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ARE YOU READY  TO TRANSFORM YOUR IDEA

PITCH BLACK

PITCH BLACK targeted African American individuals, businesses and non-profits in the Austin area in need of start-up funding and mentoring to take their idea to new heights. 


The goal was simple - we wanted to create a launch pad that enabled participants to expand their idea. We targeted early stage projects, whether it was just an idea that existed only in theory or one that was fully operational .

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MONDAY 

NOVEMBER 14

GALVANIZE AUSTIN

6P - 8:30P

$10 ticket included complimentary bites, beverages and beats to network by from DJ Kay Cali.

118 Nueces St

2016

"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

      East Austin Advocate


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. 

2016 MEDIA COVERAGE

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.

When the watch stopped  - they had 5 minutes to answer questions from the judges and the audience.

THE PITCH FORMAT

NINE

TWO

FOUR

When the watch started - they had 4 minutes to sell their vision and convince us why we needed to show them the money. 

FIVE

9 contestants took center stage to pitch their idea to an audience and panel of judges. 

At the end of the night - there were only 2 left standing.  One winner was selected by the judges and one winner was selected by the audience.

2016 PITCH PARTICIPANTS

ZUBY ONWUTA

Think And Zoom

thinkandzoom.com

BRANDON NSEKPONG

ModoBuddy

modobuddy.com

African American entrepreneurs and innovators living in the central Texas area participated in PITCH BLACK. We received 24 applications and selected 9 semi-finalists to pitch in front of judges and our audience.

AUDIENCE WINNER

NICOLE S. COOPER

Online Business 

& Sales Strategist

nicolescooper.com

WAYNE LOPEZ

Ayoopa

ayoopa.com

NEIL TANNER

Ellomix

ellomix.com

NATASHA HARPER-MADISON

The Floral Engagement

thefloralengagement.com

JOHN SEIGLER

OFNI

onifapp24.wix.com/OFNI

JUDGES WINNER

SHAWN RHODER

Nohmad, Inc.

nohmad.com

STEVEN WES RIDDICK

The Maximus Box

maximusbox.com

CEO

HOSTED BY

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Each audience member received 3 chips upon arrival. After the final round of Q&As, the audience had 30 minutes to cast their vote for their favorite pitch. Audience members had the option to give all 3 chips to one contestant, or spread their chips across up to 3 contestants if they desired. 


100% of the proceeds from the tickets sales - $1,000 - was given to the People's Choice Winner. 

THE JUDGES

TEDDY MCDANIELL 

President & CEO,  Austin Area Urban League

STERLING SMITH

Founder & CEO, SandBox Commerce and Keystoke

PRESTON JAMES

Co-Founder/CEO, DivInc and  U.T. Herb Kelleher Center EIR

THE PEOPLE

TAM HAWKINS

CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Comerce

TAUSHA ROBERTSON

Co-Founder, Primpii Mobile App and Alterity Group

MARCUS J. CARY

Founder & CTO , vThreat, Inc.

THE PRIZES

The Judges Choice winner received 2 SXSW Interactive Badges, valued at $1025 each. 

Additionally - 3 semi-finalists received a priority consideration for a slot in the Spring 2017 12 week DivInc Pre-Accelerator Cohort, which operates out of the Galvanize co-working space in downtown Austin. 

The People's Choice winner received all of the ticket entrance revenue ($1000) collected from audience ticket purchases.


Most importantly, participation in PITCH BLACK provided all pitch entrants the  opportunity for exposure to the judges and audience members that was comprised of local tech leaders, influencers and investors.

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MEDIA SPONSORS

Thank you to all of our sponsors who made PITCH BLACK 2016 possible.

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