Pitch competitions are fast becoming very popular for those wishing to
get cash for their start-up ventures. Dawn Dickson is one of those
entrepreneurs. Recently, she competed against three companies and took home the
$25,000 cash prize at the Essence Festival 2015 for the PowerMovesNOLA
‘Big Break’ pitch competition.
Following her many successes, interior designer Courtney
Sloane has opened a brick-and-mortar store in Jersey City, NJ, called
Sloane Square, a lifestyle retail showroom. Sloane, creative and artistic director of 20-year-old Courtney Sloane
Design, is an award-winning interior designer whose roster of A-list
clients has included the likes of Queen Latifah, Diddy and Jay-Z.
In June, Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business
Administration, announced that Mike Muse of Muse Recordings was named SBA’s My Brother’s
Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion. The role is another accomplishment in a long list for the co-founder of Muse Recordings.
Kofi Frimpong doesn’t play around when he gets an idea. This
twenty-something Princeton grad is a successful serial entrepreneur who founded MealTics, an online crowdfunding
platform that makes it easy for people to donate meals from their
favorite restaurants to local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
The concept behind a website called Freshsessions is plain, simple, and
successful: it helps artists book studio time and find studio
engineers easily. And it was created by a young African American
entrepreneur named Dan Miller.
The website for a San Francisco-based art and design studio called Mind
Traveler Design says its team is made up of dreamers and visionaries.
Specializing in character development for video games and film, the
boutique firm seems to approach the industry with a mix of quirky humor,
a bit of irreverence and a lot of creativity.
When Tricia Lee opened up Polish Bar in Brooklyn in 2005, it was a
new concept. And actually, it was Brooklyn’s first nail polish bar. Lee came up with the idea after working for MAC Cosmetics for eight
years. In the years since Lee launched her trendsetting business, many have followed but Polish Bar has survived and thrived.