Harlem Capital Presents: MORE EQUITY Pitch Competition

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Harlem Capital is thrilled to announce MORE EQUITY — our inaugural pitch competition focused on diverse founders based in NY.

Our competition will highlight some of the best companies led by diverse founders as they compete to win $40,000 in grants (between two winners) and additional prizes from our sponsors. Finalists will be selected to pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

To apply: Please fill out the application (linked below) and submit your pitch deck (12 pages maximum) as a PDF with your company name in the title by March 18, 2020.

Apply Here: Application Link

Please refer to our HCP Pitch Deck Primer for key items to include in your pitch deck.

The Process

Our competition will feature 2 distinct categories: 1) Startups and 2) Small Businesses.

Eligibility Criteria

Startup Category — $30,000 grand prize

  • At least one self-identified woman or underrepresented minority founder or co-founder
  • New York area-based
  • Technology or technology-enabled startup
  • Less than 3 years in operations
  • Raised less than $400,000 in funding to date
  • Previous accelerator experience is acceptable

Small Business Category — $10,000 grand prize

  • At least one self-identified woman or underrepresented minority founder or co-founder
  • New York-based with priority given to Harlem based businesses
  • Less than 3 years in operations
  • Raised less than $400,000 in funding to date

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors TPG, JPMorgan Chase Advancing Black Pathways, Grasshopper Bank, Lerer Hippeau, M12, and RSM for making this event possible and for joining us on our mission to support women and minority founders.

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