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Application Guide



Review the questions below and read the application details before submitting your online form.


Submit your online application.

After you submit your application you will be provided details to submit your 3-min pitch video.

We will let you know whether you’ve been selected as a finalist by Thursday, April 29th 2021.



Email us at if you have questions about eligibility, participation requirements, and/or the application.

1 / What does PITCH BLACK offer?


  • Enhance the skills and ability of Black entrepreneurs and business owners to effectively message and communicate their businesses that results in increased awareness.

  • Increase opportunities to promote exposure and connections between Black entrepreneurs, business owners, and community philanthropists.

  • The opportunity for Black entrepreneurs and business owners to deliver their message and impact to a national audience.



Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, February 25th at 12 NOON MST. Applications close on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM MST.



3 / Are you a candidate for PITCH BLACK? 

Do you consider yourself to be...?

  • Entrepreneurial, resourceful, and focused on long-term outcomes.

  • Creative solution-providers to complex social problems in your community.

  • Committed to creating innovative approaches to improve your products and/or services.



  • Black Entrepreneur / Business Owner — Applicants must identify as Black, Pan-African, Moorish American, African American and/or of the African diaspora operating a business.

  • Service Area — Applicant must be based inside of the United States.

  • Size — 1 to 5 employees and operating for less than five years. 

  • Cost — FREE 

  • Restrictions — PITCH BLACK will not consider applications from individuals, public school districts, sports teams, or any other organization that discriminates based on religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, national origin or physical ability.



A team of partners, business leaders and community representatives will score the applications on the following six criteria:


  1. Potential › Approach to solving a problem through innovative thinking. 

  2. Highlight › The idea is inspirational and motivational. 

  3. Focus › Scope of the problem and how it is being addressed.

  4. Clarity › Presents “the why” clearly and articulates the solution.

  5. Community › Positive impact and influence locally, nationally, and/or globally.

  6. Measurement › Metrics are being used to assess long-term outcomes.



Applications OPEN Thursday, February 25, 2021

Application CLOSE Thursday, April 8, 2021 

PITCH BLACK Finalists Announced Thursday, April 29, 2021

PITCH BLACK Event Registration, Friday, April 30, 2021

PITCH BLACK EVENT: Tuesday, June 1, 2021