NEW YORK, New York — The New York Knicks and Squarespace, the leading all-in-one website building platform, today announced the kickoff of the third annual “Make It Awards,” a program that provides select tri-state area entrepreneurs with the funds, exposure and guidance they need to take their businesses to the next level. Each of the winning businesses, four in total, will be provided with a $30,000 grant, use of select Squarespace marketing inventory at Madison Square Garden, a feature segment on MSG Networks and one-on-one mentorship from a member of the esteemed panel of judges.
To apply for the award, applicants must share details on their business; their inspiration for becoming an entrepreneur; how their business can support their community; and a plan for how they would use the funds. Starting today and through December 6, 2019 , participants will have the opportunity to apply for this initiative on www.makeitawards.com. The judging panel this year will consist of New York Knicks player Reggie Bullock, photographer Emily Soto, entrepreneur and creative director Brandon Bryant, clothing designer and creative consultant Jerome Lamaar, and owners of NYC restaurants Mimi Cheng’s Hannah and Marian Cheng. Additionally, Squarespace Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena will return as a judge for a third year.
Through their partnership, The Madison Square Garden Company and Squarespace continue to display a shared passion for the hustle and grit that personifies New York City, highlighting their dedication to the city’s local businesses. Over the past two years, the “Make It Awards” gifted $240,000 to deserving entrepreneurs, and the continued renewal of the program showcases the commitment both organizations have to giving back to New York and making a difference in the community.
The four winners will be notified in early 2020, and each business will be recognized on the court at a Knicks game at MSG in January. Along with the $30,000 grant, all winners will have the opportunity to promote their company on the MSG Networks digital boards on 7th Avenue , which offer exposure to the more than 1 million people who walk by The Garden each day. The $30,000 grant is inspired by the loan Squarespace Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena received from his parents to launch the company.
Previous “Make It Awards” winners include Open Style Lab , based in Great Neck, NY, Just Soul Catering , based in Queens, NY as well as Farm.One and The Financial Gym , both based in New York, NY.