Make It in Brooklyn Female Founders pitch contest

We are excited to announce the finalists for the Make It in Brooklyn Female Founders pitch contest, to be held Thursday, February 27th at the Downtown Brooklyn HQ of previous MIIB pitch contest winner, Propel.

The startups are:

  • Metapyxl, founded by Tiffany Walling McGarrity, is peer-to-peer authentication software that encrypts digital media with a secure proof of ownership locked in metadata.
  • Cognitive ToyBox, founded by Tammy Kwan, is a platform that prepares children for school readiness by gamifying lessons.
  • BNDL, founded by Kandice Watson, is a platform to help busy parents get the clothes they need for their growing babies cheaper, quicker, and greener.
  • Make It Black, founded by Amanda Grogan, takes deadstock clothing and dyes it completely black, indistinguishable from virgin black clothing.
  • PracticeWheels, founded by Mandy Kouroshnia and Melika Farshad, takes Airbnb to the medical office, allowing doctors with unused hours and days to rent their space to doctors getting a private practice off the ground.


Our judges will be:

  • Danielle Joseph, Executive Director, Closed Loop Ventures
  • Jillian Williams, Investment Principal, Anthemis Group
  • Lindsay Clinton, Executive Vice President, NYCEDC
  • Liz Sisson, Chief Operating Officer at Urban.Us
  • Wendy Tsu, Partner, Alley Corp.


Our emcee for the evening will be Business Insider reporter Ellen Cranley.


Tickets are good for drinks, food, and time to network with founders, investors, and members of Brooklyn’s tech community.

The winner will receive a $5,000 prize courtesy of our keynote sponsors JPMorgan Chase & Co. and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Additionally, the winner will receive a free consultation with EA Creative Consulting to review business plan and strategy.

Thursday, February 27th, 6-8pm
Propel HQ 397 Bridge St., 8th Fl.

6:00pm - Doors Open
6:15pm - Opening Remarks
6:30-7:00pm – Pitches
7:30pm - Winner Announced
7:00-8:00pm - Networking Reception


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