December 17, 2018

There’s a new pitch competition in town, where seven founders from the DMV will pitch to a panel of judges, angel investors and community partners. In a twist, the audience will have a chance to make an investment, too.

Coined “the People’s Shark Tank” by Street Entrepreneurs founder and CEO Juliana Cardona Mejia, Street Pitch will be livestreamed so attendees and viewers can make direct investments into the startups through equity crowdfunding campaigns, product purchases or in-kind contributions, a press release states.

Street Pitch 2018 will take place on Nov. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator, located near  Howard University’s campus on Georgia Avenue. The event will be hosted by Brandon Andrews of ABC’s Shark Tank and is also taking place on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving to kick off the holiday season.

“If American Idol and Shark Tank had a baby, it would be called ‘Street Pitch.’ W...

December 17, 2018

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Kieran: Have you ever been watching an episode of "Shark Tank" and thought, I'd definitely invest in that company? Well, what if those were local companies pitching on your screen, and with a couple clicks you could send them some capital?

Enter Street Pitch, an event by Street Entrepreneurs that will bring together founders from D.C., Maryland and Virginia for its first-ever live competition.

Hosted by Brandon Andrews, the competition will feature seven entrepreneurs on the night of Nov. 27. They'll pitch to a panel of judges and investors, but here's the twist: Street Pitch will be streamed live, and viewers can invest directly in the startups via equity crowdfunding campaigns, product purchases or in-kind contributions.

"The people are the sharks and they’re voting with money," Street Entrepreneurs founder Juliana Cardona Mejia said.

The organization launched three years ago to s...

December 17, 2018

Pat Lawson Muse speaks to three guests involved in Street Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Sharing their stories are Juliana Cardona Mejia, CEO and Founder of Street Entrepreneurs, Ronald Reaves, founder of social enterprise catering company Kitchen Veteran, and Jazmine Kionna, founder and CEO of her own luxury brand that aims to make high heels more comfortable. (Published Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 | Credit: Pat Lawson Muse)

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