Make It in Brooklyn is a movement that celebrates the entrepreneurial ethos, grit and drive in Brooklyn - the place the world’s top trendsetters, makers and pioneers live, work and create together.

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. We host pitch contests, and have awarded over $85,000 to local entrepreneurs, several of which have gone on to make lucrative exits, receive additional funding, or scale their businesses.  


PAST CONTESTS


Make it in Brooklyn Female Founders Pitch Contest  | October 2017

Winner: NeMedIO $5,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Design + Strategy Services from Berlin Cameron 

MC: Dee Poku-Spalding, The Other Festival 

Judges
Ishveen Anand, Founder of OpenSponsorship
Valerie Biberaj, Director, Kate Spade & Company Foundation / Director, Philanthropic Programming for Kate Spade & Company
Jennifer DaSilva, President of Berlin Cameron
Alessandra Henderson, VP of Network at Human Ventures
Yao Huang, Founder and Managing Partner of The Hatchery

Partners for this event included:
JP Morgan Chase, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, City Point, The Other Festival, and Brooklyn Brewery


Make it in Brooklyn Arts + Tech Pitch Contest | July 2017

Winner: PicFic $5,000 cash

Judges De Angela Duff, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Jon Vanhala, Crossfade Partners
Joni Saylor, IBM
Catherine Levene, ArtSpace Marketplace, Purch and Bambeco
J.J. Casper, Blue Seed Collective 

Partners for this event included: JP Morgan Chase, who underwrite the Make It in Brooklyn series, and A/D/O (Mini), NEW INC, and New York Foundation for the Arts. 


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

Judges 
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)

Judges
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