Q + A
Q+A: Made in New York Media Center by IFP
The Made in New York Media Center by IFP is nearing its second anniversary. Part incubator, part gallery, part cafe, the center is full of surprises. We sat down with Sabrina Dridje to learn more.
Can you tell us a little bit about the origins of the Media Center?
The Made in NY Media Center by IFP opened its doors in October 2013 through a unique partnership between IFP, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the NYCEDC who are charged with the economic growth of New York City. The Media Center was created to connect, train and support innovators and entrepreneurs looking to redefine Media and Technology.
What kind of work do you do / what do you offer?
This mission is delivered through three main offerings throughout our 20,000 square foot space in DUMBO. The driving force is our incubator membership – a community of entrepreneurs working across new technologies and digital media who work in the space, access a network of expert resources, programs and perhaps most importantly, connect with each other.
The Media Center also produces events, professional development and programs for the public that aim to inspire, educate and provide access to the conversation around the future of Media.
What makes the Media Center unique?
The Media Center is unique in its focus in bringing together a community of like-minded entrepreneurs across Media and Technology who support each other and exchange diverse ideas and insights. As a mission based, non-profit, the Media Center aims to provide access to the resources our internal and external community need – whether it is introductions to investors, feedback from some of the largest advertising agencies or training on how to pitch.
What have been the highlights in the last year?
Moving towards our second anniversary, we have been looking at the highlights of our first. From running bi-annual Demo Days for our teams to pitch to investors, press and clients to the completion of our new Creative>> Founder Lab, the Media Center has had the pleasure of working and supporting some of the most exciting companies in gaming, content and technology. The Media Center is also extremely excited to be running international exchange programs that are connecting Media/Technology companies from across the world. This year saw the completion of a three-month program with Berlin and the Fall will see a 10-day intensive program in partnership with the French Cultural Embassy, which will welcome 10 Parisian Start Ups to New York.
When IFP won the RFP from the City, the choice to place the center at the heart of DUMBO, was always a priority. The area’s unique blend of innovative start ups, creators and digital media companies represents the values and community that the Media Center is supporting.
Favorite spot in DUMBO?
You’ll see the Media Center team frequenting Olympia Wine Bar and 68 Jay – great spots!