Black Connect's FeverPitch 2021: NYC Finalists Announced

The 7 innovative Black entrepreneurs will present their businesses in Black Connect's virtual pitch competition on May 19th
By: Black Connect
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NEW YORK - May 13, 2021 - PRLog -- Today, the New York City Chapter of Black Connect unveiled the 7 entrepreneurs who will present their start-up business in the first round of  Black Connect's annual pitch competition, FeverPitch. The competition will stream live on on May 19, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm. EST.  Public voting will take place during the event.

FeverPitch is a national initiative curated by Black Connect that provides a platform for Black entrepreneurs and business owners across all industries and in all stages of development to gain insight from and exposure to venture capitalists and potential investors, community and corporate leaders, executives, seasoned and successful entrepreneurs and professionals, disruptors and more.

FeverPitch 2021 will be held in two rounds of virtual competition - local and national.  The Tampa, Tulsa, and New York City Chapters of Black Connect will each host a local FeverPitch in their respective cities.  The winners of the local competitions will win a $2,500 business grant and advance to the national competition in October along with two wildcard entries that will be selected from around the country to compete for a $10,000 business grant.

The New York City Chapter's FeverPitch is sponsored by Braze and employees of the technology powerhouse will help serve as judges.  "New York City's Black community has been particularly devastated by the pandemic and we are delighted to partner with Braze to provide guidance and funding to Black entrepreneurs who need help launching or growing a small business," said Samuel Manning, President of the New York City Chapter of Black Connect.

Entries were submitted from the Greater New York City Area.  Finalists were determined by viability, presentation, innovation, readiness, and impact.  This year's finalists represent a wide variety of industries, experiences, and backgrounds.

The 7 NYC Finalists and their businesses are:
  • Camile Delva - Founder of Skin Releaf
  • Wilbur Pack, Jr. - Founder of B. Brave by SK WiLBUR
  • Marvin Johnson -  Founder of Dashible
  • Lionel Durant -  Founder of The Black Inventor's Bus
  • Notoya Steadman - Founder of aMZN Sophistication
  • Michael Peterson - Founder of The Ones to Call
  • Kim Magloire - Founder of To the Point
Learn more about the finalists and their businesses online at:

For more information on FeverPitch 2021 and to enter the competition visit  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact to inquire. To join Black Connect and start a local chapter in your area visit


About Black Connect  is proud to be the only national 501(c)(3) membership and chapter-based organization dedicated solely to eliminating the racial wealth gap in America by increasing the number and success rate of Black-owned businesses. Membership is open to any individual or entity that supports the mission.  In addition to programs and services, we partner with to provide our members with a tools-based business and social network that enables entrepreneurial activities and promotes the socioeconomic growth and empowerment of the Black community. Download the Black Connect mobile app for Android in Google Play ( and IOS in the App Store (

About Braze

Braze is a comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers relevant and memorable experiences between consumers and the brands they love. Context underpins every Braze interaction, helping brands foster human connection with consumers through interactive conversations across channels that deliver value quickly and continuously. The company was named a Leader in Forrester's 2020 Mobile Engagement Automation Wave™ report and was recognized as one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces two years in a row. Braze is headquartered in New York with offices in Chicago, London, San Francisco, Singapore, and Tokyo. Learn more at


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