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Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE) is excited to announce Pitch Day Competition during the CBE Summit on Thursday, February 20 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Battery SF. CBE seeks black entrepreneurs willing to go toe-to-toe in a live pitch competition!


Pitch day provides a platform for entrepreneurs of all ages—high school, higher education, and professionals— to present their ventures, receive feedback and start to build relationships with investors and customers!

CBE Pitch Day will have 3 rounds:

Round 1 | 2-3 PM
This first set of 4 entrepreneurs will compete for 2 spots in the Final Round.
Round 2 | 3-4 PM
This second set of 4 entrepreneurs will compete for 2 spots in the Final Round.
Final Round | 4-5 PM
The finalists from Round 1 & 2 will compete for the grand prizes.

The first two rounds will have the following format:
8 minutes of presentation
5 minutes of Q&A

The final round will consist of a 3 minute business recap followed by 7 minutes of Q&A from the judges and audience.

Participants will be judged by a group of seasoned Venture Capitalist and Investors. In addition to our judges, the CBE Pitch Day Audience will have the opportunity to choose their favorites and sway the judges!

All participants will have the opportunity to win CASH prizes and in-kind donations from sponsoring companies and investors.

There will also be a Networking Reception for participants from 5:00 – 9:00PM following the competition.

How Does
it work

Step 0: Decide to participate 
Step 1: Submit an application to participate by Feb 2nd
Step 2: Receive selection confirmation by Feb 9th
Step 3: Accept final invitation by Feb 12th
Step 4: Prepare an 8-minute pitch for our VCs, investor panel and audience
Step 5: Participate in 4 minute Q&A with judges
Step 6: Be selected as the winner!


  1. Pitch to a variety of investors
  2. Gather invaluable feedback on your business
  3. Position yourself to win a Cash Prize!
  4. Receive complimentary CBE Summit ticket
  5. Get exposure: Complimentary vendor booth at CBE vendor showcase on Friday, February 21
  6. Receive a acknowledgement at the CBE Gala: Saturday, February, 22

Register Today