Thank you to the 98 Entrepreneurs who participated in Pitch event held on April 6 and 7th. And the winners are.....
During the April 6 & 7, 2021 pitch event, a panel of judges from the MagicMakers® Group, a global business consultancy of former Disney executives and leaders who bridge the gap between brand promise and operational excellence welcomed 98 Black Entrepreneurs who delivered pitches across four categories - Start-up Product, Start-up Service, Established Product and Established Service. The winners in each category are:
- Start-up Product – SWOOP™ - The Original Transition Hanger – an innovative way to hang long clothing more compactly in a closet or luggage (Entrepreneur: Libra Riley of Rockville, MD)
- Start-up Service – CNA Simulations VR – interactive, virtual CNA (certified nursing assistant) training using 3D simulation technology (Entrepreneur: Charlene Brown, MD, MPH of Washington, DC)
- Established Product – The Restroom Kit – a compatible portable all-in-one kit to prevent spread of disease, bacteria and viruses when using public restrooms (Entrepreneurs: Bill and Sonia Massey of Clinton, MD)
- Established Service – The Compass – a critical service to help companies and organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from any potential disruption to normal operations (Entrepreneur: Mark Dozier of Landover, MD)
Due to the generosity of sponsors, each of the four will receive an $8,000 cash prize. Plus, Start-up Product winner Libra Riley was awarded a one-hour consultation with an expert from MagicMakers® Group, valued at more than another $1,000. Another seven entrepreneurs were also selected to receive one-hour MagicMakers® Group expert consultations. They are: Bon AppeSweet (Entrepreneur Thereasa Black); Deanna’s Delights (Entrepreneur: Deanna Ongwela); Creating Music Joy (Entrepreneur: Grace Joy Reid); Pretty Peculiar Modeling Agency (Entrepreneur: Toni Junious-Quick); PegaPod (Entrepreneur: Randall Bostick); Deddle’s Mini Donuts (Entrepreneur: Robin: Holmes); and RYG Light (Entrepreneur: Lowell Cade).
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About Dara Trujillo and MagicMakers® Group
Dara Trujillo has more than 30 years of retail, traditional brick and mortar, theme park (Walt Disney) and TV shopping experience (HSN). While at Disney, she created amazing products and experiences still enjoyed by Disney guests around the world. In 2014, Dara joined HSN as VP of Merchandise Business Development and helped entrepreneurs realize their TV retail dreams. In 2020, Dara joined MagicMakers® Group.
The MagicMakers® Group is a collective of 24 former Disney executives and experts, with 400+ years of practical Disney expertise to assess, review and elevate your business.
The Main Event: The Pitch Competition - April 6 & 7
- Businesses must be 51% Black-owned
- Start-up businesses - whether product or service businesses - are defined as from concept to 2 years in business.
- Established businesses - whether product or service businesses - are defined as more than 2 years in business, under 50 employees and under $2.5M annual revenue
- This pitch is for-profit businesses only. No nonprofit pitches.
- Registration and attendance at the FREE webinar "How to Pitch Your Product or Service" on February 25th. This webinar will give you the information needed to successfully participate in the Black Entrepreneurs pitch event scheduled for April 6 & 7th.
- Registration for the April 6 & 7th Pitch Events; submission form will be available on February 26th.
- You will be assigned a free SCORE Mentor to review and approve your submission and help you prepare your pitch.
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