look forward to building a better future with you.

21st-Century Economies

21st-century economies are built by strengthening networks and community. So that's where SecondMuse has been focusing for the past ten years. Explore selected projects and stories below or head to our Work page for a summary.


SecondMuse teamed up with both New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York State Energy Resource Development Authority to build a trio of programs that are revitalizing hardware and cleantech manufacturing across the Big Apple and Empire State. 

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Ocean Plastics

The Incubation Network by The Circulate Initiative and SecondMuse will increase the quality and quantity of companies and programs working to stop plastic leakage to the ocean and environment while also increasing broad-based economic development and job growth, and improving health outcomes.


Over the past half-decade, SecondMuse built Space Apps Challenge, the world’s largest hackathon, with NASA. The incubation innovation program opens up access to the agency’s massive pool of data and at the same time engages young engineers annually in more than 200 cities across the globe. 

Youth Wellbeing

Growing up is tricky. It’s even more complex in our new hyper-connected world. With Pivotal Ventures a Melinda Gates company, we’re sourcing innovations that rethink and reshape social technologies to support teen wellbeing.

Our Impact

1 K
program participants (in 130 countries)
1 K
Solutions Prototyped
Businesses accelerated (80% Success rate)
$ 1 B
social and environmental impact (USD)

Our Communities

At the core of 21st-century economies are communities and networks, not just goods and services. We successfully build economies across borders, industries and mandates because we put people first.

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Futureworks NYC

At the heart of America's largest city-backed hardware incubator are deep relationships and an altruistic network of supporters. Hear why mentors put their heart into the program.
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Building the world's biggest hackathon meant re-engaging earthlings with data, not rockets. The Space Apps Challenge empowers engineers to create APIs and collaborate across the globe.
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Ready to help this year’s innovators were investors, experts, and companies like IKEA, VF Corporation, Walmart, Novozymes, Kvadrat, Nature’s Path, Waste Management, Sympatex, and other leaders.

Our Stories

On Earth Day and Every Day, Working to ‘Restore Our Earth’

On Their Shoulders

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we reflect on some of the trailblazing women who inspire our work at SecondMuse.

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