‘Make It in Brooklyn’ summit to discuss borough’s growth

Will Bring Together 300 of Borough’s Leading Innovators

June 11, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The inaugural Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit  —  an event that will explore the borough’s development  —  will be held on June 25 at locations throughout the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership recently announced. 

The summit will bring together 300 of Brooklyn’s leading innovators makers, builders and entrepreneurs to explore how Brooklyn can continue its ascent as an international center for commerce and culture. Most of the events will take place at the Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Pl.

Discussion topics will include real estate, the arts, tech innovation, restaurant management and the future of manufacturing in the borough. The event will culminate with a pitch contest, where Brooklyn startups will pitch their best ideas to a panel of industry leaders with $50,000 in seed funding on the line.

The summit will begin with a real estate breakfast, to be held nearby at the BAM Lepercq Space, 30 Lafayette St.  At 10 a.m., participants will move to the Polonsky Center, and Alicia Glen, New York City deputy mayor for housing and economic development, will deliver the opening remarks.

The first panel, at 10:15 a.m., will be “First Brooklyn, Then the World,” moderated by Carlo Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

It will be followed at 11:05 a.m. by a conversation, “The (Real Estate) Kings of Kings County. Participants will include MaryAnne Gilmartin of Forest City Ratner, Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner, David Walentas of Two Trees Management and Jed Walentas of Two Trees Management.

After  “show and tell” presented by the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 11:55 a.m. and lunch soon afterward, the summit will reconvene at 1:15 p.m. with a panel on “Manufacturing in Brooklyn,” moderated by Charlie Herman of WNYC.

Another show and tell, presented by City Realties, will take place at 2:05 p.m., followed at 2:15 p.m. by a panel on “Making a Place for the Arts,” moderated by Deborah Solomon  of WNYC.

A show and tell presented by JPMorgan Chase follows at 3:05 p.m., and the final panel, “Disasters in Restaurant Management,” will begin at 3:15 p.m. It will be moderated by Helen Hollyman of VICE.

The day will be rounded out by a cocktail hour at 4 p.m., and a pitch contest, to be held at Superfine, 126 Front St., at 6 p.m.

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