Black Girl Magic Wins First Prize in Pitch Contest » Dallas Innovates


From experiences for people to products for bulldogs, six founders of The DEC The “Your Level Up” cohort competed for the top three spots, which come with cash prizes and a chance to make an impression on other potential founders and investors.

Each founder had five minutes and could use up to 10 slides to achieve three goals: talk about themselves, provide an overview of their team, and share their financial projections.

One of the people at Red Bird’s Entrepreneur Center was Freddie Harris, who started Giza print in Deep Ellum. He says the DEC Network, which provides tools and resources to entrepreneurs in southern Dallas County, fills a critical need.

“The cool thing about this program and a lot of the programs that come here is that it covers a lot of details that new entrepreneurs might miss,” Harris said. After all, having a good idea and successfully running a business requires different skills.

The “Your Level Up” cohort lasted eight weeks and included 13 participants, six of whom were chosen for the November 3 pitch night. Dominique Hamilton, founder of the Black Girl Magic Museum, and Seun Olubodun, founder of Duke & Winston, were the first and second place winners. They continue on “the big field” on November 17 at 6 p.m.

winner’s circle

Dominique Hamilton

$20,000 winner
Black Girl Magic Museum

An immersive experience of social media, food and culture. For example, check out Loula Williams and Black Wall Street.

Takeaways from the program include learning the costs of customer acquisition and determining your target market.

“I know it says Black Girl Magic Museum, but I want all the girls to know that we are the future. If you can see it, you will believe it and you can achieve it.

Seun Olubodun

$15,000 winner
Duke and Winston

For Bulldogs and their huge fanbase, one of the most popular dog breeds in the world and frequently used by colleges as mascots.

Takeaways from the program include learning how to write an effective pitch and confidently approach investors.

“I said to myself that I would do something that was really close to my heart and even if it is really a niche market, it is important enough for me to build a good brand.”

Amanda Lewis

$10,000 winner

An oral healthcare company that aims to make it something you want to do – not just think of it as something you should do.

Takeaways from the program include how to do effective marketing and how to scale the business from direct-to-consumer, to wholesale.

“I am a dentist by day and CEO by night. I have my own office here in Dallas and I employ three wonderful women who help me run it so I can do it on the side.

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  • Dallas’ Boss Women Media and Capital One Present Fourth Consecutive Black Girl Magic Digital Summit. This year, they aim to reach more entrepreneurs than ever before by streaming the pre-recorded event on Amazon’s Prime Video. The summit will feature 26 founders, CEOs, and executives with tips on how to turn your side hustle into a primary side hustle, and more. From a $100,000 pitch competition (apply by August 12!) and live viewing parties across the United States, get ready for magic.

  • Women entrepreneurs, especially those in the tech world, have something to warm up at home on Thursday during tomorrow’s winter storm: the DEC Network’s inaugural, all-virtual Women X Tech event, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , is designed to help female founders across all tech industries connect, learn, and grow their businesses.

  • The DEC Network, in partnership with Charles Schwab, is calling for founders of color to apply to its BIG IDEA DALLAS cohort by May 16. He calls the seven-week program a “pre-step” in a founder’s journey.

  • The fourth annual Black Girl Magic Summit, presented by Dallas-based Boss Women Media and Capital One, aired Saturday as a video experience on Amazon’s Prime Video. Here’s a look at the winners of her pitch contest, from a Creole fusion-inspired founder to mothers truly waking up to motherhood to a woman on her way to success. The winners had a lot of competition. This year’s competition had 10,033 entrants nationwide, nearly double the number in 2021.

  • Tarsha Hearns, the former director of LiftFund DFW, has been hired by The DEC Network as a senior ecosystem director for South Dallas. “I really see this role as being a face of the Southern Sector small business community, being someone who is going to be a voice, an advocate, and making sure entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need,” said Hearns at Dallas Innovates. .


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