AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
ARE YOU READY TO TRANSFORM YOUR IDEA
PITCH BLACK targets African American individuals, businesses and non-profits in need of start-up funding and mentoring to take their idea to new heights.
The goal is simple - create a launch pad that enables participants to expand their idea. We target early-stage projects, whether it is just an idea that exists only in theory or one that is fully operational.
11:00A - 6:00P
2301 CLOUD WAY
"What a magnificent event! The vibe was amazing, the room was packed with excitement for entrepreneurship and black and brown faces. Wow. You all should definitely give yourselves a hand. Thanks for the opportunity. "
— NATASHA HARPER-MADISON
2017 Pitch Participant
PREVIOUS MEDIA COVERAGE
Nine emerging Austin-area companies made the case for funding in a lively, well-attended "Shark Tank"-style competition Monday night at Galvanize Austin, an education and coworking space that opened downtown in March.
"Pitch Black ATX" drew more than 150 audience members who learned about companies offering everything from an assisted-learning tool that uses brainwaves to a fully mobile barber chair to a subscription-box service for big and tall men. It was organized by MVMT50.
When an 11-year old is emceeing a pitch competition, you know you're in for a interesting ride.
This was the case at MVMT50's Pitch Black competition last Monday, featuring 11-year old Mikaila Ulmer of Me and the Bees as emcee while black founders pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of getting mentorship and funding on the way to startup success.
THE PITCH FORMAT
10 contestants take center stage to pitch their idea to an audience and panel of judges.
When the watch starts - they will have 4 minutes to sell their vision and convince us why we needed to show them the money.
When the watch stops - they will have 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges and the audience.
At the end of the night - there were only be 2 left standing. One winner will be selected by the judges and one winner will be selected by the audience.
African American entrepreneurs and innovators participated in in the inaugural PITCH BLACK competition. We received 24 applications and selected 9 semi-finalists to pitch in front of judges and our audience.
2018 PITCH WINNERS
MVMT50 is a coalition of Black thought leaders committed to sustained and systematic improvement in employment diversity, cultural representation and leadership development in the innovation, technology and digital sectors.
Our partners and participants gather annually during South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive to connect, collaborate and build consensus around disruptive and innovative solutions to empower and elevate Black thought leadership.
MVMT50 is an African American Diversity & Inclusion community partner for SXSW Interactive 2018. However, MVMT50 is not owned or operated by SXSW. Marketing opportunities outlined in this deck are related to MVMT50 activations only and are not related to SXSW-organized events (such as panels or solo presentations). For more info on SXSW-organized events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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