How to win $5K for your Downtown Brooklyn startup
Want to have something in common with the best entrepreneurs in the world? Then prepare to get very, very good at the art of the pitch.
Pitching investors for startup capital is something that unites all entrepreneurs, and while the experience can be both terrifying and exciting, it is necessary in order to scale your business.
In order to get your pitch up to snuff, all you can do is keep practicing – then practice some more.
Here’s a chance to do just that, and win cash for your startup, too! Make It In Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) are putting on the first in a series of pitch contests for Downtown Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs in the run up to our second annual Make It In Brooklyn Innovation Summit in Spring 2016. If you are affiliated with any of the area’s higher education institutions - as a student, alumni or a professor – you can apply.
The pitch contests are sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, which recently contributed $50,000 toward supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Downtown Brooklyn. The St Francis College Center for Entrepreneurship has also partnered with the Make It In Brooklyn pitch contest series in support of Brooklyn entrepreneurs.
Here’s what you can win (the fun part)
The grand prize is $5,000 cash from JPMorgan Chase, and we’ve put together additional prizes to round out the entrepreneur’s toolkit.
WeWork is providing an Unlimited Commons Membership (a $350 value) because they feel that, “much more than a simple co-working space, WeWork is a platform for creators, offering collaborative workspaces to members (including this beautiful location right in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle) and services, events and technology, so entrepreneurs can focus on making a life, not just a living.”
As a once-small startup that helped pioneer the sharing economy, Zipcar has partnered with the Make It In Brooklyn Pitch Contest with a Zipcar for Business membership and free driving credit (a $185 value) because they know “first-hand that supporting and cultivating startups can have a profound effect on our global economy.”
NYU is contributing access for one month to the School of Engineering DUMBO Incubator, providing one entrepreneur with guidance, expertise, and resources, along with the opportunity to work alongside several of the area’s hardware and digital media companies.
Here’s how to apply (the easy part)
The application process is quick and painless.
First, fill out this form by Sunday, October 18th, 2015.
Then, John Biggs, the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch, will choose five finalists to pitch at our November 5th contest at held Hill Country Barbecue Market.
At the pitch contest, each finalist gets two minutes to pitch and four minutes to field questions from a panel of judges from JPMorgan Chase, BBG Ventures, and TechCrunch.
Here’s how to win (the harder part)
To win, you have to perfect your pitch. And to help you stand out from the crowd, we’re collecting and sharing articles, quotes, and advice from Downtown Brooklyn’s own entrepreneurship/business professors so you can learn along with us.
Stay tuned to the #makeitinbk hashtag across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and follow @makeitinbk, @downtownbklyn, @bein_bk on Twitter, DowntownBrooklyn on Facebook, and DowntownBrooklyn on Instagram.
Not pitching but want to attend the contest? Buy your $5 ticket here. Admission includes free Brooklyn Brewery beer and snacks.
Click here for more details about the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network.
For questions about the pitch contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.