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The City of Hoboken, the Hoboken Public Library, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Propelify LLC/NJ tech Council have undertaken a study of the physical spaces, resources, programs, and policies necessary to support innovation in Hoboken and the Hudson County region.

The six-month study  includes an inventory of existing innovation infrastructure in the region, a survey of best practices nationally, and opportunities for input from elected officials, civic leaders, stakeholders and the broader public. The goal of the study is to identify unmet needs, and to make recommendations for organizational, programmatic and spatial strategies to support innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship within the region.

All funding for this study has been provided through a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

The findings and recommendations of this study can be found HERE.

Launch Hoboken Feasibility Study Report Published (July 2020)

The Launch Hoboken Innovation Center Feasibility Study concluded in July 2020 with the publication of an extensive report detailing prioritized recommendations and strategies for fostering a robust innovation ecosystem in Hoboken and the Hudson County Region. The report can be read below:

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Launch Hoboken

The City of Hoboken, the Hoboken Public Library, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Propelify LLC/NJ tech Council have undertaken a study of the physical spaces, resources, programs, and policies necessary to support innovation in Hoboken and the Hudson County region.

The six-month study  includes an inventory of existing innovation infrastructure in the region, a survey of best practices nationally, and opportunities for input from elected officials, civic leaders, stakeholders and the broader public. The goal of the study is to identify unmet needs, and to make recommendations for organizational, programmatic and spatial strategies to support innovation and inclusive entrepreneurship within the region.

All funding for this study has been provided through a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

The findings and recommendations of this study can be found HERE.

Launch Hoboken Feasibility Study Report Published (July 2020)

The Launch Hoboken Innovation Center Feasibility Study concluded in July 2020 with the publication of an extensive report detailing prioritized recommendations and strategies for fostering a robust innovation ecosystem in Hoboken and the Hudson County Region. The report can be read below:

PROCESS & SCHEDULE

January 2020 - July 2020

1. Inventory

January 2020 (Complete)

This phase of the study will identify and document existing “innovation infrastructure” such as programs, organizations and facilities that already exist in Hoboken and the Hudson County region through research, stakeholder interviews, and targeted focus groups.

2. Vision

February 2020 (Complete)

During this phase of the study, we will identify unmet needs, competitive advantages, and opportunities to impact the innovation ecosystem. Significant feedback from the project partners and stakeholders will give focus to goals, objectives and priorities aimed at supporting innovation and entrepreneurship within the region.

3. Strategies

March 2020 - May 2020 (Complete)

Based on the findings of the previous phases, organizational, programmatic, spatial and physical strategies will be developed and evaluated to determine potential impacts.

Opportunities for public input on potential strategies will be offered through an on-line survey and a Virtual Public Open House.

4. Findings & Recommendations

July 2020

The Launch Hoboken study concludes with a prioritized implementation plan to grow innovation and entrepreneurship.

Findings and recommendations can be found here.

5. Implementation & Next Steps

See the Recommendations of the Launch Hoboken study and learn how the City and its Project Partners plan to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the Region.

Engagement  & Feedback

Do you want your voice heard?

LAUNCH HOBOKEN provides multiple opportunities for input and feedback from the public including a digital survey, direct email, and a Virtual Public Open House. See Below for further details about each.

VIRTUAL Public Open House

The LAUCH HOBOKEN team hosted a virtual open house from April 13-30th.

While the comments are no longer being moderated , you can still visit the VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE, or watch the videos of Session 1 and Session 2 of our live video meetups.

You may also still participate in the on-line survey (above) or send us an email (below) to help us understand how best to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Hoboken

Take A Survey

Are you an innovator? Business Owner? Do you want to be?

Help us get to know you and your needs by taking a short anonymous survey. Results of the survey will shape recommendations of the study, and will be published with the final report of the Launch Hoboken study.

TAKE SURVEY

NEWS  & HAPPENINGS

All the activities, announcements, news and happenings of the Launch Hoboken Study

Hoboken Public Library Tour

Public Library Director Lina Podles led the Consultant Team on an extensive tour of the Public Library’s main building and the newly acquired properties to the west.  The former residential buildings have been creatively adapted for administrative uses and a new program offering – Toybrary.  The Library has been at the forefront of community-facing innovation programs including its Makers Monday’s.  The program fosters learning and creativity through education and access to tools. Their tools and classes feature a variety of technologies, arts & crafts, and music.  

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Hudson Kitchen Incubator Tour

The Launch Hoboken consultant team (FCA and East Egg Project Management) visited Hudson Kitchen.  Hudson Kitchen builds community and fosters growth for budding entrepreneurs that understand food can means business, and business drives transformation. The organization provides access to a 24/7 shared kitchen and storage space, mentorship, networking events, workshops, and training through our Food Business Bootcamp.

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Mission 50 Co-working Tour

The Launch Hoboken consultant team (FCA and East Egg Project Management) visited Mission 50 Coworking space at 50 Harrison Street in Hoboken’s southwest. The facility is a coworking environment and a second home for entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers alike.  New offerings include larger state-of-the-art step-out spaces for maturing companies such as the fast-growing Health Recovery Solutions (a health-tech company).

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Stevens Venture Center Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Meetup

FCA and East Egg Project Management attended the Venture Center February meetup. The Venture Center’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence provides guidance and direction to SVC members on specific industries and best practices in developing business and market plans that effectively address investors’ concerns and questions of investors.

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Launch Hoboken Team Visits Civic Hall NYC

Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO of Civic Hall was generous in explaining his vision for civic and social entrepreneurship.  Our team toured the facility in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and had an opportunity to experience the space firsthand for the afternoon.  Civic Hall has very exciting plans to occupy a new 85,000 square foot space on Union Square beginning in September of 2021. Civic Hall is a non-profit center for learning, collaboration, and technology for the public good. At Civic Hall, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, government staff, community organizers, philanthropists, software developers, data scientists and media makers come together to share knowledge and solve pressing public interest problems.

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Launch Hoboken Hosts Virtual Public Open House

On April 22, 2020 The Launch Hoboken Team Hosted two virtual public meetings using via Zoom.  The discussion centered around ways that the Launch Hoboken initiative can best entrepreneurs through resources, training, and programming. You can see recordings of the Session 1 and Session 2 on Vimeo.

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