Since the January opening of Hunts Point’s Sunshine Bronx Incubator, 68 entrepreneurs have signed on with the startup factory. According to NY Daily News, the “budding firms” include an online marketing enterprise, a picture book publishing house, and a compost pick-up service, known as Dirt Works. Eathan Janney began Dirt Works after winning a CUNY business plan competition. The company will transport food scraps from homes to compost sites for a free.
Think Work Media, the online marketing enterprise, was started by Shayne Spencer, who founded the company to help small businesses find new customers over the Internet. Sunshine Bronx entrepreneurs pay $195/month for a shared work space, or can rent desks for $275/month. The fees include access to business equipment and conference rooms and mentoring from various startup experts. the company that operates the Bronx hub, and two additional sites in Manhattan, is known as Sunshine Suites. Cheni Yerushalmi, Manager of Sunshine Suits, claims that the Sunshine Bronx startups have exchanged about $200,000 for services and support.