Vote for the Nominees in the 2020 Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Awards
Who’s the best of Brooklyn?
December 18, 2020
For 2020, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is taking the annual Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Awards entirely online, and we put it out to public vote to decide who should win.
The categories this year: Female-Founded Startup of the Year; Con Edison Energy Innovator of the Year; and Tech for Good: COVID-19 Response. The winning nominees will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as the respect of their peers in the Brooklyn tech world. Check out 2019 winners here.
Polls closed on Thursday, December 31st, and winners will be announced in early January.
Female-Founded Startup of the Year:
Sunthetics - Accelerates sustainable innovation in the chemical industry by using machine learning to fast-track the development and market adoption of alternatives to widely-used chemicals. The startup was accepted to The Heritage Group x Techstars accelerator in September 2020.
thelighthouse - A personalized career growth platform that empowers professionals to navigate their ever-changing careers and the fast changing world of work.
We Are Fluide – A mission-driven beauty startup that creates vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free cosmetics for all skin shades and gender expressions.
Cognitive ToyBox – This Blue Ridge Labs alum helps children with school readiness and assesses progress with gamified lessons. The startup released free resources to support remote learning earlier this year.
Con Edison Energy Innovator of the Year:
Urban Energy – Triple-bottom-line startup Urban Energy is accelerating community solar adoption for NYC’s older multifamily buildings with solar canopies, financing, and battery storage solutions specific to this building class.
Scanifly – Scanifly’s drone-based platform uses 3D modeling and AI to automate management, operations, and monitoring for solar energy projects.
Wavelength Lighting – LED lighting startup Wavelength works across the tri-state area on energy-efficient lighting projects, including a retrofit of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
BlocPower – BlocPower is an energy technology startup that aims to rapidly “green up” American cities with proprietary software for analysis, leasing, project management, and more.
Tech for Good - COVID-19 Response:
Makelab – 3D printing startup Makelab is known for helping its customers create, iterate, and quickly prototype their ideas. This past spring, the company produced hundreds of face shields, face masks, and ventilator parts to support pandemic response.
The NYU COVID-19 Task Force - The NYU COVID-19 Task Force mobilizes NYU’s expertise, talent, and resources to develop rapid-response solutions to critical issues facing our healthcare system. Over the past year, the coalition developed a face shield prototype, engineered and printed respirator clips, and designed additional tools to support medical professionals.
Edquity - Edquity helps to narrow equity gaps and facilite social mobility with a digital platform to distribute emergency financial aid and resources to college students in need. The quickly-growing team launched the COVID College Support digital guide this spring to help students navigate financial emergencies during the pandemic.
Opentrons – Biotech startup Opentrons designs and builds affordable, open-source lab robots for biologists. The company has deployed over 500 of its OT-2 robot to COVID testing lines in hospitals and labs throughout the US and Europe, and currently runs NYC’s largest COVID testing lab, the Pandemic Response Lab NYC, which processes over 10,000 COVID tests every day for NYC hospitals.