To highlight the robust local startup scene and at the same time, provide great amenities for the neighborhood, the DUMBO Improvement District created DUMBO Test Kitchen, a micro grant program that give startups seed funding to test their innovations for the good of the community. Made possible with support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, DUMBO Test Kitchen projects have included:Big Idea Week with Flocabulary (a week-long entrepreneurship program for 4th - 8th graders),  DUMBO Fire Pit with BioLite (an outdoor fire pit that powered our Christmas tree), DUMBO Fitness Loop with Hush (an outdoor fitness circuit - coming soon), DUMBO Viewfinder and StreetCharge with Pensa (solar powered umbrella cell phone chargers). Got a great idea? We have an ongoing RFP for new Test Kitchen projects that you can access here.