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NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING 2022

APPLY TODAY TO WIN UP TO $5,000 IN CASH AND RESOURCES FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

Black Founders Pitch is returning to showcase our Fourth Cohort of Black men entrepreneurs! This time, we're doing something special with Norfolk State University!

We are now accepting applications from founders looking to pitch at our flagship event broadcasting in October.

To be considered, you must:

  • be a Black male founder who owns at least 51% or more of your business

  • own a business that is considered to be in good standing and generating revenue

  • be an undergraduate or graduate student, an alumnus, or a faculty/staff member of Norfolk State University 


AUGUST 5, 2022

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

 

HOW OUR PITCH COMPETITION WORKS 

and why it is unique

Founders have three minutes to pitch about their business storyline, product/service, innovation/ingenuity, business model, and target market. Each pitch also features a three-minute Q&A with our featured Panel of Champions - our group of respected business experts who will provide founders with feedback and takeaways.

 

 

Here's where our competition is differs from other events. Our panel does not score the pitches nor do they select the winner. The audience selects the winner through our unique “vote with your dollars” method. Think of it as ‘Shark Tank’, with an audience, where everyone is a shark. Using our platform, the audience votes with their dollars to determine the winner. The founder with the most votes wins (not the most money raised).

What to know before you apply...

Here are a few things to note as you begin your application:

  • The deadline to submit your application to be considered for this event is August 5, 2022.

  • To be considered for this event, you must be a Black male who owns, at least 51% or more of your business, and your business must be in good standing and generating revenue. Additionally, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student, an alumnus, or a faculty/staff member at Norfolk State University to participate as a founder in this event.

  • Please be prepared to complete the entire application in a single session. Your data cannot be saved and applications cannot be resumed.

  • You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been received by the Black Men Ventures team.

  • Your application submission does not guarantee your selection to participate in our program and pitch at our event.

  • Out of all founder applications received, twelve (12) founders will be initially selected to our Cohort. Leading up to the event, the Cohort will be downsized to eight (8) founders, who will compete in the final round.

  • If you are selected, please be prepared to fully and actively participate in our program in its entirety. This includes our Kickoff Meeting, three (3) pitch practices, one (1) marketing seminar, and the Pre-Pitch Competition.

  • All events are mandatory, and your commitment will be assessed as we select founders for the final round. Event dates requiring your attendance will be communicated in advance.

  • If at any point it has been determined that any information provided in your application is untrue or cannot be verified, Black Men Ventures reserves the right rescind your selection and remove you from our program.

 
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QUALIFYING QUESTIONS

Is your business 51% or more owned by Black male founder(s)?
Is your business in good standing?
Is your business generating revenue?