What's Pitch Black?

Pitch Black is a business competition designed to promote entrepreneurship in diverse communities in the Midwest. The competition features local business owners and start-ups who are competing for a chance to win $10,000. Local and national speakers will share their entrepreneurial journeys at the event.

Join the MAC and Pitch Black in promoting entrepreneurship in the black and minority communities in Nebraska, and the Midwest. We need businesses and community partners like you, in order to make this happen.

Eligibility

The competition is open to for profit businesses, in any industry that meets the following criteria. Registrations open October 1, 2021 and close April 1, 2022.

1.
This competition is for emerging business owners with startups or new businesses. Business must be formed or will be formed in the state of Nebraska.
2.
Individual entrants or 51% of owners of corporate applicants, must be residents of the state of Nebraska. Business must be a for-profit entity.
3.
Individual entrants or 51% of owners of corporate applicants, must be members of an ethnic minority group.
4.
Business must submit their application before April 1, 2022.

Pitch Process - How it works

Application Submissions

Participants prepare and submit their applications and all relevant documents based on Pitch Black competition guidelines and terms and conditions before the deadline of April 1, 2022.

Community Judge Review

Contestants will participate in 3 preliminary rounds in May, June and July. A different panel of four judges (local business leaders) will coach the contestants and select the top-ranked contestants in each round.

Final 5 selection

Panel of four judges makes their selection of the 5 top-ranking participants based on the scoring guidelines after the third and final preliminary judging round. Then the 5 finalists make their live pitch during the main event on August 6, 2022.

Finalist Pitch Day and Award

Contestants make their pitch live in front of an audience of over 300 people. Successful and established business owners will judge the finale. The winners of the competition will receive cash prizes along with legal, accountin, and marketing service.

2022 Timeline

Prize Amounts

Speakers

Contestants

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Sponsorship

Join us and sponsor our business pitch competition. We will be awarding three finalists, funds to start, or grow their existing business. Our event will feature innovative speakers and hundreds of attendees.

Presenting Catalyst Sponsor

$25,000

  • Recognition as the Official Presenting Sponsor of the Event
  • Premium seating and registration for 20 attendees
  • Two years of Chamber membership
  • Ubuntu Mixer invitation-only event
  • Promotion at the pre-event Ubuntu Mixer
  • Six months sponsorship of the monthly Power Hour events
  • Three months sponsorship of Roll Call Networking events
  • Exclusive Awards Sponsor: Name on Pitch Black Awards
  • Promotion on all Chamber Social media platforms
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page with reference link
  • Company logo included in promotional videos
  • Full-page ad in the event program
  • Company logo on the event backdrop
  • Item(s) from company included in the attendees’ bag
  • Company executive/representative(s) to be one of the finale judges

Platinum Sponsor Level - Innovator

$15,000

  • Premium seating and registration for 10 attendees
  • 1 year of Chamber membership
  • Ubuntu Mixer invitation-only event
  • Three months sponsorship of Roll Call Networking events
  • Promotion on all Chamber Social media platforms
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page
  • Company logo included in promotional videos
  • Company logo on the event backdrop
  • Official Luncheon Sponsor
  • Item(s) from company included in the attendees’ bag
  • Company executive/representative(s) to be one of the finale judges
  • Full-page ad in the event program

Gold Sponsor Level - Accelerator

$10,000

  • Registration for 10 attendees
  • 1 year of Chamber membership
  • Promotion on all Chamber Social media platforms
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page
  • Company logo on the event backdrop
  • Item(s) from company included in the attendees’ bag
  • Company representative to be one of the judges
  • 1/2 page ad in the event program

Silver Sponsor Level – Partner

$5,000

  • Registration for 8 attendees
  • 1 year of Chamber membership
  • Promotion on all Chamber Social media platforms
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page
  • Company logo on the event backdrop
  • Item(s) from company included in the attendees’ bag
  • 1/4 page ad in the event program

Bronze Sponsor Level - Supporter

$2,500

  • Registration for 6 attendees
  • 1 year of Chamber membership
  • Promotion on all Chamber Social media platforms
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page
  • Item(s) from company included in the attendees’ bag

Copper Sponsor Level - Fan

$1,000

  • Registration for 4 attendees
  • 1 year of Chamber membership
  • Company logo on Pitch Black event page

Thank you to our sponsors and partners




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Tickets

Individual Ticket – Members

$50


    Individual Ticket – Non Members

    $60


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