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

All applicants must attend one orientation. Details about applying will be supplied at the orientations.  Following is a list of orientation dates:

Business  & Career Library,
280 Cadman Plaza West
Wednesday, February 25:  6:00 - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 4:  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 14:  2:00 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 19:  9:00 - 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 25:  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 11: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Tuesday, March 10:  6:00 - 7:30 pm

Cypress Hills Library, 1197 Sutter Avenue
Tuesday, March 31:  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Central Library, Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Thursday, April 9:  6:30 - 8:00 pm


Over the past eleven 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 are 18 years of age or older, 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?

Applicants must attend one orientation. Details about applying will be supplied at the orientations. 

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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.