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Scale-Up Pitch Challenge

The NBMBAA® Scale-Up Pitch Challenge

National Black MBA Association® launched the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge in 2017 to address our 2020 Vision Goal of awarding $2 million in Business Grants to our membership. This challenge is a pitch competition designed to “Make Big Ideas Bigger” by encouraging our members to create startups that are scalable. We provide startups the unique opportunity to connect with early stage investors and venture capitalists who are ready to invest. Culminating at the 40th Annual Conference & Exposition in September, the winning team will be awarded a $50,000 Grand Prize, with additional to prizes for 2nd place and a 3rd prize called the People’s Choice Award.

If you think your startup embodies a “Big Idea” that can be even bigger, this challenge is for you! 


The top three teams, selected by judges, will be awarded cash prizes. The audience will also the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner, which will also receive a cash prize.

   1st Prize: $50,000

   2nd Prize: $10,000

   3rd Prize: $1,500

   People’s Choice Award: $1,000

Congratulations 2018 Scale-Up Pitch Challenge Winners!

1st: Neu, Inc. – Kwame Boler

2nd: A Dozen Cousins – Ibraheem Basir

3rd: – CJ Mitchell

People’s Choice: A Dozen Cousins – Ibraheem Basir