Business & Career Library

PowerUP! Competition

New! In addition to BPL's 12th annual PowerUP! competition, there is now a business plan competition for Kreyol speakers.  Find out how you can participate in PowerUP! KREYOL
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CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS – Be Part of Brooklyn Public Library's Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.

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NEW Orientations Added By Demand! Don't miss this opportunity to participate. See dates below to register to attend. 

Turn your business idea into a reality with help from the Library and you may win $15,000 in start up capital. Entrepreneurs throughout Brooklyn are eligible to participate in Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.  All contestants have access to free resources and services to help them write a business plan.  View our slideshow to see how the PowerUP! competition rewards the ingenuity and determination of ALL participants. Everyone is a Winner!

Participants attend classes at the Library on creating business plans, marketing, financial projections, and doing research with Library resources. They are also connected to business counselors in the community.

Citi Foundation as the sole sponsor of PowerUP!, is committed to making Brooklyn a great place to live and work by supporting local entrepreneurship through the business plan competition. 

2014 PowerUP!  Winners Announced

1st Place Award - $15,000
Vander Carter, JestGreen
Street vendor serving locally sourced Greenery and Juices

2nd Place Award - $5000
Shaun Jaffier, Droplet
Mobile app using sound embedded images to share memorable moments

Mina Marsow, Prospect Gymnastics
Children's gymnastics facility

Merit Award - $750
Heather Green & Sathya Balakumar, Lakum
A wedding atelier featuring a "Suite of Looks" for the bride's fashion needs

David Klein & David Grupper, Point Made Animation
Animation slides created within PowerPoint

Jesse Strauss,
Online service for freelancers to collect unpaid invoices

Honorable Mention Award - $500
Lisa Fu, Joyful Hearts Historically inspired tea and coffee gifts for the special occasion industry

Kenneth Liew, Beat Farm A mobile app that alters sound using body movements

Sarah Metz, Weigh Station A bin & barrel grocery store

Tariqua Nehisi, Takika Nails Customized nail appliques for the collegiate sports market


Over the past ten years the competition has fostered the development of a host of new businesses. You may view the list of past winners and read more about them. Join the competition, and you may be on the list next year!

Who Can Enter?

If you live in Brooklyn and want to start a business in Brooklyn, you are eligible. "PowerUP!" is a competition to help applicants start a business. Additional details, including the competition rules and the application process will be supplied at each orientation session.

What Are the Prizes?

First Place - $15,000
Two Second Place prizes - $5,000
Three Merit Awards - $750
Three Honorable Mention - $500

How Can I apply?

You must attend an Orientation Session. Application details will be provided at orientation sessions. Register online by scrolling through the calendar to the date of your choice. 

TWO NEW Orientations added for 2015 PowerUP!

Business & Career Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West

Thursday, April 23 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 25 9:00 – 10:30 am







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PowerUP! is brought to you by the Brooklyn Public Library's Business Library Success Council and Citi Foundation.

Citi Foundation is the Lead Sponsor of the PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.