We believe that economies are easily shaped and influenced in their infancy, so we start by supporting entrepreneurs and the ecosystems around them. We do this by engaging participants and organizations through a mix of innovation programming (hackathons, incubators, accelerators), supporting ecosystem development, and designing and distributing investment funds.

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Innovation

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Our
APPROACH

Our process of understanding innovation ecosystems is based on deep and purposeful engagement with actors within each ecosystem. We do this by applying a mixed-method approach that draws on sociological, anthropological and design research techniques. These efforts result in a “diagnosis” of the ecosystem, identifying both strengths as well as opportunities to leverage additional value within the community of innovation. Once an underlying picture of the ecosystem emerges, we then collaborate with actors within the ecosystem to design programs aimed at strengthening the innovation community. These programs — designed to meet the unique needs of each ecosystem — employ a range of tools and strategies targeted across the full spectrum of innovation.

Our
PROGRAMS

We design, develop and implement a mix of innovative programming that spans sectors, but as a whole, seeks to benefit people and protect the planet. Our programming includes everything from The Incubation Network, where we’re focused on ending plastic pollution to GET Cities, where we aim to accelerate female representation in the tech industry, to NASA Space Apps Challenge, where we foster solutions to address real-world problems on Earth and in space.

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Upstream Lab

The Upstream Lab initiative is working to support the emergence and scaling of upstream solutions to plastic waste across South and Southeast Asia. Reducing the amount of plastic making its way into circulation is vital to address plastic pollution. By working across the ecosystem with corporate partners, other commercial actors in the plastics market, governments and consumers, the Upstream Lab will tackle plastic pollution at its source. Together with InOff Plastic, this innovative work will take place over the coming 2.5 years.

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For ClimateTech

For ClimateTech initiative is supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and focuses on building a global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors who are elevating ClimateTech founders working to solve the climate crisis. Together with NextCorps, our initiative aims to help growth-stage innovators scale and to support early-stage innovators to jumpstart their climate tech companies.

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GET Cities

Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities is working to develop inclusive tech hubs across the United States. We believe that national change can be accelerated when we start at the local level. Over the next five years, GET Cities will focus on three U.S. cities — which started with Chicago in 2020 and Washington DC in 2021.

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Headstream

Headstream Accelerator is uniting a community to build social technologies that actively support teens’ pressing needs for wellbeing and their desires to create, learn, and engage, rather than passively consume. Our Headstream innovators have the ability to inspire and spark a much larger community to harness and shape the future of social technologies.

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Space Apps

Space Apps is the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space. Every year, we organize Space Apps hackathons in 200+ cities around the globe. Since 2012, SecondMuse has spearheaded this work in partnership with NASA.

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Food System Vision Prize

The Food System Vision Prize was an invitation for companies, communities, governments, cooperatives, partnerships, NGOs and universities across the globe to develop a Vision of the regenerative and nourishing food system that they aspire to create by the year 2050. Together with The Rockefeller Foundation and IDEO, we seek to amplify the conversation on the state and the future of the world’s many food systems.

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Kinective

Kinective was a community-sourced incubator in Southwest Florida aimed at growing the local economy through the development of innovation and an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our program focused on scaling small businesses in Fort Myers, with support from local enterprises and nonprofit entrepreneurs.

Futureworks NYC

Futureworks NYC was a hardware manufacturing incubator aimed at helping emerging and existing manufacturers adopt advanced technologies and increase local production in New York City. Our program provided key support services for businesses to start, grow, and thrive across the city’s five boroughs.

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Breakout Accelerator

Through the Breakout Accelerator, we supported 10 entrepreneurs in rural and regional Australia to grow their impact. Based out of the iconic Old Beechworth Gaol in Victoria, we ushered in a new generation of businesses from rural and regional Victoria and southern New South Wales. Our program was co-developed by the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship.

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Frontier Incubators

Supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) innovationXchange (iXc), Frontier Incubators program aimed to improve the support available to social enterprises in the region. Working directly with a cohort of incubators and accelerators, we created a community that connects leaders from 25 incubators and accelerators across 15 countries in the region.

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Tech to Protect

The Tech to Protect Challenge was a coding challenge designed to help emergency responders in the U.S. meet their mission to serve and protect the community. Our program is a federally-funded initiative led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and its Public Safety Communications Research division. Together with the RedFlash Group, we organized the challenges at 10 in-person locations across the U.S.

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Big Apps

In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), our BigApps initiative focused on finding the best blockchain solutions to NYC government agency problems and inefficiencies. SecondMuse catalyzed the NYC blockchain community with a public-private partnership innovation challenge, fostering long-term success in a volatile and unpredictable industry.

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Seafood Innovation Project

Seafood Innovation Project was an accelerator program focused on building the future economy of Indonesia’s sustainable seafood sector. Organized in collaboration with Australian DFAT, our program supported six high-impact innovators that successfully raised $2 million in investment to help grow their sustainable seafood ventures.

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LAUNCH

Founded in 2009 with NASA, USAID, Nike Inc., and the US Department of State, LAUNCH sourced the most promising innovations from around the world and provided them with the resources they needed to solve the world’s most complex challenges. We mobilized 1,000 leaders to accelerate 111 innovators addressing 13 challenge areas.

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Frontier Innovators