This event could not be possible without the generous support of companies, institutions, and individuals committed to addressing barriers to entrepreneurial action.


Platinum Sponsors:

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Silver Sponsors:

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Bronze Sponsors:

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About sponsorship

We have a shared belief that entrepreneurship can change the trajectory of families, communities, and the world. We also believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to bring an idea to life, to rise or fall on the merits and the value that is created. The statistics show that far too few Black-founded and led businesses benefit from the catalysts of venture funding.


You have seen the statistics. The gap in funding faced by Black business founders is staggering. Studies show that only 1% of all venture-backed companies have Black founders. We are convening student-founders and recent alumni from U.S. colleges and universities to showcase their businesses to investors and compete for cash prizes and investments. We invite you to partner with us in this effort.


We enthusiastically invite corporations, entrepreneurship support organizations, and individuals interested in promoting entrepreneurship among Black founders to join us as sponsors and partners.


Opportunities for sponsorships include the following. Sponsorships will go towards prizes and program administration, and prize levels will be determined by the amount raised prior to the event:

  • Diamond: $50,000 donation
  • Platinum: $30,000 donation
  • Gold: $25,000 donation
  • Silver: $10,000 donation
  • Bronze: $5,000 donation
  • Supporter: $1,000 donation


We also invite you to sponsor at any amount, which will be used to provide support and resources for the semi-finalists and increate the prize pool.


All sponsors will be acknowledged in promotional materials, including the event website, social media, press releases, and email campaigns.

Please contact Stephen Fusi stephen.fusi@duke.com for more information on sponsorship.