Pitch Competition

April 26, 2021

BY Minyetta Nelson

Detroit, MI -

Worldwide -

The Jaylon Smith (of the Dallas Cowboys) Minority Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI) is partnering with Commonwealth to host the 2021 MEI Florida Showcase and Pitch Competition. The competition will be held in Tampa, Florida, on July 9 and will focus on Black, LatinX, and female founders. According to Crunchbase, Black and Latinx founders raised just $2.3 billion in funding, which represents less than 3% of the total $87.3 billion in funding that went to all founders last year. MEI’s competition will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges for a prize of $200,000 in capital. The judges include Smith, Calano Managing Partner Aaron Solano, NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, and Allie Felix, a vice president at Embarc Collective. Application forms can be found here -