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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.