Have A Business Idea That Can Help Improve Your City? Here's How You Can Win $5,000 & A Trip To ESSENCE Fest

ESSENCE is ready to help you take your business idea to the next level. Enter for your chance to win today!

Rachaell Davis May, 05, 2017

Are you an established or aspiring business owner with a great idea geared toward providing a solution for a problem facing urban communities? 

We want to help you take your entrepreneurship goal to the next level with our 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City contest!

Highlighting innovative business concepts that aim to positively impact residents in urban environments, the Pitch City competition powered by USBC CEDC will award (3) finalists with an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 ESSENCE Festival, as well as access to one-on-one coaching sessions with renowned business professionals and access to valuable resources provided by the U.S. Black Chambers. 

ESSENCE Festival 2017 single-night tickets and ticket packages are on sale now! For more info and the latest news, visit our Festival page here.

The three finalists will then compete for the grand prize of $5,000 for their business at the ESSENCE Path to Power Conference in New Orleans.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

May 3 – May 18: Submit a 90-second video elevator pitch

May 22: The top 10 highest-scoring submissions will be notified and asked to submit a one-page business plan

May 29: The top 3 finalists will be invited to pitch live at ESSENCE Festival before a group of esteemed judges in New Orleans

So get to work on your perfect pitch and then CLICK HERE to apply now!


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[MUSIC] You think the festival is only about the concerts at night, you're wrong. Not only do we have the best lineup every single night at the Superdome Including concerts at the super lounges. You also have access to some of the most amazing events during the day at the convention center for free all weekend. Come to the Essence Empowerment Experience to hear words of wisdom from some of our greatest minds and check out the beauty convoy at the beauty and style expo. You'll get free products give away, complimentary style consultations, many make overs and much more, you got the Essence eat stage which features a variety of. Chefs that show you how to make southern delights. I can taste it right now. I can't wait. Then there's the Entertainment All Access experience. You can see your favorite celebrities and Essence's best performers in live interviews at center stage. Meet them at the fan zone and watch Exclusive content at the screening room. Where else can you be face to face with your favorite celebs? Nowhere. You can also get financial tips from industry experts and if that wasn't enough, there's even more. [MUSIC] Trust me, you just don't wanna hear about this year, you have to be there. You can be register for the pre expose by downloading the Essence Festival app right now and buy your tickets for the Super Dome concert series. See you all and all the baby. [MUSIC]