Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

Steve Jobs
What happens when you have a booming college town located in the heart of New York City’s third largest business district – and one of its strongest hubs for technology and innovation? The opportunities are endless. The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (BE.IN) works tirelessly to create connections and cooperation among member institutions, students, and Brooklyn businesses.

The Mission of BE.IN

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. Find out more about Brooklyn’s College Town.

BE.IN Member Institutions

The Brooklyn Education Innovation Network is currently made up of 10 member institutions:

BE.IN Board of Directors

BE.IN’s Board of Directors is made up of the presidents of each of our member institutions:


Ryan McAllister, Director of Operations

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Ryan holds a B.A. in Journalism & Communications from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and proceeded to obtain an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. Education and access to quality learning has always been a value for Ryan, and these ideals guided his work at Rider University, Stony Brook University, and Columbia University. Ryan joined BE.IN in February 2016, working across the organization on events, education and leadership programs, staff supervision, administrative functions, and supporting fundraising efforts. When he is not providing valuable opportunities to the students of Brooklyn, Ryan enjoys movies, anything and everything food-related, and exploring all that NYC has to offer.

Giorgi Adamashvili, Career Development Assistant


Giorgi, originally from Tbilisi, Georgia is the Operations & Marketing Assistant at BE.IN where his main responsibility is connecting students and Brooklyn’s finest minds to local industries. He is currently enrolled at Baruch College, majoring in International Business after graduating with his Associates degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough Community College. Giorgi came on board in September 2015 while completing his one-year long internship with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. His passions are playing soccer and exploring the tech startup world. Giorgi characterizes himself as a go-getter and challenging opportunity seeker.

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