Black Connect announces the call for entries to FeverPitch - a virtual business pitch competition. This year, FeverPitch is being presented by Black Connect in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank as part of Tech Gives Back 2020. FeverPitch will be hosted live on on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST. Current and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to submit entries until September 18 2020 at

FeverPitch is an initiative curated by Black Connect that provides a platform for Black entrepreneurs and business owners across all industries to gain insight from and exposure to venture capitalists and potential investors, community and corporate leaders, executives, seasoned and successful entrepreneurs and professional, disruptors and more.

“The goal of FeverPitch is to build, empower and boost Black Connect’s startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship by bringing entrepreneurs, corporates, investors and the public together, helping to create innovation and networking hubs and populate and cultivate Black Connect’s pipeline of entrepreneurs,” says Alvin Jones, II, Executive Director of Black Connect.

Participants will have the opportunity to be coached by 100 professionals, venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley Bank who are participating in Tech Gives Back 2020. “The valuable contributions and commitment of Silicon Valley Bank in support of our FeverPitch initiative is helping to advance Black Connect’s mission of eliminating the racial wealth gap in America and beyond,” added Angela Majette, President and Co-Founder of Black Connect.

Submissions will be judged on viability, presentation, innovation, readiness, and impact. Ideas in development, as well as developed products, will be accepted and considered. 10 Finalists will be selected to pitch in the virtual event on October 8th.

Submit business plans, pitch deck, videos, photos, and/or resume to Those without a business plan or pitch deck may apply by completing the entry form at

Deadline for entries: Friday, September 18, 2020

To learn more and to sponsor, visit

About Black Connect

Black Connect is the only national 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated solely to eliminating the racial wealth gap in America by increasing the number and success rate of Black-owned businesses. Membership is open to small businesses, entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profit organizations, college students, and any individual that supports the mission. Connect with us on and download the Black Connect mobile app for Android in Google Play and IOS in the App Store. is a business and social network created to enable entrepreneurial activities and promote the socioeconomic growth and empowerment of the Black Community. is the most comprehensive business and social networking platform with members across the United States, Caribbean, Africa, and the United Kingdom.

About Silicon Valley Bank

For more than 35 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. Learn more at

About Tech Gives Back

Tech Gives Back is an interactive event initially created to provide the tech community with an opportunity to work alongside their colleagues and peers to positively contribute to their communities. In 2019, more than 3,000 professionals from over 200 companies in 11 U.S. states, Canada, the United Kingdom, China and Israel volunteered thousands of hours in one of the largest community service events of the year.

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