People to Watch in Silicon Alley

Owen Davis, NYC Seed

Look for Mr. Davis at the Varick Street Incubator run by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and he’s invariably huddled with a bunch of young entrepreneurs, helping them plot out the next steps in their game plans.

Mr. Davis, 45, is the head of NYC Seed, a seed-stage venture fund that is a partnership between the New York City Investment Fund, the Industrial and Technology Assistance Corp., NYU-Poly and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. A new offshoot, SeedStart, provides young companies with $20,000, office space and the advice of seasoned VCs and entrepreneurs to help get their companies launched.

Mr. Davis’ mission: making New York City a go-to place for innovation.

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