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All set for the 2024 Black Pitch Contest: Empowering Black Entrepreneurs in Canada

Anticipation is building as the Black Pitch Contest, a ground-breaking initiative by the Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society (BEBC), gears up to announce its winners. Designed to elevate Black entrepreneurs and their visionary business ideas, this contest has captured the attention of innovators across the nation.

The black-pitch-contest isn’t just about cash prizes; it’s about amplifying Black entrepreneurship in Canada. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The Prize: Participants stand a chance to win up to $25,000 in cash prizes. This funding can unlock doors, fuel growth, and turn dreams into reality.
  2. National Recognition: Winners will be celebrated nationally by their peers. The spotlight shines on their ingenuity, resilience, and commitment to breaking barriers.
  3. Resources: Beyond the prize money, contestants gain access to valuable tools, resources, and opportunities to reach more customers. It’s about empowerment beyond the contest.
  4. Learning and Support: The BEBC Society provides on-demand and live learning sessions. Entrepreneurs can connect with mentors and experts who understand the unique challenges faced by Black business owners.

The time lines and how it works

Application Phase: Entrepreneurs submitted their brilliant business ideas starting from December 22, 2023. The deadline for entries was February 20, 2024.

Public Voting: Over 230 applicants vied for the top spot. For the first time in the contest’s history, public voting played a crucial role in determining the finalists. The top 30 ideas were shortlisted based on popular votes.

Key dates

March 22, 2024 – Top 30 Finalists Announced

April 2, 2024 – Top 15 Finalists Announced

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. Stay tuned.

Meet the Previous Winner

Last year, Micheline Khan, an entrepreneur from Hamilton, Ontario, clinched the grand prize. Her company, Althea Therapy, focuses on providing culturally responsive mental health resources.

By destigmatizing therapy, Micheline aims to improve mental health outcomes for underserved communities.

Who is BEBC?

The Black Entrepreneurs and Businesses of Canada Society [BEBC Society] is a unified platform for advocating  and supporting Black entrepreneurs and businesses in Canada.

Founded by Jackee Kassandy the non-profit Society helps black businesses create communities, expand networks and scale up their operations.

“As a business hub, we support and have touch points with 2000+ Black businesses in Canada by providing access to resources,”said  Jackee Kassandy. “We are also actively providing the Black community with proper research, data, analysis and policy change recommendations.

BEBC Society’s flagship event is the annual Black Business Summit. The 2024 black-business-summit taking place in Vancouver will have Simone Saunders as the keynote speaker.

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