Make It in Brooklyn is a movement that celebrates the entrepreneurial ethos, grit and drive of Brooklyn, where leading trendsetters, makers and pioneers live, work and create.

Our mission at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is to support the success of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the borough by hosting events that bring small businesses the seed-funding, mentorship and connections it takes to make it here in Brooklyn. This is done through pitch contests and networking events with entrepreneurs, business owners, venture capitalists, and other key players to foster economic growth across the Brooklyn innovation corridor.  

DBP has now hosted six pitch contests, awarding a total of $80,000 to local entrepreneurs, several of which have gone on to make lucrative exits, receive additional funding or scale their businesses.  

PITCH CONTESTS

Make It in Brooklyn Food Innovation Pitch Contest
March 2017

Winner: Re-Nuble
$5,000 cash

Judges
Chris Manca, Whole Foods Forager
Nick Devane, Brooklyn Foodworks
John Stage, Dinosaur BBQ, Flip Bird, and Apizza Regionale
Dale Talde, Talde, Atlantic Social
JJ Kasper, Blue Seed Collective
Eve Paul Turrow, Author, A Taste of Generation Yum

Make It in Brooklyn Pitch For Good Contest
December 2016

Winner: Propel
$5,000 cash

Su Sanni, We Did It
DK Smith, Brooklyn Innovation Center
Chelsea Smith, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Shawn Cheng, Vayner Capital

Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit Pitch Contest
September 2016

Winner: Brooklyn Delhi
$5,000 Cash

Judges
Charlie O’Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
Jay Reno, Serial Entrepreneur, 1st ever Make it in Brooklyn Pitch Contest Winner
Joana Vicente, Made in NY Media Center IFP
Steve Kuyan, NYU Digital Future Lab

Make It in Brooklyn Pitch Contest: Digital Edition
June 2016

Winner: Humblee
$5,000 Cash
One Month Unlimited Commons membership at WeWork ($350 value)

Judges
Peter Boyce, II, General Catalyst
Bre Pettis, Entrepreneur 
Andre Dua, McKinsey
Syed Rivzi, Chase

Make It in Brooklyn Pitch Contest: Maker's Edition
February 2016

Winner
Mullein & Sparrow
$5,000 Cash
One Month Unlimited Commons membership at WeWork ($350 value)
Free Zipcar for Business membership + driving credit ($185 value)

Terry Romero, Kickstarter
Danielle Gould, Food + Tech Connect
Jonathan Butler, Brooklyn Flea
Andre Dua, McKinsey
Syed Rivzi, Chase

Make It in Brooklyn + BE.IN Pitch Contest: College Edition
November 2015

Winner: Text Riley  
$5,000 Cash
One Month Unlimited Commons membership at WeWork
Free Zipcar for Business membership + driving credit

Second place: Gloss and Glam
One Month at NYU DUMBO Incubator

Judges
Syed Rivzi, Chase
Jonathan Biggs, Tech Crunch
Nisha Dua, Built By Girls

Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit Pitch Contest
June 2015

Winner
Happy Any Hour
$50,000 investment

Judges
Nicholas Chirls, Notation Capital
Anu Duggal, F-Cubed
John Scheiber, Tech Crunch
Eric Skiff, Tanookie Labs + NYC Resistor