About the Innovation Council

Mobilizing the resources and influence of business leaders in support of the city’s fast-growing innovation economy.

Today, New York City is bustling with tech startups, supported by a proliferation of investors, incubators, accelerators and a host of corporate, government and academic initiatives designed to nurture and promote the sector. As innovation activity has expanded, however, high-growth startups have begun to hit political, bureaucratic and industry speed bumps that threaten the city’s future as a center of innovation.

The Innovation Council intends to harness the mutual interests of the old and new economies of the city, in order to ensure that innovators from around the world will continue to flock here and that the result will be a world class innovation hub built on collaboration rather than disruption.

New York's Innovation Economy

The Partnership worked with Doblin, Deloitte’s innovation consultancy, to examine the current innovation ecosystem, and identify public and private sector-led opportunities to create an environment where innovative companies can scale up and thrive.

Clarify the Ambition

A better marketing plan and clearer value proposition is needed to attract talent and investors

Cultivate an Innovative Business Climate

Review and repeal laws and regulations that inhibit innovation

Nurture Innovation Champions

More champions for innovation are needed to provide innovators with visibility, recognition, and credibility

Align Talent

Address the misalignment between the talent developed in New York City and the specific skills needed, especially in engineering

Foster Meaningful Encounters

Help innovators navigate the splintered and disaggregated innovation ecosystem

Harness International Reach and Workforce Diversity

Promote the city’s diversity as an advantage for innovation efforts that thrive on creativity and broad market testing

Members

Orlan Boston

Orlan Boston

Global Client Service Partner and Americas Life Sciences Transactions Leader, ERNST & YOUNG LLP
Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock

Vice Chair, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Mylan L. Denerstein

Mylan L. Denerstein

Partner, GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP
Stuart Ellman

Stuart Ellman

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, RRE VENTURES
Rachel Haot

Rachel Haot

Managing Director, 1776
Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner

Chief Executive Officer, KUSHNER COMPANIES
Anton Levy

Anton Levy

Managing Director and Global Head of Internet & Technology, General Atlantic
Anthony Malkin

Anthony Malkin

Chairman & CEO, EMPIRE STATE REALTY TRUST
Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

Partner, Betaworks
Greg Mondre

Greg Mondre

Managing Partner & Managing Director, SILVER LAKE
Jennifer Nason

Jennifer Nason

Global Chairman, Tech, Media & Telecom, J.P. MORGAN
Michael D. Rhodin

Michael D. Rhodin

Senior Vice President, IBM Watson, IBM CORPORATION
Kevin P. Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan

Chairman & CEO, AlleyCorp
Julie Samuels

Julie Samuels

Executive Director, Tech:NYC
Robert K. Steel

Robert K. Steel

Chief Executive Officer, Perella Weinberg Partners LP
Michael Steib

Michael Steib

President & CEO, XO GROUP INC.
Mark Stein

Mark Stein

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, IAC

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Contact Us


  • For general inquiries, contact:

Michael Simas
Executive Director, Innovation Council
Executive Vice President, Partnership for New York City
mike@innovateinnyc.org


  • One Battery Park Plaza, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10004








About Us

The Partnership for New York City represents the city’s business leadership and its largest private sector employers. We work with government, labor and the nonprofit sector to promote economic growth and maintain the city’s position as a global center of commerce and innovation. Through the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership contributes directly to projects that create jobs, improve economically distressed communities and stimulate new business creation.