June 23th 2021 – Miami, FL – Endeavor Miami will be hosting its first Pitch Competition for Black founders, in partnership with The Miami Herald and Microsoft for Startups. The Pitch Competition will take place virtually on Wednesday, June 30th from 3:00pm to 5:15pm.
Ten early-stage, industry-agnostic, and South Florida-based companies have been selected to participate in the competition and will be pitching to a panel of esteemed judges featuring Jane Wooldrige, Business and Visuals Arts Editor at Miami Herald, Mariano Amartino, Director for the Americas at Microsoft for Startups, and Marcell Haywood, Founder & CEO at Encompass and Endeavor Entrepreneur. Three winners will be selected and receive non-dilutive cash prizes including access to Microsoft for Startups program, which includes $25K in Azure credits and technical consulting sessions. The first place winner will also receive a spot in one of Endeavor Miami’s Growth Programs (once they meet necessary criteria).
“Creating opportunities for all entrepreneurs to thrive is Endeavor Miami’s mission.” said Claudia Duran, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami. “We’re overjoyed to receive the support of the community and partner alongside The Miami Herald and Microsoft for Startups. I wish all our participants the best of luck on June 30th.”
To RSVP to the Endeavor Pitch Competition, please visit https://endeavorpitchcompetition.splashthat.com/.
Endeavor Pitch Competition participants:
Entrepreneur: Mark Thayer
Airyvl is a technology company that produces cloud-based merchandising software for both private and commercial airlines.
Best Candidate, Inc
Entrepreneur: Gino Herring
Best Candidate, Inc startup is the first and only Election Candidate Search Engine, and Campaign Media Management system. This mobile application is developed to promote successful Candidate search, and provide a centralized location for voters to get information and updates straight from the candidates themselves.
Black Stock Footage, LLC
Entrepreneur: Imani Lee and Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy
For video creators, Black Stock Footage offers a stock video platform 100% focused on Black representation. The subscription membership offers access to unlimited downloads of video clips showcasing the variety of hues, cultures, phenotypes, and activities of Black people, making Black representation easier to include in your video projects.
Entrepreneurs: Rishielle Giscombe, Rami Mallah, Dana Zahreddine and Alexia Palmer
Glamo is a beauty on demand app that provides over 150 services to clients at the comfort of their home within minutes of their booking. Not only does it saves time for clients, but it gives stylists the opportunity to showcase their work and be their own boss. Glamo’s aim is to disrupt the beauty industry for both clients and stylists.
Entrepreneur: Belinda Bassey Ephraim
KOKOBÉRNA is a West African heritage and luxury lifestyle e-commerce brand that handcrafts therapeutic plant-based beauty-through-wellness products that are nutrient-rich and holistically rejuvenate maturing skin, relieve stress, and minimize inflammation for a deep-rooted sense of well-being and vitality.
Loan My Sole
Entrepreneur: Brandon Chance
The 1st Rental Marketplace Community for Sneakerheads. We empower Sneakerheads to monetize their collection AND experience more pairs.
Entrepreneur: Joi Elmore
Miami360 is a mobile application designed to bridge the gap between South Florida’s tourists, locals and small businesses. Our app gives its users access to an authentic scope of Miami lifestyle, shopping, food and entertainment “outside” of tourist hot spots!
Entrepreneurs: Laura A. Borland and Sean D. Hale
PODPic is a photographic order tracking app, creating a storyboard from order fulfillment to final delivery of a package’s journey to the buyer. It is designed to protect e-commerce, logistics companies, and last-mile delivery agents from being wrongfully charged for loss and damage claims.
Entrepreneur: Philip Lilavois
RealtyView will be the first real estate offer management and listing platform to live chart purchase offer data to give real-time bid/ask statistics back to the real estate community. RealtyView can benefit realtors, investors, appraisers, financial institutions, buyers, sellers, media outlets, and all other vested parties.
Entrepreneurs: Samella Watson and Marco Gastello
Sebiya is a 3-part B2B SaaS platform that helps B&B Hosts enhance their engagement by 27% which ultimately allows them to sell more services digitally.
Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement to drive economic growth and job creation by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 100,000 individuals and selected more than 2,100 founders leading over 1,300 scale-up companies. With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created over 3.9 million jobs, generate more than $28.7 billion in revenue each year, and inspire future generations to innovate and take risks, building strong entrepreneurship ecosystems in growth markets. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 40 growth markets throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.
The Endeavor Miami affiliate was established in 2013, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as the first U.S. affiliate of Endeavor Global. Endeavor Miami’s entrepreneurs generated close to $340M in revenues and over 3,000 jobs in South Florida in 2020. With the addition of its newest companies, the affiliate currently supports 22 companies and 39 entrepreneurs, such as Nearpod, Cameo, NovoPayment and Wyncode.
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