NEW INC Open Call 2016

NEW INC is excited to announce our annual open call for applications!


NEW INC is a shared workspace and professional development program committed to advancing cutting-edge creative practice and supporting transformative cultural ideas. Our unique program is dedicated to investigating new forms of practice, tools, strategies and models towards building a sustainable and thriving creative ecosystem for NYC and beyond.

Read on to determine if you’re a good fit. We encourage questions — if you are not sure about something, please reach out to us at


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Why should I apply to NEW INC?

As the first museum-led incubator, NEW INC does things a little differently. We offer a curated creative community, a dynamic shared workspace and a stimulating professional development program designed to help support creative practitioners and entrepreneurs working at the intersection of art, design and technology develop and launch their ideas. Over the past 18 months, we’ve incubated more than 200 full-time and part-time members, seen our start-ups raise over $2 million in funding, witnessed the growth and development of a dozen new creative studios, and seen our artists and designers receive prestigious residency opportunities, commissions and awards. We encourage and support the exploration of new ideas and experimentation with new forms of creative practice, technical applications, and business models.

Need more specifics? Take a look at our Program Page.


Who Should Apply?

NEW INC is for emerging professionals addressing art, design, technology, and entrepreneurship in their practice. We offer 40 full-time and 40 part-time memberships a year and encourage both individuals and teams to apply.

Our community explores a wide range of creative and business practices, including but not limited to: Interactive Art and Design, Music and Sound Art, Fashion and Wearable Tech, Gaming, Architecture, Urban Design, Product Design, Dance and Performing Arts, Animation, Motion Graphics, Experimental Film, Video and Photography, Web and Mobile Development, and Publishing.

Research areas we’re interested in focusing on this year include (but are not limited to):  

  • Open Software / Open Hardware

  • Online Communities

  • Sustainable Design

  • Civic Engagement & Digital Activism

  • Data & Privacy

  • Alternative Economies & Business Models

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Blockchain-based Systems

  • Virtual & Augmented Reality


What Are the Application Requirements?

Membership is open to emerging professionals not currently enrolled in an academic program. Applicants must be US citizens or have the ability to secure a visa for conducting business in the US (NEW INC can provide letters of recommendation but cannot secure a visa for you.)

Full-time memberships require a twelve-month commitment and active participation in the professional development program. Part-time memberships are available for shorter terms but are subject to limited access to the space, resources, and programs.

Take a look through the specifics of our Review Process and Criteria.


Where are you located?

231 Bowery, right next door to our founding institution, the New Museum. Our facilities include 8,000 square feet of dedicated coworking space, a prototyping space complete with 3D printing lab and laser cutting workshop, social areas, conference rooms, and an event space.


When are applications due?

Our open call runs from April 11 to May 13 2016 (10:00 PM EST deadline), for the term September 2016 - August 2016.

We’re also offering two information sessions where you can get an overview of NEW INC, meet the team, learn about the workspace, its members and programs