Be a Mentor

Washington, D.C.: April 21, 2011

To see 100UE cofounders Dan Carriere and Lucas Riggins in advance TV coverage of the Howard University “Never Stop Pitching!” 60-Second Business-Pitch event, click here and here. To see photos of the event, click here. To watch CNN’s report on the event, click here.

100 Urban Entrepreneurs’ “Never Stop Pitching!” 60-Second Business-Pitch event on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C., was an enormous success. Hosted in conjunction with Howard University and held at the Blackburn Center on campus, the pitch event drew hundreds of D.C.’s most talented urban entrepreneurs, who witnessed 17 of their peers pitch their business for a shot at $10,000 in startup financing and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring. (That’s finalists’ row above.)

By the time the last table had cleared, five of them walked away as the newest entrants in the 100UE funding-and-mentoring program. The fabulous five:

Easy as Pie, a weight-loss, fitness and culinary company for women.
My College Hustle, a business that will connect students who have particular skills with other students who need those skills — enabling students to maximize their income with maximum flexibility.
Size 12, a shoe emporium for taller women who need bigger shoes that are still sleek and stylish.
MyApp, a developer of computer, smartphone and tablet applications for underserved individuals and small businesses.
Oasis Organics, a Detroit-based sustainable-food business dedicated to combating the scourge of “food deserts” — locales in which it’s far easier to get access to fast food and booze than fresh supermarket produce.

The pitch event was hosted by Tracey Lee; the four judges were Magnus Greaves, cofounder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs; Bryan-Michael Cox, Grammy-winning superproducer and 100UE advisory-board member; Brian Banks, a vice president of corporate real estate at ADP; and Jan Baker, a manager at Verizon Wireless.

Midway through the evening, Banks sweetened the pot by noting that he’d be willing to hire three people from the audience for summer jobs at ADP. “We’re in pretty much every major market,” he told the cheering crowd. “Finance, engineering, business, we need all those things.”

If you couldn’t make the Howard University event, don’t worry; we’ll be coming to a city near you soon. Keep your eyes on to see where we’ll be next, and when. And remember: We accept business pitches 24/7 for funding consideration. Click here to submit your idea.

Finally, if you’d like to join the 100UE nationwide movement to help spread the word and create jobs and new businesses throughout urban America, join our Ambassadors program. Rep your city, build your own business skills and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs. If you’d like to join the Ambassadors program, e-mail Charlie Fyffe (a 100UE fundee who spoke at the Howard event) at

Congratulations to the newest members of the 100UE family. Thanks to everyone who showed up and proved that when push comes to shove, you do nothing better than handle your business.