Brooklyn Start-Ups Get a Boost

First place winner Vander Carter (Photo by Gregg Richards via Brooklyn brief)

First place winner Vander Carter (Photo by Gregg Richards via Brooklyn brief)

A new street food vendor, a gymnastics school and a mobile app developer were among the recipients of the most recent PowerUP! small business grants offered by the Brooklyn Public Library to Brooklyn-based start-ups, reports Matthew Taub in Brooklyn brief.

The competition has helped launch more than 50 Brooklyn-based startups in the past 10 years.

“The Brooklyn start-up community regularly showcases its aptitude for innovation and creativity,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library. “In our 11th year of hosting PowerUP!, BPL is once again thrilled to provide aspiring business owners with the mentorship and resources to positively impact the borough.”

The BPL helps small businesses by offering services, information and resources to support innovation and business development.

This year, 519 teams with more than 650 individuals participated and submitted a combined total of 91 business plans, competing for the first place cash prize of $15,000. Funding was provided by the Citi Foundation, a charitable arm of Citigroup.

Organizers of the competition said that this year every zip code in the borough was represented, and that 26 percent were immigrants or were born in a different country and more than two-thirds were women.

Go to Brooklyn brief to read more about the competition, and to learn what is sold by first place winner Vander Carter’s business JestGreen.

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