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Award to a USA African-American Entrepreneur for a Short Presentation of a New Business Idea

Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition


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Black Enterprise Entreprenuers Summit Hosted by Nationwide Insurance
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Deadline: 04/17/15 Save

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Award of $10,000 to a USA African-American entrepreneur for the best short pitch, focusing on products or services that can be offered to a company. The top 10 finalists will have 2 minutes to pitch their idea to judges and a live audience for a chance to win. Business ideas must be original and have commercial promise.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entrants can be one person or a team. There is no limit to the number of team members. No PowerPoint presentations or other media are allowed.

Pre-Application Information
A video submission (no more than two minutes in length) must be submitted via youtube with the title 2015 BE Elevator Pitch Competition-(your business name) by the contest deadline. Send your video link to

Include your name, email and phone number. In the subject line, write 2015 BE Elevator Pitch Competition. Ten semi-finalists will be determined and notified.

Finalists will receive a complimentary registration for you and a guest to the 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo. The selected semi-finalists must be present on Thursday, May 14th at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo where they will pitch their idea to judges and a live audience. There will be a time limit of 60 seconds for each pitch.

Five finalists will be determined by the audience and live stream voting. The five finalists will pitch their business again with a 30 second time limit. A question and answer session for the judges will follow each presentation. The winner will be determined by the judges.

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