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Each year, in honor of Black Philanthropy Month, we are pleased to host the Purpose Pitch Tour to showcase ideas and projects from purpose-driven visionaries and Founders. This year is no exception, with two (2) rounds of competition on May 18th (Charlotte, NC) and August 16th (Baltimore, MD).

Selected candidates will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges and event attendees for a chance to win 1 of 2 microgrants:

  • 1st Place - $1,000 microgrant, a Diamond membership to MCWEN, social media brand update, and business coaching. ($2,500 value)

  • 2nd Place - $500 microgrant, a Gold membership to MCWEN, and business coaching. ($1,500 value)

Applicants will be judged on innovation, sustainability, and potential for growth. We are especially interested in women of color-led entities in the startup, or early growth stages. If that's you, submit the application by below for a chance to win. 

Rules & Eligibility:

  • Applicants do not need to be a member of MCWEN to apply. However, the application fee for non-members is $50, and discounted for MCWEN members. 

  • Current and former staff and Local Coordinators for MCWEN are ineligible to apply. 

  • Applicants must have a legally-registered entity. Proof of registration will be required. 

  • Applications must be completed fully and submitted by deadline
    (May 14th - Spring Competition, an August 3rd - Summer Competition).

  • Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

  • Only one representative is allowed to pitch per organization. Colleagues, family and friends may attend for free and to network by reserving a Purpose Pitch Tour "general admission" ticket here.

2024 Purpose Pitch Application
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If you will be using a PowerPoint during your 5-minute pitch, please upload.  We recommend including: the pain points (a problem, real or perceived) your organization solves, your competitive advantages, any areas of challenges and plans for financial viability for the next two (2) years. Please note that pitch decks not submitted with the application will not be permitted for use during presentation. 

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