Across the country, colleges and universities are facing an existential crisis. How to offer students the best path to a bright future and prepare them for a 21st century job market increasingly focused on innovation and entrepreneurship?
Through our efforts at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to support the area's innovation ecosystem, we laid the groundwork, secured funding from the City of New York, and collaborated with the leaders of Downtown Brooklyn’s 11 higher education institutions to create the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) in 2014. This academic consortium is unique in that its chief focus is to build and strengthen relationships between its member institutions and local companies, connecting local students to jobs and internships at the hundreds of innovation firms in Brooklyn.
In addition, BE.IN works to foster collaboration among member institutions to achieve economies of scale, create a sense of community among over 11,000 faculty and staff, and help local businesses source the best talent to fill internship and graduate spots rights in their own backyard. Since its founding, BE.IN has helped connects hundreds of students to employment opportunities in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.
"Brooklyn's college students get a tool to help land internships," Brooklyn Ink, October 14, 2016.
"What's the BE.INnovative Symposium really about? The future of Brooklyn," Technical.ly, April 7, 2016.
"Colleges a boon to Downtown Brooklyn: report," Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2015.