A group of Brooklyn entrepreneurs has joined forces to present the inaugural Made in Brooklyn Summit, a one-day forum designed to empower the borough’s makers and creatives with new ideas and perspectives from the worlds of business, technology, entertainment and social good this September.

The gathering at Downtown Brooklyn’s City Tech Academy Center will bring together Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs, business leaders, designers and artists in the varying fields of technology, manufacturing, the arts, music, food and media to connect, meet with potential investors, pitch ideas and learn from the summit’s speakers.

“The Made In Brooklyn Summit welcomes over 30 speakers who are Brooklyn’s most creative and innovative minds in advertising, business, visual arts, music, finance, tech, digital, culinary arts and publishing,” the summit’s organizers announced. “These individuals are setting trends and paving the way for continued economic growth within our community and beyond. They will participate in high-level presentations including panel discussions, master classes and keynote talks.”

Mandy Gutmann of BSE Global/ Brooklyn Nets. Photo credit: Made in Brooklyn Summit

Featured speakers and panelists include BSE Global/ Brooklyn Nets Vice President of Communications Mandy Gutmann; Shaun Stewart CEO of the multi-disciplinary tech center New Lab; Anastasia Cole Plakias, vice president and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm; acclaimed journalist and podcaster Touré; as well as chef and actress Santana Caress Benitez, among others. 

Speakers will discuss questions like “Doing Business In Brooklyn: Engaging Your Community” or “Goodbye Silicon Valley, Hello Brooklyn: How Brooklyn Is Changing America’s Start-Up Culture,” and present solutions and ideas in master classes such as “Doing Business In Brooklyn: Raising Finance, Finding Funding” and “Building Your Network: Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” 

Brooklyn start-ups, small business owners and artists will also have the opportunity to present their ideas and concepts during the Brooklyn Bounty pitch competition where they compete for bragging rights, cash prizes and introductions to venture capitalists, potential business partners and clients as well as fellow entrepreneurs.

“At this point, the cachet has switched from Manhattan to Brooklyn,” organizers stated. “New York City’s most populous borough is a booming business economy with many companies setting up headquarters, factories, offices and studios in the borough which is ripe for additional growth.”

The Made in Brooklyn Summit will take place on Tuesday, September 24, from 8:30am – 6:00pm, at City Tech Academic Center, 285 Jay Street. For more information and to register, go here

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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