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 $80,000 to local entrepreneurs, several of which have gone on to make lucrative exits, receive additional funding or scale their businesses.  

Attend the Arts + Tech pitch contest

Come out for drinks, snacks and networking with top entrepreneurs and investors

Make It in Brooklyn Arts + Tech Pitch Contest | July 26, 2017

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash injection for their business - no strings attached. 

One of these five finalists will win $5,000 to fund their entrepreneurial journey.  

Artwrld is a digital networking technology for fine artists to showcase their work. 

Audiodrops is an augmented music discovery app based on your location. Think Pokémon Go for Music.

Museum Vision is a machine learning toolkit that brings art alive for people to interact and engage beyond the museum. This is like Shazam for art. 

PicFic is an online publishing platform that connects writers, artists, and readers, specializing in illustrated, serialized novels. 

Stareable is a web series community connecting creators to fellow collaborators and fans. This is the future of television outside the box. 

Get your ticket now to support and network with Brooklyn’s top talent! 

The judges include:   

De Angela Duff, Co-Director and an Industry Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Jon Vanhala, Managing Director of Crossfade Partners
Joni Saylor, Design Principal at IBM
Catherine Levene, Co-Founder of ArtSpace Marketplace, Board Member at Purch and Bambeco. 
J.J. Casper, Founder of Blue Seed Collective. 

Partners for this event include:
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.

Get your ticket for great networking in Brooklyn. 

Make It in Brooklyn Food Innovation Pitch Contest March 2017

Winner: Re-Nuble $5,000 cash

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 

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) 

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 

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 

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