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This blog post was written by David Meyer, one of our summer marketing interns.

What to Know

New York City is one of the United States’ biggest attractions. As one of the thirteen original colonies, New York has a long and storied history. New York City is also the city thought of most often when people talk about the US. In fact, if you Google “US cities”, it is the first one to come up. It is known for the bright lights of Times Square, the spectacular melting pot of cultures, and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty. People also think of New York as a hub of business success, especially when thinking of Wall Street in the financial sector. But there is much more to New York and many more types of business opportunities that it has to offer.

What to Do

Sage Corps places value on cultural immersion and trying new things. New York is a perfect place for Sage Corps fellows to experience this. New York City is very unique. The city is an unbelievable place to explore, and it offers new experiences with every block. From the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art to beautiful Central Park, New York City is filled with things to do. Art is abundant. Broadway shows are at every street corner. Also, the restaurants are fantastic, as NYC was number four on Zagat’s Top 17 Food Cities of 2015. In addition, while the city itself is the main attraction of New York, there is even more to the state than the Big Apple. New York offers beautiful natural attractions such as the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls as well. The Museum Mile Festival, Central Park SummerStage, and the U.S. Open are all fun events in NYC.

Startup Scene

The newest business stronghold in New York is the startup community. According to the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, “New York City is the second largest ecosystem in the world by number of startups” and it “also produced the 3rd highest Number of Unicorns”. “Unicorns” are startups valued at over one billion dollars. Some New York-based unicorns listed by Built in NYC include Buzzfeed, Etsy, and FanDuel. Only two other cities have more startups become industry powerhouses. With a thriving startup ecosystem and plenty of success stories already, New York is a perfect location for us to send Sage Corps fellows.

We have found a myriad of New York startups that are perfect for us and our mission. We are sending Sage Corps fellows to a variety of different startups in the area. These startups are diverse, ranging from Basepair, a genetic data processor, to Tweed Wolf, a photo album creator. The variety in topics and the massive amount of startups in New York provide limitless opportunities for our fellows to spread their wings. Our network there continues to grow and more startups are signing up daily to work with us. We are beyond excited to send our first-ever cohort to this awesome city, and can't wait to send more students in future years!

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