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Is BGV Events The New Funding For Black Business Owners?

Let’s start off by saying if you haven’t attended a Black Girl Ventures event or watched their streamed content, you have missed out on a GEM….periodt. The unique poems of empowerment at the beginning of each event by Shelly Bell, brings out the Queen in any woman. Wait, have we gotten too far ahead in the story because we are still riding the BGV high? Probably. Let’s start over.

Who is BGV?

Black Girl Ventures’ mission is to provide Black/Brown woman-identifying founders with access to community, capital, and capacity building in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship. Addressing the unique challenges Black/Brown women face in accessing social and financial capital to grow their businesses. The BGV Style pitch competition is the largest pitch competition globally for Black/Brown women founders. It uniquely combines the premise of Shark Tank and Kickstarter by activating community participation in donating to support women-owned businesses directly.

Immediately being floored by seeing us, with our hair, with our skin complexion, with our accent, with our flair, with our aura and energy that we bring to the scene was worth it and remarkable. Being able to see with our own eyes that we are in positions that can make the difference for our community. Knowing that someone like Kiana Thompson who is the hair care buyer for Walmart, meaning that she is placing high-quality products for our hair and making at it as accessible to us products that are for us and also provide an opportunity for us to get into big department stores like that. Those are life changing, life altering positions to be in and to know that we Black people are in these positions means so much that words cannot describe.

Black Girl Ventures was created by Shelly Bell. BGV events is a place where BIPOC women are able to pitch their business to potentially get funding from the founders. The audience and the viewers are able to support the businesses directly through donations and votes using Risify.co. They have these events showcasing women all around the country as well you can view current and previous event here. If you or another brand that you support is in this competition I am strongly encourage you to go to vote, promote and support.

Who To Support?

You can watch any of the previous pitch competitions, for exposure to women owned businesses that are killing the entire game. Or you can hop right in on their latest event this month with Nike. This Pitch competition is spicy and we have it bookmarked in our calendar for every round. See who the Finalist and contestants are.

Finalist

We wanted a traditional agua fresca, without all the added sugar – but it didn’t exist. Inspired by perfectly delicious, fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste, and fueled by a passion to create something culturally authentic, unique, better for the planet, and beautiful, we created Agua Bonita.

The Fit In was created to serve a need. A need for quality health and wellness for all. The Fit In’s fitness studios set up in fitness deserts to provide quality fitness to underserved areas. The Fit In’s Shop continues this mission by providing access to health and fitness related products to those long underserved by the industry. The Shop provides our diverse community with awareness and access to brands that truly believe in health for all.

Mossy Mob is the go to place for all you sea moss needs. Sea Moss is a species of red algae which provides the natural nutrients and minerals the body & skin requires in order to build a healthy body inside & out! Sea Moss contains 92 of the 102 minerals your body needs to thrive. These natural vitamins and minerals promote fast thick long hair growth and beautiful glowing skin. Nutrients you receive from Sea Moss will help hydrate and promote healthy skin.

It all started with that first dribble on a dirt road growing up in the Midwest. Basketball started as an outlet and a way to make friends, and then became Jasmine’s identity. She learned from playing all kinds of sports AND building brands in sports. Round21, wants to elevate the sense originality and creative expression that’s in every player, starting with what’s most core to their identity – their sport.

Support these finalist by voting for them. Voting Closes on May 7th 2021 11:59pm EST. Black Girl Ventures is one of a kind and we as a community should support as much as possible. Remember a Like, Comment, and Share is free and can go a long way.

Check out Black Girl Ventures on Youtube, Instagram and their website.

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