Awardees may use Westchester County Business FIRST grant funds for retaining and/or supporting employees; employee benefits; rent or mortgage payments; addressing temporary COVID-19-related restrictions on business activity; increasing technology capacity to enable alternative work options; marketing; buying safety equipment; and other expenses directly related to impacts of the pandemic.
The Element 46 Incubator program kicked off in 2019 to inspire and support entrepreneurial talent and the development of new businesses in the County. Two cohorts of diverse startups have already completed the program. Startups learn from local business experts, network and collaborate with each other and with Element 46 alumni, receive extensive mentorship, and have access to co-working space during the program. For more information and to apply for the next cohort, click here:
Westchester County Biosciences Accelerator is a competitive entry, 6-month long program designed to provide entrepreneurship education and regional networking to seed-stage ventures to build their teams and secure funds. Innovators with therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, research tools, digital health and materials technology breakthroughs are invited to apply. You do not need to have formed a company to apply. For more information and to apply for the next cohort, click here:
The County has recruited a team of seasoned professionals who serve as volunteer mentors to provide free business advice to small businesses affected by the pandemic. The County will match the small business with a volunteer mentor whose skill set matches the small business owner’s needs. This program is provided by the County in partnership with RXR Realty’s RXR Volunteer program, which similarly connects local small businesses affected by COVID-19 with volunteers who have expertise in various business disciplines.
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