South By Southwest Interactive Festival 2018 is hitting Austin in March and MVMT50 is taking their pitch competition to the next level with PITCH BLACK: THE FUTURE IS FEMALE!
On Sunday, March 11, exemplary Black female founders and co-founders will take the stage at The JW Marriott Austin to present their business ideas for a chance to win an investment of $10,000 from Silicon Valley-based VC firm Backstage Capital, an African-American female led venture capital fund that invests in new companies led by women, people of color and LGBTQ founders in need of venture capital.
Pitch Black was designed to create a launch pad to equip promising entrepreneurs with the tools needed to develop their businesses. In preparation for the contest, each finalist is carefully paired with a seasoned entrepreneur and pitch coach that can help them refine their pitch and ensure that the business value proposition is clearly conveyed for future investment opportunities. With African American women at the forefront of the women’s movement, MVMT50 chose to shine a light on this powerful group of women by making them the focus of this year’s competition.
Pitch Black contestants will be tasked with pitching their business to a panel of judges and live audience in less than four minutes. One $10,000 Judge’s Choice Winner will be selected by a panel of 5 judges and the People’s Choice Winner will be chosen by the audience and win a $2,500 cash prize provided by the HBCU Battle of The Brains and the National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter.
Pitch Black: The Future is Female will be held on the 4th floor of the JW Marriott at 110 E. Second St. on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm-4:30pm. Must have SXSW badge to attend the Pitch Black event. African American females are invited to apply by visiting: www.pitchblack512.com. The submission deadline is Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Time.