Queens College Opens Tech Hub for Local Entrepreneurs
Business owners in the borough now have a new space to take their technology to the next level. NY1's Shannan Ferry gives us a look inside.
Nelson Nigel hopes his new app will make the car service industry more kid-friendly.
'Kidmoto' connects passengers to drivers with federally-approved child car seats.
"There is a need in the market for taxis providing child safety seats, and it's an open market," said Nigel, who is the Founder and CEO.
Nigel's startup is one of about 10 operating out of the new tech incubator at Queens College.
Officials held a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for the site Thursday, which will serve as a work space for some of the boroughs entrepreneurs.
Ayanna Mays hopes to expand her tutoring company 'Track Star' by developing mobile tutoring apps.
"For those students and those parents who may not be able to come to the tutoring center, who may not be able to afford the one on one personal tutoring," said Mays.
Organizers said small businesses owners also have access to different resources including a 3D printer.
"I want to say the next Uber or Facebook came out of Queens, really that's the ultimate goal, we want to really harness the next tech bubble," said Weeks Mensah, who is the Managing Director of the incubator.
Plus, the incubator will provide great opportunities for students.
"You can be a paid employee, you can be an intern, a class can have a project with a company that gives you credit for school, start your own business," said Felix Matos Rodriguez, who is the President of Queens College.
Organizers said they have about 70 more work spaces available. For more information visit tiqc.nyc