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Yard Labs

Yard Labs


Yard Labs gives companies the opportunity to beta test frontier technology products by activating the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 300-acre city within a city. Pilots have access to select infrastructure & space, offering a unique controlled urban environment to test new and existing technologies, collect data, and prepare for market launch.

We welcome companies that make and test equipment for the green economy. Yard Labs pilots leverage our mobility and building assets to lead innovation for climate tech.

Application Cycles

To apply in 2024, a Company Application and Workplan must be submitted within one of these windows:

  • January 1-12
  • April  1-12
  • July 1-12
  • October 1-11

Up to 4 pilots are accepted each cycle. Pilots that complete the full process can expect to launch within 8-16 weeks of the application cycle and date. After launch, each pilot generally wraps within 1-2 quarters (1-6 months).

Application Process

  1. Read the Yard Labs Guide below
  2. Contact to kick off your Pre-Application period
  3. Request Optional Pre-Application:
    • Introductory Meeting
    • Pilot-Site Analysis
    • Site Visit
  4. Submit complete Company Application and Workplan

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Yard Labs & Your Pilot

Best-fit benchmarks:

  • Pilot alignment with the Yard’s strategic Target Areas and Technologies of Interest
  • Company alignment with the Yard’s manufacturing, economic development, social mission, and goals
  • Pilots scoped to fit the Yard’s Asset Categories and available piloting locations
  • Participation in the Yard community ecosystem during the life of the pilot

Yard Assets

The Yard has eight Asset Categories, which all applicants should use to scope their pilots. As a working manufacturing campus for 550+ businesses, we evaluate your pilot’s overall footprint, which includes the type, extent, and length of Asset use.

Use the below to determine the best location/s for your pilot. The Piloting Areas Asset Map reflects upcoming construction and other designated use areas.

Piloting Areas Asset Map

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