Three new tech companies are now calling the North Shore home. The startups hope to make Staten Island a hub for innovation and development. NY1’s Thabie Sibanda reports.
Georgina Castanon is the CEO of an award-winning international tourism app called Walk and Explore. She’s looking to expand her company with the help of the College of Staten Island’s Tech Incubator. The St. George facility offers companies not only office space, but access to resources offered by the college
"We couldn't be more thrilled, “said Castanon. “Coming here will help us get the tools, the people, the resources, in order to really scale at the level we need it to.”
She’s one of 3 entrepreneurs working out of the Incubator. The goal: To have these startups grow and create technology jobs in the borough.
"These hubs of innovation spawn larger economic development. Hopefully they will grow and employ. At the end of the day it's all about jobs and modernizing the workforce," said Beth Goldberg with the Small Business Administration.
"My goal as president is to have the college be a part of Staten Island and part of the driver for change on the island. And it's just really exciting. This is just one small way that's actually starting to happen," said CSI President William J. Fritz.
Another startup is French-based Vectuel that develops 3D simulations for projects in the design and construction phases. With all of the new development on the North Shore like the outlets and the NY wheel, they saw this as the perfect time to come to Staten Island.
“Staten Island is going through a huge development boom so it’s a great opportunity for us to provide a tool that helps people engage with their projects,” said Claire Flurin with Vectuel.
And for Muhand Jumah, the CEO of mTech, joining an incubator is something he’s dreamed of since developing the idea for his company at age 14. His company is looking to innovate education by using Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition software for educational purposes like taking class attendance.
"Ten years from today, what I would like to...have [is] my software...[in] every single school if possible and hopefully dominate the artificial intelligence in the city," said Jumah.
The College chose all 3 entrepreneurs after a competitive application process. They have 6 months to use the incubator before having to find a more permanent home.