Elevate Conference

Connecting The Black Business Community

April 5-6, 2019


We are excited to have our first annual pitch competition (sponsored by: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP) to support rising founders with connections, exposure, and resources to enhance their current businesses.

On April 5th, 4 finalists will present their pitches in front of 3 top tier investors, each pitch 7 minutes in length. The winner will win a prize of $5,000 to put toward the continued development of the business.

In order to qualify for the competition, contestants must complete a short application and submit a pitch deck. Requirement for the application process are listed below.

Requirements for Application

  • Business should be in early stage development

  • Must not have raised more than $500,000

  • Business must have a clear development plan and goals

  • Founder from an underrepresented group or creates a product that supports underrepresented minorities

  • Open to the broad New York community  (you do not need to be a CBS student to apply)

Name *
Describe your business in one sentence. What is the problem your business is solving and who are you solving for?

Please upload your pitch deck below. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be contacted and will have a coaching session before the competition in April to finalize your deck. Please upload the presentation as a PDF file. Before uploading, ensure your presentation meets the following requirements:

  • Page with founders and backgrounds

  • Explain the problem your product is solving and solution

  • Provide a visual representation of product/service

  • Have an overall assessment of the market size for the product or service

  • Include an assessment of competitors in the marketplace

  • General understanding regarding business model (how will your product make money?)

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