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.
Make It in Brooklyn Food Innovation Pitch Contest
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 Innovation Summit Pitch Contest
Winner: Brooklyn Delhi
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: Maker's Edition
Mullein & Sparrow
One Month Unlimited Commons membership at WeWork ($350 value)
Free Zipcar for Business membership + driving credit ($185 value)
Make It in Brooklyn + BE.IN Pitch Contest: College Edition
Winner: Text Riley
One Month Unlimited Commons membership at WeWork
Free Zipcar for Business membership + driving credit