On April 8th and 9th, CEI and the North Carolina Central University School of Business will host pitch: A competition for Black student-founders. The objective of pitch is to provide a space for Black student-founders from across the country to showcase their businesses to investors who are interested in investing with Black founders. Besides the ability to win cash and services prizes valued at more than $140,000, participants in the program will receive coaching from experienced investors and operators, a “success packet” full of pitching guides and advice on fruitful interactions with investors, and 1:1 consultations with law firms, commercial bankers, and personal finance experts.
Sixteen semi-finalists have been curated from schools around the country. Prior to the semi-final round of pitches on April 8, NC sports legends and successful entrepreneurs Grant Hill, Charles Whitfield, and Fred Whitfield will share entrepreneurship lessons learned. On April 9, ecosystem builders Fay Horwitt, Karen LeVert, Dan Roselli, and Rodney Sampson will share perspectives on inclusive and impactful ecosystem building just before the pitch: A competition for Black student-founders winners are announced.
Join us on April 8 and 9 by watching the livestream of the fireside chats, the finalists’ presentations, and the award presentations – all via the Duke Fuqua YouTube channel. Register here if you would like a reminder.