New York State awarded Galvanize $1.3 million to help empower the region’s poor through STEM

Galvanize's Golden Triangle office in Denver. Courtesy of Galvanize.
Galvanize's Golden Triangle office in Denver. Courtesy of Galvanize.
Galvanize’s Golden Triangle office in Denver. Courtesy of Galvanize.

The State of New York awarded Denver-based Galvanize $1.3 million in funding to support the tech-education community and co-working space’s East Coast expansion.

After a competitive application process, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) selected Galvanize for the award based on its potential to advance the city’s Opportunity Agenda, by offering workforce training to those living below the federal poverty line.

The Opportunity Agenda seeks programs that offer the impoverished upward mobility, especially by building skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Galvanize announced in June its intent to build its ninth campus in New York City, and established a temporary 6,000-square-foot pop up space at 315 Hudson St. They have since been hosting events and meetups, and further developing partnerships, like that with IBM.

Come 2017, Galvanize will move to a 55,000-square-foot space in the same building that will be partially financed by the new funding.

Pending approval by the State of New York, the new space will house workshops, a startup co-working space, tech-education programs and the IBM Bluemix Garage that, like the one at Galvanize San Francisco, will encourage tech talent to build and design with IBM Cloud.

Jim Deters, Lawrence Mandes and Chris Onan founded Galvanize in Denver in 2012 to provide workspace, networking opportunities and skills training to tech entrepreneurs. Galvanize has four locations in Colorado, as well as in Austin, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and, soon, New York.

Denverite is a member at Galvanize.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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