Business & Career Center

PowerUP! Competition

New! In addition to BPL's 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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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.

2016 PowerUP!  Winners Announced

1st Place Award - $15,000
Kimberly Glanville & Ben Howort, The Human Root is a professional development, training, and consulting company dedicated to bridging cultural gaps between people. Their services will benefit schools, non-profit agencies, universities, and corporations.

2nd Place Award - $5000
Renee Edwards, Never Underestimate Simple (NUS) Beauty is a beauty and wellness lifestyle company that manufactures and sells natural vegan cosmetics for women of all colors.

Yunha Moh, Indo Curry brings healthy fast food to Crown Heights showcasing Indo-Caribbean, Asian, and Hawaiian influences in a mostly vegetarian menu.

Merit Award - $1000
Angela Azorer & David Dean, Everything Jiggy, an online shop selling modern and vintage  pre-owned  clothing for toddlers to pre-teens.

Jennifer Donlin & Alexis Winter, Rock, Paper, Scissors, an ecommerce business providing art kits for children using materials that are upcycled, found in nature or sourced from artisans.

Danielle Kwateng-Clark, The Volta, an online boutique selling apparel, accessories, and apothecary from designers of the African Diaspora.

Allison Shillingford, Navigate the Maze to Achievement, an educational program that prepares students of color for the NYC Specialized High School Admissions Test and supports them while they attend high school.

Margaret Spring, M.Spring Studio, where bold statement jewelry and inspired furniture hardware are created that  are elemental in nature and inspired in spirit.

Honorable Mention Award - $900 In-kind Services

Jill Belovin, Liz Bellovin, Beth Costello & Paul Weintrob, Smash Industries, combining art and light in their unique, customized Artisan Subway Series light fixture marketed primarily to the special event industry.

Mariano Henestrosa & Rheanna Abbot, Henestrosa Studio, bringing a new concept into the corporate gifting industry: custom-made branded paintings.

Jennifer Threat, Double Dutch Magazine, bringing today’s issues, in both print and digital formats, to Brooklyn’s girls of Generation Z.

Angela Virano, Lali Arts, providing high quality children’s arts and craft kits curated with a focus on exceptional concepts and useful end products.

Over the past thirteen 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 Award - $15,000
Two Second Place Awards - $5,000
Five Merit Awards - $1000

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.

2017 Orientation Dates

Central Library, Dweck Center,
10 Grand Army Plaza

Saturday, February 18
9:30 – 11:00 am

Wednesday, February 22
9:30– 11:00 am

Monday, February 27  CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 1
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Info Commons Lab
Saturday, March 11
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Monday, April 10
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street
Thursday, March 2          
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sunset Park Library, 5108 4th Avenue  
Wednesday, March 8 
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Avenue            
Thursday March 23
6:00 – 7:30 pm
New Utrecht Library, 1743 86th Street
Wednesday, March 29
6:00 – 7:30 pm









PowerUP! is brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center.