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Black Girl Ventures Program

BGV Pitch

A hybrid program combing pitch with crowdfunding

What is it?

The BGV Pitch Program flips the traditional pitch experience on its head: we coach entrepreneurs, host a live crowdfunded pitch competition, then connect them to community and professionals to support them on their journey. We democratize funding by allowing the audience to vote with their dollars using the Raisify platform for the founders whose pitch they favor. Each founder has 3 minutes to pitch and a 3 minute Q&A from the audience.


The person with the most votes wins (not the most money raised). The live-crowdfunding event is a high-energy, fun, focused, and supportive environment that includes community in being a part of the entrepreneurial journey.

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During the Pitch Program Participants will:

Create a 3 minute pitch for their business
Engage in 2 pitch practices to help them effectively deliver their pitch for the competition and beyond
Pitch at our live event, then fundraise via Raisify to gain access to capital on top of placing in the competition.
Enter the BGV Universe through our Alumni program and gain access to capital, connections, resources, and exclusive updates and offerings

Applications are now being accepted for our spring program.

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What you'll gain

  • 1st Place Winner: $15K

  • 2nd Place Winner: $10K

  • 3rd Place Winner: $5K

  • Money raised from the audience’s votes on

  • Membership to the BGV Connect Incubator

  • Direct funding and access to a new network of business owners and investors.   

  • Discounts on HubSpot + access to training.

  • Access to Canva for 1 year.

How to apply

Read through the program information to understand how it works. 
Complete the application form 
Await notification of selected participants
What You'll Gain


If I apply for the program, am I automatically admitted? 
Enrollment is limited. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Information submitted will not be released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant. 

How many founders will be selected for the program?

The Final 7 founders will be notified of their acceptance into the program.

Do I have to know how to pitch to apply?
No, prior pitch experience is encouraged but not required.

 I applied for the program, now what?
Stay tuned for more info. If you have questions, email
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