Silicon Alley’s borders have been steadily expanding into all five boroughs, with incubators and coworking spaces hosting local entrepreneurs, meetup groups forming small tech nations, and even VC firms, and proudly displaying their boroughs in their titles.
What one organization decided to do was find out how big and innovative these communities really are, and how they measure up to one another. NY FiveBoro Pitch Slap organized a series of pitch competitions in all five boroughs, with each hosting a preliminary competition, and the final round of five finalists competing against each other.
After three weeks, five boroughs, 21 startups, 17 judges, and unlimited inspiration, this quest turned into a case of “it’s not where you’re from, but where you’re going,” and as in every great story, the winner turned out to be not whom those of us who were there from the spot, might have imagined.
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