programs

Women.nyc helps women advance their careers in the greatest city in the world. Browse our list of past and present programs:

WE NYC

Women entrepreneurs are key drivers in New York; their businesses generate $50 billion into the economy per year and employ over 190,000. So when they thrive, NYC gets stronger. WE (Women Entrepreneurs) NYC was formed to connect women to resources that have been historically directed to men. WE NYC provides venture capital, credit, and expert legal advice so women can grow their startups into world-class companies.

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Digital Office Hours

Digital Office Hours is a 4-month pilot program launched in November 2021. This innovative virtual tool connects NYC women with successful, seasoned professionals in diverse fields for free career conversations. Participants can schedule a 30-minute conversation with an innovator, founder, or even a CEO, and seek guidance on topics including exploring a new field, navigating a career change, negotiating a job offer, and more.

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Childcare Innovation Lab

The Childcare Innovation Lab works to re-frame access to childcare as a core economic development issue rather than a private family matter by:

1) Leading research about the effect of childcare on NYC’s economy and families;

2) Working with NYC employers and fellow government agencies to catalyze public-private collaboration and innovation that can expand accessible, affordable, quality childcare solutions and support working women and families

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New Venture 50+

New Venture is a free bootcamp for NYC woman age 50 and up who have an idea for a new business. The intensive course meets twice a week for six weeks in total and takes entrepreneurs from idea to action plan. The program teaches participants how to refine their business concepts, draft a strong business plan, and gain the knowledge and skills they need to launch a profitable small business, all through the lens of current market shifts and changes due to the economic impact of Covid-19. The first group of participants graduated in July 2020 and said the program enhanced not only their knowledge but their sense of possibility as well.

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Women in Film Fund

NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre promotes diversity within New York’s media and entertainment industry by awarding up to $5.5 million in grants to projects for, by and about women.  The first round of funding, worth $1.5 million, was announced in February 2019 and is currently supporting 63 projects in TV, film, and the theater. In July 2019, the fund added an additional $500,000 for music projects such as EPs, LPs or videos for yet to be released works in all genres. The NYC Women’s Fund is a campaign of women.nyc, NY Foundation for the Arts, and the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment. Applications are now closed. Recipients will be notified in March 2022.

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WE Venture

Just 2.2% of venture capital funding goes to women-owned or led startups. So New York teamed up with venture capital partners to launch WE Venture, a bold new program that is funding NYC based companies founded, owned or led by women and/or minority entrepreneurs. For the next five years, New York will commit $10 million alongside $20 million from our consortium of VC firms, which will target early stage (ranging from seed stage through Series A) technology or technology-enabled companies.

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She Built NYC

Pioneering women have shaped New York history through politics, work and more. She Built NYC is a public-arts campaign that celebrates their impact while addressing gender gaps in city spaces. Launched by women.nyc, She Built NYC aims to ensure that half of the city’s statues celebrate women. In this way, New York’s full story will be told and yesterday’s trailblazers can inspire the change-makers of tomorrow.

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Ask for More (2019 - 2020)

Our salary negotiation workshops taught participants the strategies they needed to make the strongest possible case for a new job, a raise, a promotion or better benefits. Participants left the class with a refreshed sense of confidence, negotiation skills and a new support network. Check back on women.nyc for updates about future sessions.

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MotherCoders (2019)

Designed by moms for moms, MotherCoders was a program that taught JavaScript, CSS, HTML and other skills to mothers so they could get careers in the tech industry, an important part of New York’s economy. Created in the Bay Area by moms for moms, MotherCoders made its New York debut at the Brooklyn Public Library in early 2019, thanks to a partnership between Google, MotherCoders and women.nyc. Nine weeks of classes were provided for free, with childcare included.

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Shop Women-Owned (2019)

New York is home to more than 200,000 women-owned businesses—more than any other city in the U.S. And since where people shop matters as much as what they buy, women.nyc and American Express teamed up in March 2019 to launch Shop Women-Owned, a campaign that helped New Yorkers (and out-of-towners) find women-owned businesses in all five boroughs.  “Shop Women-Owned” decals were placed physically and virtually to help shoppers participate in the campaign.

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