“We want to make sure the talent we have in this region finds a home to launch their companies,” said college president Félix Matos Rodríguez last week. “And they get to do it with phenomenal talent all around them.”
Matos Rodriguez noted the college has the largest number of computer science majors – nearly 1,200 – in New York City, so businesses looking for interns need only look on campus.
“Any talent in the students, in the faculty, in the partnerships, we have it here,” he said.
The incubator has 70 rental work stations with access to high-speed Internet and a 3D printer, as well as access to a conference room. Pricing depends on the space a company occupies.
Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative minds. Currently, there are ten companies using the space.
Jean Ndoutoumou is the founder of Numeraxial, a financial technology business. He was the incubator's first client and praised the space of it's resources and the ability to employ students as interns.
Ndoutoumou explained the space will allow his company and others to turn their ideas into a tangible product.
“This is a place where we can go from a product concept all of the way to alpha or beta or straight to market,” he said.
The tech incubator is part of a citywide initiative funded by the City Council, explained James Vacca, who chairs the council's Technology Committee. Lehman College in the Bronx and The College of Staten Island are getting a similar incubators, and he's hoping the program will expand to other CUNY campuses.
Councilman Rory Lancman was thrilled the incubator is in his district and at his alma matter because it will give Queens students and residents an equitable chance to get involved in technology start-ups.
“Too often, for those opportunities to realize your full potential as a student and in life you have to trek into Manahttan or you have to leave the city and state entirely,” he said.
For more information visit www.tiqc.nyc.