These 5 companies pitched at Black Girl Ventures' Boss Up Baltimore - Baltimore


May 18, 2018 12:59 pm

These 5 companies pitched at Black Girl Ventures’ Boss Up Baltimore

The pitch competition was held Thursday, May 18, at Startup Nest. Founders pitched platforms for textured hair products and salon chair rental.

My Open Chair's Alicia Holliday pitches at Boss Up Baltimore.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Inside the Startup Nest in Carroll-Camden on Thursday night, the latest Baltimore edition of Black Girl Ventures’ Boss Up pitch competition brought five founders together.

The event series, founded by D.C. entrepreneur Shelly Bell as part-pitch competition, part-crowdfunding campaign, held its first Baltimore event in 2017. The event doesn’t have judges like traditional pitch competitions. Rather, attendees both fund and pick the winner through live voting. Plus, the audience gets a chance to ask questions.

Here’s a look at the pitches:

  • PineAPPL: Tia Goodson is creating a platform to connect people with textured hair to each other, and retailers that carry products for them. Goodson came away as the winner of the competition, chosen by attendees.
  • New Secrets Tea: Newnew Norton developed a luxury tea brand that aims to deliver wellness through all natural tea, herbs and other ingredients. Currently, the company’s offerings are available at BWI.
  • My Open Chair: Alicia Holliday is building a platform allowing salon owners to post available chairs, and allowing licensed stylists to rent the space.

  • Ben ah Fox Boutique: Gail Williams is growing an accessory business, with plenty of offerings to browse on Instagram.
  • Jazmine Kionna is bringing comfort to high-heeled shoes with a built-in shock absorbent gel and memory foam insole that conforms to the foot. Kionna passed around a prototype at the event.


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