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Here are the 5 finalists in the Black Founder Pitch Competition!

After careful deliberation, we’re proud to announce today the 5 founders who will be moving on to our finalist event

On April 19, 2021, we welcomed an incredible group of 20 founders to pitch their businesses at the semi-finalist event of the Black Founder Pitch Competition. We were overwhelmed by the brilliance and ingenuity of every pitch, and we thank everyone who took the time to share their passion projects. 

Our 5 finalists will return on April 27 to participate in  a virtual pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to receive up to $10,000 in cash and potential VC equity funding up to $50,000. Additionally, all finalists will receive a free virtual membership to 1871 for 6-months. 

Congratulations to the following finalists: 

Darius Grandberry, Founder & CEO of LeagueSwype

Robert Hatcher, Co-Founder & CEO of Aurign

Christine Izuakor, Founder & CEO of Cyber Pop-up

Bee Law, Founder, CEO & Head of Product of QuirkChat

Nick Turner, Founder & CEO of DeliverEnd

We hope you’ll join us in cheering on our top 5 finalists at our public and virtual finalist event on 4.27 from 3:00-5:00 PM CST

League Swype


Cyber Pop-up

Quirk Chat



Topics: News, 1871, Black Founder Pitch Competition

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