Here are your Make it in Brooklyn pitch finalists
October 22, 2015
What do real estate, 3D printing, luxury salon services, hydropower turbine technology, and tattoo removal startups have in common?
Five finalists representing these industries have been chosen to pitch for $5,000 and prizes at the Make It in Brooklyn + Brooklyn Education Innovation Network Pitch Contest on November 5th.
The five finalists (in no particular order)
- Ever hunted for an apartment and thought to yourself, there’s got to be a better way? Daniel Ahmadizadeh and Anyi Wang are trying to provide just that with Riley, a personal assistant for real estate via text message. Riley uses a combination of user input and big data to provide users with the most personalized listings, leading to increased conversion rates and lower vacancies for realtors and property owners.
- Speaking of a better way, while you may not have printed with a 3D printer yet, FLEKS3D founders Peter Ragonetti and Viktor Jondal are thinking about how to improve that process as well. More specifically, FLEKS3D makes a printing plate that allows the object to pop right off when the plate is flexed, creating an easier and smoother printing experience.
- In Room Salon by Gloss and Glam founders Nikki Robinson and Jeremy Linder, partners with luxury hotels to provide on-demand hair and makeup services to guests as well as a booking platform that integrates with hotel management systems and uses algorithms and propriety technology to reduce the cost of labor by over 60%.
- East Side Energy Generators founders Dakota Marin, Samuel Lopez, and Joseph Bizarroque created their business to get New York City on hydro power by implementing turbines inside water pipes leading out of water tanks on top of residential buildings.
- And if you’re still regretting that tattoo you’re hiding from your parents, you’ll want to pay attention to Ephemeral. Founders Brennal Pierre, Vandan Shah, Seung Shin, Anthony Lam, and Joshua Sakhai believe tattoos should be a fluid representation of who we are at each stage of our lives, not permanent fixtures on our bodies. They are creating tattoo ink and a removal solution that will allow just that.
Impressing judges with simplicity
Each of these companies, all with a tie to one of Downtown Brooklyn’s eleven higher education institutions, will have two minutes to pitch and four to field questions from judges – no slides, no images, no video – just the entrepreneur(s) and their pitch.
The judging panel is made up of Nisha Dua of BBG Ventures, Syed Rivzi of JPMorgan Chase, and John Biggs of TechCrunch. Grand prize is $5,000 courtesy of JP Morgan Chase, plus a host of in-kind prizes from WeWork, Zipcar, and the NYU DUMBO Incubator. Robert Wu, Director of the St. Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship (another one of our sponsors), will play emcee for the evening.
Pitch contest details and tickets
Curious who will take home the bragging rights? Come watch the five finalists pitch on November 5th from 6-8pm at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $5 and get you Brooklyn Brewery beer, snacks, and networking with investors and fellow Brooklyn entrepreneurs.