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During CBE Summit 2020, CBE hosted a CBE Pitch Day to identify black entrepreneurs willing to go toe-to-toe in a live pitch competition!


Pitch Day provides a platform for entrepreneurs of all ages—high school, higher education, and professionals— to present their ventures, receive feedback and start to build relationships with investors and customers!

CBE Pitch Day 2020 had 3 rounds:

Round 1 | 2-3 PM
This first set of 4 entrepreneurs will compete for 2 spots in the Final Round.
Round 2 | 3-4 PM
This second set of 4 entrepreneurs will compete for 2 spots in the Final Round.
Final Round | 4-5 PM
The finalists from Round 1 & 2 will compete for the grand prizes.

The first two rounds consisted of 8 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of Q&A, where participants were judged by a group of seasoned venture capitalists and investors. The final round consisted of a 3 minute business recap followed by 7 minutes of Q&A from the judges and audience.

All participants had the opportunity to win CASH prizes and in-kind donations from sponsoring companies and investors. Networking opportunities were also provide through an exclusive participant Networking Reception following the competition. 


How Does
it work

Step 0: Decide to participate 
Step 1: Submit an application to participate by Feb 2nd
Step 2: Receive selection confirmation by Feb 9th
Step 3: Accept final invitation by Feb 12th
Step 4: Prepare an 8-minute pitch for our VCs, investor panel and audience
Step 5: Participate in 4 minute Q&A with judges
Step 6: Be selected as the winner!

of pitching

  1. Pitch to a variety of investors
  2. Gather invaluable feedback on your business
  3. Position yourself to win a Cash Prize!
  4. Receive complimentary CBE Summit ticket
  5. Get exposure: Complimentary vendor booth at CBE vendor showcase on Friday, February 21
  6. Receive a acknowledgement at the CBE Gala: Saturday, February, 22