Calling all Brooklyn makers (and tech bros who haven’t yet migrated to Silicon Valley): Make It In Brooklyn kicks off their first-ever Innovation Summit on June 25th, where 300 of the borough’s entrepreneurial thinkers will discuss what’s next in this longtime hub of creativity and manufacturing. As part of the summit, they’re holding a pitch contest, in which one lucky aspiring Steve Jobs will win $50,000 in seed funding to develop a genius idea.
The contest aims to support job growth in New York City by helping create and develop new businesses. The dollars will come from the Co-Chairs of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, MaryAnne Gilmartin and Bre Pettis.
Five finalists in two categories–Tech (think apps, software, platforms) and Maker (physical products in food, fashion, retail, and other industries)–will be chosen by John Biggs of TechCrunch. Each will be given two minutes to take the stage and pitch their ideas to five very successful entrepreneur judges from the likes of F Cube, Tanooki Labs, and Makerbot, then four minutes to field questions. If you want to practice pitching, watch this scene from HBO’s Silicon Valley and see how many times you can say “disrupt” in one sentence.
Apply here (quickly! Deadline is June 5th).