BLACK PITCH CONTEST

ELEVATE YOUR VISION

YOUR IDEA COULD WIN UP TO $25K

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Black Pitch Contest

YOU COULD WIN UP TO $25,000!

You’re smart. You work hard. You have dreams. 

But the road to building your business seems blocked by obstacles at every turn. 

We believe in you. And we’re here to help.

Enter the Black Pitch Contest NOW to win up to $25,000, learn from mentors, and connect with experts that can transform your life. Apply right now.

HOW IT WORKS

AMPLIFICATION OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CANADA

The Black Pitch Contest is a program operated by the Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society, a non-profit organization brimming with confidence in Canadian Black business. Winners will be announced at this year’s Black Business Summit, also put on by the BEBC, where Black entrepreneurs from across the country gather to dream bigger, aim higher, and break business barriers to thrive. This year’s summit is a hybrid event, with tickets available virtually and in-person in Vancouver, Canada. Register now for an early bird rate.

In order to compete for the cash reward, participants must enter the Black Pitch Contest before the deadline of February 16th, 2024. After submitting, participants will be judged over the next months by popular public vote, and a panel of judges.

The top 5 finalists will pitch their business ideas publicly at the 2024 Black Business Summit, where the top winner will be awarded.

PITCH COMPETITION TIMELINE

December 22, 2023

Applications Open

February 20, 2024

Applications Close

February 27, 2024

Public Voting for Top 30 Begins

March 15, 2024

Public Voting Closes

April 8, 2024

Top 5 Finalists Announced

Preparations for Live Pitches at the Summit!

May 24 & 25, 2024

Black Business Summit

Live Pitch in Front of Judges

Judges Select Grand Prize Pitcher

POST-PITCH COMPETITION:

June 2024
Top 5 Finalists Receive Access to: Advisory Circles, 1-on-1 Mentoring, Pitch Bootcamps & more!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Prior to applicant consideration and in order to proceed with the application process, each contestant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A legal resident of Canada
  • Any age or gender in any industry
  • Open to registering as a Canadian business
  • The founder or majority shareholder(s) must self-identify as Black
  • Must be passionate about the idea they are pitching
  • The applicant must understand that funding is taxable (business taxes as reported income)
  • If named as a Finalist, applicants must be available to attend BEBC’s Black Business
    Summit in-person in May 2024 (purchasing of Summit ticket(s) will be their sole responsibility)
  • Applicants are a member of the BEBC Society, or must sign-up upon entering the Pitch Contest
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ARE YOU READY TO APPLY?

Applying is easy.

Step 1: Fill out the form below

Step 2: Record a video of yourself making your pitch to the camera

Your video must include:

  • an autobiography (keep it brief!)
  • the idea you’re passionate about
  • an explanation of how the issue/idea impacts your community
  • examples of how you can bring your idea to life!
  • Share the video as a link in the application form (can be submitted as an unlisted YouTube link or a link from Google Drive, etc.)
  • All application forms and waivers must be completed and signed
 

Step 3: Ask friends and family to get ready to vote when public voting begins February 21st.

After reviewing the eligibility forms and conducting a background check to ensure that each applicant is eligible, the Committee will review submitted application videos. All candidates can expect to be contacted.

Final Due Date: February 20, 2024 at 11:59pm PST

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