Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN)


About Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN)

The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) serves as a local talent pipeline connecting students to industry and community through internships, jobs, events, and programming. Founded in 2014 by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from the City of New York, BE.IN’s mission is to foster cooperation among member institutions to broaden and enrich academic programs, encourage economies of scale through shared services, expand and encourage community service activities, and fuel economic growth by being a magnet to draw the best students and faculty to study, explore, live, intern, and work in Brooklyn.

BE.IN also works to create a sense of community among the over 11,000 faculty and staff of our ten member organizations, connect the area’s 66,000 college students to internships and jobs, and help local businesses source the best talent to fill internship and graduate spots right in their own backyard – Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network is currently made up of 10 member institutions:

  • Berkeley College
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Empire State College (SUNY)
  • LIU Brooklyn
  • Medgar Evers College (CUNY)
  • New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
  • New York University
  • Pratt Institute
  • St. Francis College
  • St. Joseph’s College

BE.IN is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of college, university, and law school presidents. The day to day operations is managed by the executive director with the guidance of fourteen working committees and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Additionally, BE.IN is in the process of developing an external advisory committee led by Robert Walsh, former NYC Small Business Services Commissioner. The external committee will provide real-time feedback to BE.IN member institutions in order to influence curriculum development and career preparation.

BE.IN’s Success

Over the past year, BE.IN has contributed to the workforce development needs of Downtown Brooklyn’s innovation firms in multi-faceted ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Worked with more than 230 innovation firms to recruit, vet, and placed students and alumni in jobs and internships.
  • Provided member institutions with more than 6,000 job and internship opportunities available in NYC through our job board posting, outreach, and direct contact with firms.
  • Connected innovation firms that are in need of talent to Downtown Brooklyn colleges and universities through meet-ups, e-communication, and resume gathering.
  • Conservatively matched more than 1,000 students to jobs and internships.
  • Management and oversight of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program (BTTIP), in collaboration with the New York City College of Technology and NYC Tech Talent Pipeline.
  • Developed an internship template for small businesses and start-ups that BE.IN would coordinate and manage.
  • Researched and disseminated available jobs and internships in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.

Bridging the gap between Downtown Brooklyn’s innovation start-up firms and higher education institutions has been a priority for BE.IN. A vital piece of BE.IN’s mission is to advocate on behalf of innovation firms to further develop and enhance BE.IN student’s skills and capabilities to meet the needs of NYC’s growing innovation economy. This development includes recommended changes to curriculum based on employer feedback and increased professional development opportunities for students. In regards to professional development of Downtown Brooklyn college students, BE. IN currently executes, or is in the process of executing numerous programs and events, including:

  • BE.INnovative Symposium, a week long entrepreneurship summit focused on connecting the creative, academic, and local industry communities with co-led faculty and industry panels, open office tours, and a mentorship hackathon that seeks to address major local issues.
  • BE.INnovative Meet-ups that connect faculty, staff, and students to innovation firms for career and intern exploration.
  • BE.INnovative Leaders, which provides students with leadership workshops, opportunities to meet elected and public officials, and to attend special events and programs.
  • BE.INnovative Professional Development Workshop Series based on industry specific feedback.
  • BE.INnovative community service events and programs to increase student engagement in Brooklyn.
  • BE.INnovative Boot Camps focused on entrepreneurship, creativity, and basic coding.
  • BE.INnovative Fellowship Program to educate students about entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity and its intersection with traditional academic disciplines and industries.
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Brooklyn

Campus Full time 6 weeks October 2017 USA East New York

Brooklyn is a center of innovation. Spend six weeks in Brooklyn learning about innovation and entrepreneurship with the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) and some of the most innovative startups firms in the United States. [+]

Program Description: Brooklyn is a center of innovation. Spend six weeks in Brooklyn learning about innovation and entrepreneurship with the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) and some of the most innovative startups firms in the United States. Brooklyn innovators believe that innovation does not happen in a vacuum; it is the result of engaged minds from different backgrounds working together to find creative solutions. With more than 1,500 startups in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, Brooklyn is the destination for new and growing companies. Learn from top lecturers at BE.IN member universities, hear from leading entrepreneurs throughout New York City about how they got started, visit successful companies that have grown from a small staff to a large enterprise, and spend six weeks shadowing companies and learning their day-to-day operations. The program will consist of lectures, workshops, visits to top companies, and cultural excursion to learn more about Brooklyn and New York City’s vast history. Program Goals Learn about New York City’s entrepreneurial and innovation economy Tour small and large companies and hear from executives about how they got started Hear from leading faculty from BE.IN member institutions about what it takes to start a new company, how to get funding, and other nuisances of being an entrepreneur Engage with current student interns and employees who work for startup companies Network with professionals in finance, education, business, technology, and social entrepreneurship to build your global community that can be a resource to you Visit major universities, colleges, and a law school to learn about U.S. higher education and the innovation that takes place at these institutions Structure of the Program Every day you will discover what entrepreneurship and innovation is through different lenses. After the first week of the program participants will be paired with companies to shadow and learn about what it takes be an entrepreneur. A sample of the program focus is below: Sample Weekly Schedule - Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture Excursion Excursion 12:00 p.m. Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch 1:00 p.m. *Visit to Google or shadow company Free time *Visit to NYC Public Library or shadow company Free time *Visit to Brooklyn Navy Yard or shadow company Free time Free time 6:00 p.m. Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner 8:00 p.m. Meeting with students from NYU Meeting with employees who work at startups Broadway Show Meeting with students + faculty Movie Night in NYC Free time Free time *After the first week you will be matched with a company to shadow and learn from. Duration Brooklyn’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program will last for six weeks during the fall. The program begins on October 3, 2016 and concludes on November 14, 2016. Program Curators Dr. Duleep Deosthale Co-Founder, AdmissionTable More than 20 years of international education experience. World traveler, multi- lingual, sports fan, enjoys developing students into future educational leaders. Dr. Eddie Summers Executive Director, Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN). More than 10 years of higher education experience. Started BE.IN and has a history of starting new projects and spinning them off. A true education entrepreneur. Mr. Ryan McAllister Director of Operations, Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN). Student Affairs expert. Mr. McAllister has spent his career working in student affairs focusing on leadership, academic advising, and student life issues. He is a leader in the innovation economy, working at Columbia University with student groups that work with startups. About Brooklyn’s College Town Downtown Brooklyn is Brooklyn’s College Town. 60,000+ students. 11,000 faculty and staff. 10 BE.IN Colleges and Universities. Downtown Brooklyn is the fastest growing downtown in America, the third largest business district in New York City, and sits within the Brooklyn Tech Triangle – the City’s largest hub for tech and innovation outside of Manhattan. About the Brooklyn Tech Triangle The Brooklyn Tech Triangle is made up of Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. These three neighborhoods combine to become a magnet for creativity, culture and innovation in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Tech Triangle has become a magnet for the world’s pioneering, energetic, and creative entrepreneurs and has emerged as the City’s largest cluster of tech activity outside of Manhattan, with nearly 10% of the sector calling this area home in 2013. A recent study indicated that the Brooklyn Tech Triangle innovation economy and Brooklyn are both hotter than ever. The number of innovation firms in the area now exceeds a 2013 projection and is now home to more than 1,350 innovation companies – 22% more than three years ago. In the last two years, companies like Etsy, Huge, MakerBot, Crye Precision, and Steiner Studios have grown significantly. The Tech Triangle has also attracted many new and expanding companies – startups like goTenna, Honeybee Robotics, and Sartorous; and companies from the West Coast and other countries like SolarCity, Lemon Squeeze, and Breather are looking to have a major New York presence. FAQs Brooklyn is a center of innovation. Spend six weeks in Brooklyn learning about innovation and entrepreneurship with the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) and some of the most innovative startups firms in the United States. Program Deadline: August 15, 2016 Fees and Price: $6,000 includes accommodation, cost of the program, select meals and excursions. Program Type and Duration: Short-term academic program focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Study Place: Brooklyn, New York - The Center of Innovation! Funding: At this time funding is not available. How to Apply: Please use the contact form on this page Language: English [-]