INVEST IN GRIT

Street Pitch by Street Entrepreneurs featured a jam-packed line up of the grittiest founders in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The selected entrepreneurs represented the top talent from Street Entrepreneur’s 400 member-cohort. From AI-technologies, to catering companies, and eco-friendly products, Street Entrepreneurs believes that both small businesses and high-growth startups deserve support and amplification. Street Pitch transforms the traditional pitch competition by mobilizing a collective of organizations to democratize who is involved, what they win, and how they are showcased.

Through a historic nationwide network of 58 partners, Street Pitch was livestreamed to the American public – allowing the audience to directly invest in their favorite entrepreneur through crowdfunding campaigns, product purchases and in-kind contributions. Hosted by Brandon Andrews of ABC’s Shark Tank, seven entrepreneurs pitched their companies to a panel of judges, angel investors, community supporters and the most importantly the audience. The event also featured American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, courtesy of Gallaudet University.

 If American Idol and Shark Tank had a baby, it would be called “Street Pitch.”
We believe in collective impact. Therefore, we are brought together 58 grassroots community partners, over 250 audience members and hundredths of virtual viewers
to give business owners the platform they deserve. These entrepreneurs pitched
the live and digital audience, and they decided who got their investment.

–Founder and CEO of Street Entrepreneurs, Juliana Cardona Mejia

Read more about Street Pitch in the Technical.ly article titled, People’s Shark Tank’ gives the audience the power to back promising founders, the Beat by DC Inno, and NBC’s News4 Your Sunday.

#StreetPitch2018 was made possible by Amazon Web Services, Make My Day CPA, Lyft, Inclusive Innovation Incubator (IN3), Pernix-Solutions, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Executive Education, Judith E. Barnes Lancaster, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development, Hugo Creative, Kelktiv Media Group, and AXL and Mindhatch.    

JUDGES

  • Melissa Bradley, Managing Partner at 1863 Ventures

  • Ryan Maliszewski, Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Gallaudet University

  • Sibyl Edwards, Co-Founder and CEO of Black Female Founders (#BFF)

  • Aaron Saunders, Founder and CEO at Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3) and Clearly Innovation

  • Cullen Gilchrist, Co-Founder and CEO of Union Kitchen

  • Elena Rosenblum, Accelerator Director at Union Kitchen

  • Amelia Friedman, Co-Founder and COO at Hatch Apps

  • Deloris Wilson, Head of Strategy and Operations at BEACON D.C.

  • Stacey Wood Jackson, Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services

  • Brianne Dornbush, Executive Director at District Bridges

  • Felipe Peres, Senior Business Consultant at DC Small Business Development Center

  • Cee Smith, Founder of Cee Smith Media Group and Angel Investor for Social Change

  • Kristina Francis, Co-host of Get Found Get Funded and Angel Investor at Pipeline Angels

  • Shelly Bell, Founder and CEO at Black Girl Ventures

  • Karima Woods, Director of Business Development and Strategy at Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

  • Maryann Lombardi, Chief Creative Economy Officer at DC Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment

  • Kezia Williams, Founder and CEO at Black upStart

  • Patricia Henriques, CEO at the Henlee Group

  • Danielle Tate, Founder of MissNowMrs

  • Katherine Mereand, Program Manager for Innovation and Equitable Development at DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

  • Boris Foxman, Founder and CEO at Make My Day CPA and iVentures Accounting Group

  • Prachi Vakharia, Founder of Womanium

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