New Voices was pleased with the interest and attention that both the Village and pitch competition received. Our $100K pitch competition is designed to provide valuable “friends & family” capital that is not readily available for diverse founders.
The CES-based competition attracted black female founders from across the country who were interested in receiving the non-dilutive funding.
New Voices is pleased to have awarded eight women of color tech entrepreneurs a total of $100,000 at CES.
Asha Owens of Best Fit: A decision-making app to help students fully understand how school choice can impact outcomes and identify colleges that can provide them with the support and environment to succeed.
Lydia Bassally of NaTakallam: An online language tutoring, cultural exchange and translation services delivered by displaced persons & refugees in Arabic, French, Persian, Spanish, Portuguese and more.
New Voices is pleased with the results of first our CES engagement. Most important, the opportunity was invaluable for the New Voices entrepreneurs.
Erica Plybeah from MedHaul said, “The most useful aspect of CES to me and my business were the connections I developed with the other women in the village, meeting CTA team members in person that I had emailed for about two years, and learning how sell my business in a large trade show environment (this was my first time exhibiting).”
Melissa Bradley serves an advisor the New Voices Foundation and New Voices Fund. She is the former co-chair of the National Advisory Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was recently named one of The Most Entrepreneurial Women Investors in 2018. Bradley is co-founder of Ureeka, a community committed to democratizing economic opportunity and reducing the friction and cost for small business owners to grow their businesses. She is a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. She recently received The Ideas Worth Teaching Award, which celebrates exceptional courses that are preparing future business leaders to tackle society’s largest challenges and create a more inclusive, just and sustainable version of capitalism.