How to Get Ready for BE's Elevator Pitch Competition
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

We are just weeks away from bringing BE to the QC for the Entrepreneurs Summit and our highly anticipated elevator pitch competition, Level Up! Pitching for Dollars is going to be bigger and better than ever. Every year, four lucky business owners and entrepreneurs take the stage to pitch their business idea for ten grand. But this time around, we’re switching it up!

This year, throughout the course of the event and during the hustle and bustle of the BizHub, attendees who want to perfect their pitching skills will have the opportunity to participate in our first-ever Pop-Up Pitch competition. Yes, you read that correctly! So, if you ever thought or dreamed about pitching in a Black Enterprise pitch competition, here is your chance!

There will be several opportunities for eventgoers to be selected to pitch on the spot for the Pop-Up Pitch. Out of all of the contestants who participate, three finalists will be selected and they will get to take center stage during the elevator pitch competition.

Are you down? If so, here’s what you need to know as you get ready:

  • The first Pop-Up Pitch will take place Wednesday, June 6, during the Speed Networking session. A total of three attendees will be chosen to pitch for one minute. And the entrepreneur with the best pitch will be invited to pitch again for a grand prize on Friday.
  • The second and third rounds of Pop-Up Pitches will take place during lunch on Thursday, June 7. During that time, six attendees will be randomly chosen to make their business pitch. And, one finalist from both the second and third rounds will be selected to compete on Friday, June 8, for the grand prize.
  • On Friday, June 8, in the BizHub, Pop-Up Pitch finalists will receive exclusive coaching from our very own business and social entrepreneurship expert and SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large, Alfred A. Edmond Jr. Talk about a priceless experience! The coaching session will help entrepreneurs craft their pitch before they take center stage.
  • During the deliberation period for the Level Up! Pitching for Dollars competition, Pop-Up Pitch finalists will pitch for the grand-prize (to be announced at the Summit!) and the winner will be selected by popular vote and be named the “Summit’s Choice.”

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to pitch on the spot, come ready! Get your tickets for the Entrepreneurs Summit today before the rates increase on Friday, May 11, 2018.

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Lydia Blanco

Lydia T. Blanco is a proud Afro-Latinx digital-first multimedia journalist with a strong passion for truthful storytelling, photography and content strategy. Blanco is a 2016 graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and proud alumna of Bennett College for Women. At Columbia, her coursework included media management, tactical technology reporting, mobile video storytelling, digital content strategy, photojournalism and feature writing. She covered the ethnic beat of the Senegalese community in Harlem concentrating on business and religion. Her thesis is a 5,000-word A.P Style report exploring faith, justice and activism through a Harlem church. She received one of two honors awards in the Ethics of Journalism class with Dean Steve Coll. Blanco has experience in telling stories about social justice, health and wellness and technology with an emphasis in social impact. Her three years of experience in non-profit media have helped to shape her voracious storytelling as well as her digital and social media marketing skills.


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