BROOKLYN (March 30, 2017) –  Re-Nuble, a Brooklyn startup focused on developing more eco-friendly farming solutions for hydroponic growers, won Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s sixth Make it in Brooklyn pitch contest last night, beating four other entrepreneurs in a thrilling competition.

The event – which took place at Mason Jar in brand new Gotham Market at the Ashland – brought together five promising NYC startups in the food industry, each given six minutes to pitch a panel of five judges on their company’s strategy.  Following lengthy deliberations, the judges selected Re-Nuble, based on the company’s potential to reshape food production with its eco-friendly fertilizer products.

Re-Nuble beat out four startups – Rise Products, Bronx Hot Sauce, Seek Food, and Phood – for the grand prize.  The five judges who made the final decision were Dale Talde, Chef and Entrepreneur with Three Kings Restaurant Group; John Stage, Founder and Owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que; Chris Manka, Local Forager with Whole Foods; J.J. Kasper, Founder of Blue Seed Collective; and Nick Devane, CEO of Brooklyn Foodworks. 

“I’m honored and thrilled that a panel of some of NYC’s most successful food entrepreneurs saw the promise in Re-Nuble and awarded our company the first place prize,” said Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble’s Founder and CEO.  “There are so many great startups in Brooklyn that share my mission to make our food streams work better for the environment, for farmers, and for consumers, and I’m pleased and thankful to be given the opportunity to share what Re-Nuble is all about.”

“In Brooklyn we don’t have to look far to find bright young entrepreneurs who are changing the world with their ideas and companies,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer. “I am so impressed - not only with Re-Nuble, but with all of the pitch contestants who re-imagined the ways we grow and consume produce, products, and even crickets!”

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has now hosted six pitch contests awarding a total of $80,000 to local entrepreneurs who represent the entrepreneurial ethos, grit, and drive of the people that make Brooklyn, Brooklyn.  Previous winners include Happy, a recently sold startup that solves excess capacity problems for bars and restaurants; Text Riley, which allows realtors to use an automated text messaging system with clients; Propel, which builds software for Americans to take advantage of social services like food stamps; and Brooklyn Delhi, a startup bringing an Indian delicacy to the United States.

You can find a brief description of each of the five companies that competed last night below:

Re-Nuble: This startup converts food waste into various technologies in order to discover natural ways to make food more productive.

Bronx Hot Sauce: Made with serrano peppers grown in over 40 community gardens in The Bronx, Bronx Hot Sauce pays gardeners premium prices so they can earn income to support themselves and the operation of their gardens.

Rise Products: Rise upcycles unspent barley from microbreweries in Brooklyn into a tasty and nutritious flour using our proprietary technology.

Phood: Phood is food waste tracking and analytic software with actionable insights to help reduce pre-consumer commercial food waste volume by up to 50 percent. 

Seek: Seek is introducing sustainable protein-rich crickets to the American diet via ultra delicious and nutritious snack foods.

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About Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is a not-for-profit local development corporation that serves as the primary champion for Downtown Brooklyn as a world-class business, cultural, educational, residential, and retail destination.

Working together with the three business improvement districts (BID) that it manages – the MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association, and Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID – the Partnership’s diverse activities include attracting new businesses and improving the environment for existing companies; facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community; supporting and promoting Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural assets; and encouraging a unified sense of place and an engaged civic community. The Partnership celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. For more information, visit www.downtownbrooklyn.com.