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Black-led Startups Pitch Competition

July 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Entre for a virtual Black-led Startups Pitch Competition!

This is an Online Event via Zoom.

Join Entre virtually for our Black-led Startups Pitch Competition. 6 startups will pitch to a panel of investor judges and hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Apply here in this google form to be considered to pitch at this competition. Application deadline will be July 15, 2020.

Prizes will be presented to the winners of this Pitch Competition.


6:00 – 6:15 pm EST : Event Introduction

6:15 – 7:30 pm EST: Startup Pitches + Q&A

7:30 – 7:45 pm EST: Winners and Prizes announced + Closing remarks

7:45 – 8:00 pm EST: Networking


  • 1st place – $1,000 Cash, $1000 off StartEngine Campaign Management Fee & $1,000 credit for Ideamotive
  • 2nd place – $750 off StartEngine Campaign Management Fee & $500 credit for Ideamotive
  • 3rd place – $500 off StartEngine Campaign Management Fee & $250 credit for Ideamotive

Free Entre Pro Membership for all participants.

Event Sponsor:

Start Engine

StartEngine enables everyday people to become angel investors and venture capitalists by giving them access to startup investment opportunities.

We’ve been in the equity crowdfunding business since the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) enacted Title II of the JOBS Act in June 2015, which allowed everyday people from the US and around the world to invest in small US businesses through public crowdfunding campaigns. In fact, we launched the first equity crowdfunding campaign ever and specialize in Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A+.

We’re in the business of helping other businesses raise capital from the crowd—their customers, friends, and the adventurous investors that are a part of the StartEngine community—and no one’s been doing this longer than we have. Connect at – https://www.startengine.com/

Fourscore Law

Fourscore Law designs efficient solutions for complex situations delivered in an unapologetically approachable style. Provides strategy legal counsel for entrepreneurs and business at critical stages of growth such as venture financing transactions, sale/purchase, and general corporate.

Headquartered in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, Fourscore Business Law serves entrepreneurs and businesses in the Triangle, throughout the Southeast and in Silicon Valley / San Francisco. We also represent venture capital funds and other investors who invest in companies throughout the U.S. Connect at- https://fourscorelaw.com/


Web Development || Mobile Apps || MVPs || Graphics Design || Technology for Start-ups.

For last 6 years they’ve been creating technology for start-ups like yours. Will help you get the best talent of Europe to work on your project within less than two weeks. Ideamotive is a fast growing software house based in the heart of Europe, in Warsaw, Poland.

Experts at Web & Mobile technologies and outstanding interactive UX/UI design.

To get your software done or hire top-class developers reach out to Filip here- https://www.ideamotive.co/hire-team

Connect at- https://www.ideamotive.co/ or on Linkedin- https://www.linkedin.com/company/ideamotive/


Brandon Andrews, Entrepreneur / Global Builder / Speaker + Host

Brandon Andrews is co-founder of Gauge; an AI-driven mobile market research platform connecting brands to consumers and influencers to identify opportunities and avoid mistakes. As Senior Consultant at Values Partnerships he leads the company & work on technology and entrepreneurship, including leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s, Shark Tank and building inclusive ecosystems. Named a Global Innovation Fellow by the U.S. Department of State, he has traveled the world speaking and hosting events on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Committed to bringing resources to diverse entrepreneurs, he started The Investment event series to educate entrepreneurs and investors of color. In addition to working with entrepreneurs Brandon has helped lead nationwide engagement campaigns including If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), Fences (2016), ROOTS (2016), and Concussion (2015). In 2018, he managed the #TechtoWealth Tour with DJ Young Guru. Designed to get 10K people of color coding, #TechtoWealth brought tech events to WeWork locations in the final six OTRII Tour cities + BET Hip Hop Awards with $1M in coding scholarships available from Opportunity Hub and Flatiron School.

He worked with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment to refresh their Erase The Hate campaign, including building the first accelerator for organizations fighting hate. In 2015, he worked with A+E Networks, iHeartMedia, and the United Way to develop the Shining A Light Concert for Progress on Race in America, Shining a Light Fund, and Conversations on Race in America documentary.

Previously, Brandon empowered public affairs, technology, and real estate clients at MWWPR. He spent 5 years in the U.S. Senate where he handled technology, small business, and defense policy. He is Chairman of the DC Commission on National and Community Service. A former fashion model, he serves on the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events and works with fashion/beauty entrepreneurs. He provides commentary on policy, politics, business and tech on TV, radio, and the web. A former Division-1 track athlete, Brandon is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.

Del Johnson, Venture Capital Investor

Del Johnson is a venture capital investor, tech writer, and keynote speaker who builds organizations that identify outlier talent beyond the reach of traditional networks and signals. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Del declined his big law firm offer to join Backstage Capital, a VC fund dedicated to eliminating tech disparities through investing in high-potential underrepresented founders.

As an investment Principal, Del leads the fund’s scouting, diligence, and operations in New York. To date, his fund has invested over $7 million into over 100 startups led by founders from groups traditionally overlooked by venture capitalists.

McKeever E. Conwell, Investor & Portfolio Manager at TEDCO

Mac uses the knowledge he gained working in both public and private sectors as a software engineer and CEO to help startups be successful. A Baltimore native, Mac joined a co-op program with the Department of Defense in 2006 and obtained a top-secret security clearance. He went on to become a government contractor working in software development for several companies, including Northrop Grumman and Booz Allen Hamilton.

In October 2009, he co-founded his first tech startup, Given.to, which completed two accelerators, Accelerate Baltimore and NewMe Accelerator. Mac was later named entrepreneur-in-residence at NewMe. Mac and his team sold the technology in 2014. His next venture, RedBerry, was accepted into the Dreamit Ventures Accelerator in Philadelphia.

Mac has been a guest on Huffington Post Live several times and his companies have been featured in many media outlets such as USA Today, Washington Post, BET, CNN Headline News, and Black Enterprise. He attended Morgan State University, majoring in Computer Science.

In 2017 Mac started the first state-backed pre-seed fund for women and minority-led startups in Maryland

Michael Tam, Principal at Craft Ventures

Michael is a principal at Craft on the investment team, based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Craft, he was an investor at Crosscut, where he led investments and participated on the boards of consumer and enterprise companies. As an operator, Michael managed Uber’s business in Southern California markets and launched L., a direct to consumer brand acquired by Procter & Gamble. Michael began his career in venture at Bullpen Capital. Previously, he worked at BofA Merrill Lynch’s tech investment banking group and began his career at PwC.

Michael serves on the investment committee of the USC Marshall Fund, which invests in startups in the Southern California tech ecosystem.

Sydney Sykes, Co-founder of Blck VC

Sydney moved to San Francisco in 2016 after graduating from Harvard undergrad where she studied Psychology and Economics, and lead the Women in Business organization. She then started working as an early stage investor at NEA, where she became passionate about early consumer companies and got a taste for angel investing, making her first investment in Inkbox. She also started Blck VC, a non profit focused on empowering Black investors and increasing diversity in VC. Blck VC is also the largest network of Black venture investors in the country. After two and a half years in venture, she moved over to the operating side and now works at a fashion startup called Dolls Kill, where she manages the growth, forecasting, and strategy for their native brands. Sydney continues to spend most of her time co-leading Blck VC and looking for high potential early stage companies. For more info, please find her LinkedIn here.

About Entre

Our events brings people together to openly discuss and share ideas with like-minded individuals. We welcome entrepreneurs of all types, start-ups of all sizes, industries, and stages to join us in finding the inspiration, resources, and friends that will make them successful. Whether our members are just beginning to build a company, or are years into their venture, We aim to refer to the best services available for helping them achieve their goals.

We aim to work with sponsors and partners who share our vision in helping the start-up community grow and succeed. For event sponsors, email Sponsor@JoinEntre.com


July 22, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm