Late last month, amidst the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate fallout for Black and Brown-owned small businesses, 10 women of color from around the country participated in the New Voices + Target Accelerator $100,000 Virtual Pitch Competition, streaming on EssenceStudios.com.
The tenth, and second virtual, iteration of the New Voices Foundation $100,000 Pitch highlighted the strength and diversity of businesses founded by women of color thriving despite the current social and economic climate. Previous competitions across the country, held in New Orleans, LA; Washington, DC; New York, NY; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA; and Las Vegas, NV at CES provided more than $900,000 in non-dilutive capital and almost $500,000 of supportive coaching and mentoring services to the winners.
Setting the PACE
Propelled by its Purpose.Access.Capital.Expertise (PACE) model, New Voices is committed to creating a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem for women of color. The Foundation invests in a wide array of programs—including entrepreneurial summits, accelerators, pitch competitions, coaching, master classes and more—to…