Adweek (@adweek) has a produced a great writeup on the new and fast-growing Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp (launched by Brooklyn entrepreneurs Cameron Koczon, 30, who is the founder of Brooklyn Beta Conference and Silicon Valley‘s Craig Shapiro, 35, who just recently met).
As money continues to pour into the New York tech seen we can expect incubator models like Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp to continue to mushroom. The ambitious program is described by Adweek as:
…a program for tech entrepreneurs crossed with angel investors searching for the next big thing. The teams in the inaugural session varied greatly, ranging from a practical B2B marketplace for fashion manufacturing called Maker’s Row to a video-making mobile app/website dubbed Sticker FM. Through the 12 weeks, they would venture into Manhattan, Queens and various Brooklyn neighborhoods for evening meetings to critique each other’s work. The end goal: two days of demos before an audience of New York’s biggest tech players. Their mission would be to collect the handshakes, business cards and requests for meetings with VC players to obtain funding to keep going after burning through the $25,000 in seed money.
The article delves into the back-story behind the launch of the incubator, profiles each startup and, of course, gives us a play-by-play of the progression of each startup throughout the 12-week process. Did the program meet the expectations of the venture capitalists? Did the entrepreneurs meet the expectations of… everyone? Here are the expectations of Brooklyn Beta co-founder Chris Shiflett:
“The Internet is the opportunity of our generation, and we’ve barely begun to tap its potential. One of the goals of Brooklyn Beta is to remind you of this. This room is full of some of the best web developers, designers, and entrepreneurs we have, but being the best is not good enough. We’re not living up to our potential, and I want us to feel guilty. I want us to feel the burden of our responsibility.”
You can read the entire Adweek post HERE.
- Get funded! An idiot’s guide to angel investment (venturebeat.com)
- Brooklyn Beta/Summer Camp (swiss-miss.com)
- A Night with IncubateNYC Entrepreneurs at Google’s NY Office (xconomy.com)
- AngelList now powering applications for incubators like TechStars Boston, AngelPad (pandodaily.com)
- Lessons from Brooklyn Beta (swiss-miss.com)