As Blacks in Tech strives to provide support for entrepreneurs, founders, and startups, we invite you to participate in our pitch competition during BITCON2018. This is a great opportunity to share your startup with VCs as well as your peers.


Competition Rules

  •  Interested Pitch Competitors must submit an online application with a copy of their executive summary.


  • 180 seconds maximum, per pitch.


  • Teams are permitted, with a maximum of 5 participants. Group pitches are still subject to a strict 180 second time-limit. Teams may choose to have one person speak, or try and incorporate all members.


  • No PowerPoint presentations permitted. Handheld and wearable props and prototypes only.

Preliminary Round

  • Each startup will be given 3 minutes to pitch their business to an expert panel of judges comprised of investors, executives, thought-leaders, and select members of Blacks in Tech.

  • Presentations will be followed by 3-5 minutes of Q&A with the panel, with answers expected to be quick and concise.

Final Round

  • The top three finalist groups will be selected to present during the final round. Each finalist group will be given 5 additional minutes to further pitch their business to the panel, as well as in front of their conference peers.


  • Winners will be determined by a combination of judges and conference peers in attendance. Awards will be given to the top performing pitches.


  • $1,000 in cash and prizes!

Guest Judges

Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator

Ron Guerrier

CIO Express Scripts

Rodney Marable

Senior Technical Account Manage, Amazon Web Services

Sam Ndley


Submission Guidelines

  • Pitch competition is open to conference attendees. Pitch competition entries must be submitted via our online registration form no later than Thursday October 4th, 2018 by 5:00pm EST. Only 1 submittal per team/per person.  


  • Teams will be notified by email no later than Saturday October 6th, 2018 if they are selected to present in front of the panel of judges.

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