Pine-Sol and ESSENCE launched the Build Your Legacy Contest on March 1st and had over six hundred entrants sharing their stories.
While we set out to award $100,000 to one Black woman entrepreneur initially, to address the demand, we decided to double our commitment and give a total of $250,000.
Now, our Grand Prize winner will receive $150,000, and our two remaining semi-finalists will also receive $15,000 each. Finally, we are awarding seven additional entrants $10,000 each for their business.
Pine-Sol and ESSENCE are proud of our commitment to empowering Black female entrepreneurs.
Please meet our winners!
Founded and led by Ward 7 resident, Mary Blackford, Market 7’s mission is to revitalize and restore the economic stability, holistic health, and the social needs of the residents in Ward 7 by developing sustainable commerce within the community. Over the last 3 years Market 7 has worked with 60 black-owned businesses in the Washington, DC area to create alternative community market pop-ups that includes fresh food, lifestyle products, and home items in Ward 7.
Market 7’s new project is a 7,000 sq ft food hall that will include a community grocery store and several food stall incubations that will represent culinary favorite sfrom across the Diaspora. The objectives of the new food hall are to alleviate food deserts in Ward 7 by creating a marketplace sourced with products and food concepts by Black-owned businesses, promote good health through sustainable lifestyle products, and build an ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs in an effort to cultivate access to educational resources, inspire innovation, and build profitable enterprises.
Market 7’s new food hall is slated to open in 2021.
To learn more, visit www.market7dc.com.
To learn more, visit www.financialgarden.com.
To learn more, visit www.blackpeoplewillswim.com.
Through her work on complex heirs property matters, Mavis met hundreds of individuals and families grappling with joint ownership of their family land without knowledge and resources to do so effectively and peacefully. The issues ranged from identifying who the co-owners are to sharing expenses to making important legal decisions, and more- all issues that resonated with Mavis as an heirs property owner herself. So, Mavis joined forces with her longtime friend and consultant, Otis, to create HeirShares.
HeirShares is developing a suite of tools that guides families from ownership resolution to sustainable, consensus-based land use. The first tool, TreeBuilder, empowers users to unlock critical information about their family’s land ownership through the use of family tree information, legal interpretation, and algorithms.
"We're more than a Pilates studio, we are a place for connection and community," says Tiffany. “Harlem, this is for us.”
To learn more, visit www.harlempilates.com.
As founding Executive Director, Janei Maynard is working to create a space where everyone feels safe & empowered to express themselves and build connections in her hometown. Since 2011, she has dedicated herself as a dancer and scholar to hip hop equity, hip hop education, and hip hop feminism. Janei created 5th Element Center for Dance to fill a void that she saw in her community, surrounded by some of the most talented dancers she's ever known yet knowing that none of them would have had a fighting chance in the dance field as kids and teens because of the systemic race and class barriers. 5th Element Center for Dance is fighting against these barriers, furthering race and class equity in the dance community, and creating space for low-income students and Black & Brown students in the field of dance.
To learn more, visit www.fifthelementdance.org.
To learn more, visit www.tradestjamco.com.
It features an entertainment bar where you simply attach your smart device, turn on your child’s favorite show, and shampoo their hair without the hassle. Kia-Shun’s daughter, Karter was the inspiration for inventing this shampoo mat. Her head full of thick, curly hair gave Kia-Shun a tough time shampooing it in the bathtub, so she started thinking of ways to make it easier on the both of them. ShampooTime is reinventing washdays for generations to come.
To learn more, visit www.loveshampootime.com.
Khalilah holds a BA in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia State University. Khalilah attributes much of her success to her amazing village of family and friends.
To learn more, visit www.iscreamroll.com.
As CEO of VisuWall, Wu has been honored as Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs for 2017 and 2018. She was the first Place Winner at Black Women Talk Tech Pitch Competition 2018, a graduate scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses program, participated in XRC Labs, Cohort 6 and was a presenter at TEDx Fulton Street 2018. VisuWall was also a finalist on Meet the Drapers and a presenter at ShopTalk Startup Pitch Competition Q1, 2019.
To learn more, visit https://visuwall.com.