Vote for the Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Awards
Who’s the best of Brooklyn?
November 18, 2019
It’s that time of the year again: awards season. This year, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership has expanded the annual Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Awards, and we want to hear from you on who should win.
The categories this year: The MaryAnne Gilmartin Startup of the Year; Rookie of the Year; Tech for Good; and Invention of the Year. The winning companies will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as the respect of their peers in the Brooklyn tech world. Check out 2018 winners here.
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership invites you to VOTE HERE. Polls close on Tuesday, December 3rd, and we will be presenting the awards to the winning companies at a special ceremony in early December.
Maryann Gilmartin Startup of the Year Award:
- Pico – The business of journalism is broken. Pico aims to help the fourth estate make money off their product. Backed by Stripe, the startup raised $4.5 million this year.
- TWOSENSE.AI – Working on one of the most pressing issues in technology, cybersecurity, TWOSENSE.AI takes a radical approach to passwords: biometric authentication.
- Sesame – Another intractable problem in society, affordable healthcare, is what Sesame works on. The idea of matching up open availability at medical providers with deep discounts for patients in need, the company raised a whopping $23.6 million this year.
- goTenna – A stalwart of the Brooklyn tech world, goTenna raised $24 million this year to grow the business of distributed communications, and debuted the Lot49 protocol, for an expanded decentralized network.
Rookie of the Year (for startups less than two years old and with fewer than 10 workers)
- Dollaride –This Urban Future Lab startup focuses on making the dollar van experience prevalent in West Indian neighborhoods in Brooklyn better and more efficient for riders and drivers.
- CoverUS – Working in one of the hottest areas of healthtech innovation, New Lab-based CoverUS works to help people with chronic health problems use the power of their data to save money on healthcare.
- Hubbster – Hubbster brings some play to the startup world. The Urban-X company sets up rentable games in public plazas.
- Urbnder –Urbnder leases roof space to install solar panels, generating revenue and increasing the amount of clean energy in the grid.
Tech for Good (for organizations and companies using tech in service to society )
- NPower – This programming apprentice program serves Brooklynites without college degrees and military veterans to learn skills demanded in the workforce.
- The Recurse Center - A coding retreat in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, the Recurse Center offers people from around the country a space to become better programmers and access to its network of software companies.
- Propel – Downtown Brooklyn-based Propel created the app, FreshEBT, that helps its users manage their food stamp benefits. It’s drawn the eye, and money, of celebrities including Serena Williams, Nas, and Kevin Durant.
- Maycomb Capital/The Community Outcomes Fund – This female-founded Downtown Brooklyn based venture capital firm focuses its investments on companies working to solve issues facing low-income people.
Invention of the Year
- CLIP by CLIP Bike – The winner of our Future of Transportation pitch contest, CLIP Bike has created a modular motor that can be attached to regular bicycles, turning them into e-bikes.
- Sunthetics Reactor by Sunthetics – A team of NYU Tandon engineers and recent grads, Sunthetics has built an electric reactor to produce nylon in a more eco-friendly way.
- GrowSquares – GrowSquares created modular vegetables gardens with soil optimized chemically and biologically to grow great vegetables. On top of that, it’s built an app to analyze and recommend care for the gardens.
- DairyX by FoodFul – The winner of our Future of Farming pitch contest, Foodful’s DairyX sensors obtain health information on dairy cows to help dairy farmers keep their animals healthier and more productive.