Make It In Brooklyn

Apply now to compete at the Make It in Brooklyn Female Founders pitch contest!

Apply now for the Make It in Brooklyn Female Founders pitch competition. We’re bringing the best startups founded by women together for the opportunity to pitch a panel of VCs and tech experts to win $5,000 - and we want to hear from you.

Five finalists will pitch an expert panel and receive feedback on their pitches. Previous winners of Make It in Brooklyn pitch contests have gone on to raise millions in venture funding and many have seen successful exits.

Company application criteria:

  • must be a for-profit business
  • must have fewer than 20 employees
  • must be based in NYC

Applications are open until 11:59pm ET on Thursday, January 30th.
Finalists will be notified by Monday, February 3rd.
The pitch contest will take place on Thursday, February 27th.


Brooklyn is a place where entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation intersect, and Downtown Brooklyn is at the heart of it all. The Make It in Brooklyn campaign supports creative drive.

For the past three years, Make It In Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s campaign to support entrepreneurship and cultivate a lasting innovation ecosystem throughout Brooklyn, has supported hundreds of start-ups. Our series of pitch contests, meet-ups, and summits have brought together hundreds of entrepreneurs and provided over $90,000 in seed money and pro-bono professional services.

Partner with us

If you’re interested in partnering or sponsoring any of these events, drop us a line to discuss how we can work together.