Pitch Your Business Idea for Big Bucks at the Entrepreneurs Summit - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Every entrepreneur dreams of the day when they will have the opportunity to meet a millionaire in an elevator and pitch their business idea to them for cash. Well people, you no longer have to dream. If you have a business idea for a product or service that will change the game and are looking for funding, the 23rd Annual Entrepreneurs Summit is where you want to be from June 6–9, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is your chance to pitch your next level idea for $10,000!

Level Up

Leveling up doesn’t come by playing it small. Sometimes you literally have to walk around a convention center with the props for your business before you stand center stage to participate in a pitch competition. Aside from leveling up, you’ll be able to expand your network. Who you know is important. And, if you’re not in the room, you can’t expand your reach.

If you want to take the stage for an opportunity to level up and pitch for dollars, here’s how you can apply:

Record your pitch in two minutes or less, then upload the video to YouTube include “2018 Black Enterprise – Elevator Pitch (your business name)” in the title. In your pitch, be sure to answer the following questions:

• What problem does your business solve?
• What are you selling, and who are you selling to?
• How much are you selling it for?
• What are your current and projected sales revenues?

Once you’ve published your video to YouTube, email (beevents@blackenterprise.com) a link to your video submission. In the subject line, include: 2018 Black Enterprise – Level Up! Pitching for Dollars Competition. In the email, please include your name, email, and phone number. Please note, video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube, with the corresponding link sent to the email address listed above, by the entry deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. EDT.

What to Know While You Wait

Every year we receive hundreds of submissions for the competition. Ten semi-finalists will be selected and offered free admission to the Entrepreneurs Summit to make a 60-second live pitch in front of a panel of judges. From there, the top four finalists will compete for $10,000.

This year, our goal is for entrepreneurs to elevate their businesses and the pitch competition will help them do just that! For more information about the competition, click here.

Check out this video submission to help you get an idea of what makes for a winning pitch.

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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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