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The Purpose pitch tour

Tiffany Blassingame - The Ferguson School
Congratulations to the 
2021 Virtual Pitch winner:

Tiffany Blassingame

Founder of
The Ferguson School

In honor of Black Philanthropy Month, MCWEN is pleased to host the Purpose Pitch Tour to showcase ideas and projects from purpose-driven visionaries and Founders. Selected candidates will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges and event attendees for a chance to win 1 of 2 microgrants: $250 & a Diamond membership to MCWEN (winner) and $100 & a gold membership to MCWEN (second place). Applicants will be judged on innovation, sustainability, and potential for growth.

We are especially interested in Black women-led nonprofits and social enterprises in the startup, or early growth stages. If that's you, click the link below to submit your application today for a chance to win. 

Application Process & Timeline:

  • Step 1- Register to participate by clicking the link below.

  • Step 2- Pitch competition! 
    Applications will pitch before a panel of judges and meet-up attendees. Each applicant will be able to pitch their business idea for 5 minutes, and receive feedback from expert judges. 


The winner and 2nd-place participant will be announced at the Embracing YOU Conference on August 21, 2021. All applicants will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the virtual announcement session.

Rules & Eligibility:

  • Applicants do not need to be a member of MCWEN to apply. However, application is free to MCWEN members. The application fee for non-members is $15. 

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

  • Applicants must have a legally-registered entity (nonprofit or social enterprise). Proof of registration is required. 

  • Applications must be completed fully and submitted by deadline. 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 their spot using the link below. 

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