The Network Gap
Studies show that people network with others similar to themselves, and they seek career advice from friends, family, and peers. As a result, where you grow up, go to school, and work can give you a huge advantage in gaining access to opportunity. And this disparity or “network gap,” only grows as the challenges of remote work lead to decreased in-person opportunities for professional advancement.
Further, COVID-19 has exposed and deepened pre-existing income inequities stemming from the under-representation of women and New Yorkers of color in well-paying jobs and in senior roles in organizations.
The Solution: A Digital Networking Platform
Women.nyc, an NYCEDC initiative, seeks to decrease these disparities in networking by connecting New Yorkers across communities on a Digital Networking Platform. On this platform, established professionals will offer free, one-on-one informational “office hours” where emerging professionals can connect with them for mentorship, coaching, and network-building.
To achieve these goals, NYCEDC and women.nyc are soliciting partners who can serve as the following for the creation of the platform:
- Technology Partner(s): Technology partner(s) to provide in-kind services for the creation, maintenance, and continued usage of the platform.
- Sponsor Partner(s): Sponsor partner(s) to provide one or all of the following: funding for the scaling and continuation of the program, volunteer advisors, and/or marketing and positioning of the platform.
Solicitation and Project Timing
|Release of Solicitation||December 7, 2020|
Rolling through February 26, 2021
|Target Pilot Date||Q1 2021|
|Target Platform Go-Live Date||Q2 2021|
Potential respondents should address questions to [email protected] by February 26, 2021.
Detailed submission guidelines are outlined in this solicitation, available as of December 7, 2020. Click here to download a copy.
Responses will be considered on a rolling basis through February 26, 2021. Proposals shall be labeled “Digital Networking Platform Solicitation,” and uploaded below as a single zip file with this title.