Will you make it in Brooklyn?
With all the talk these days about Brooklyn as a global brand, and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle providing the key spark that is driving the growth of the innovation economy in our borough and transforming our business district in Downtown Brooklyn, what better time to explore what it means to “make it in Brooklyn”?
“Making it in Brooklyn captures the spirit of the borough’s economy now in both a physical way – starting a business or creating a product, for instance,” said Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “In a more metaphysical sense, it conveys the pride and accomplishment of succeeding in a uniquely Brooklyn manner. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
To showcase this entrepreneurial ethos and to strengthen our business community, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership will convene the first-ever Make It in Brooklyn 2015 Innovation Summit on June 25, featuring panel discussions on the maker economy, inventor “show and tells,” a pitch contest where teams will compete for $50,000 in seed funding, and a real estate “speed dating” breakfast.
Dozens of Brooklyn business leaders have already signed on to participate, including all of those featured in our new preview film below.
The main summit will be held at Theatre for a New Audience | Polonsky Shakespeare Center in the Brooklyn Cultural District and is made possible through support from Delta Air Lines, Airbnb, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, JP Morgan Chase, CityRealty, DUMBO Heights, Woods Bagot, 1Hotels, Brooklyn Panorama, WNYC, Brooklyn Independent Media, and McKinsey & Company.
“Every day, thousands of Airbnb hosts in Brooklyn open their homes, welcome visitors and use the money they earn to help drive the innovation economy here,” said Wrede Petersmeyer, General Manager of Airbnb New York. “The Make It in Brooklyn summit celebrates and sparks this borough’s one-of-a-kind approach to entrepreneurship and the Airbnb community is proud to support that growth.”
“Innovation, Invention, and Entrepreneurship, the keystones to an education at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, are the skills needed to ‘Make it in Brooklyn,’” said Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, Executive Vice Provost for Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of NYU-Poly. “We are pleased to partner with our fellow downtown institutions to provide the next generation of thinkers and workers to continue to push the innovation economy and support Brooklyn in its renaissance.”
“There are few places that offer the diversity and excitement that have become synonymous with Brooklyn,” said Daniel Levy, President and CEO of CityRealty. ”Whether in tech, music or other creative fields, one can feel the cultural center of NYC shifting across the East River toward Brooklyn. We are excited to see this evolution continue, making the entire region more interesting and diverse.”
Tickets for the summit are on sale now. Click here to view the full agenda and purchase today.