Part pitch competition, part crowdfunding opportunity: Boss Up - DC


Mar. 15, 2017 10:44 am

Part pitch competition, part crowdfunding opportunity: Boss Up

The next edition of this quarterly event is coming up March 18.

Step on up.

(Photo by Flickr user Grant, used under a Creative Commons license)

Gathering the necessary seed funding to get your venture off the ground can be a challenge. That’s why Black Girl Vision created the “Boss Up” pitch competition — a “for us by us” shot at funding for ventures run by women of color.

It’s a very cool concept. Black Girl Vision holds monthly networking events and classes to which they sell tickets. A portion of the proceeds from these tickets goes into what the organization calls a “vision fund” — then once per quarter the organization puts on a pitch competition where female entrepreneurs compete to win the fund. Only women of color are eligible to pitch, but anyone can join the judging community to help decide who should walk away with the money.

Boss Up is an innovative twist on the traditional pitch competition — it introduces an element of crowdfunding as well. And the next edition is coming right up on Saturday, March 18 at MakeOffices on K Street.

Are you a woman of color launching a new venture?

Apply to pitch.

Not part of that group but think this sounds cool?

Buy a ticket, see some interesting pitches and support the work Black Girl Vision is doing.

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier was the lead reporter for DC. The California native previously worked for NPR and the editorial board at USA Today. She can talk travel plans all day, and has strong opinions on the best doughnut in D.C.


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