Awards

We believe that grit, persistence, and hustle correlate with long-term entrepreneurial success. We like to encourage that by sponsoring awards at colleges/universities, incubators/accelerators, workforce development organizations, and similar programs. 

   

2022 Minority Innovation Weekend

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Dr. Nao Gamo

Founder and CEO, Neurosonics Medical

“Finally, a program that gives specific guidance and concrete examples to craft my pitch deck, and from an investor’s point of view! Pitch Creator helped me to prepare an investment summary and pitch deck in an efficient way, and I quickly started receiving positive feedback from potential investors. This process was especially helpful for me as I shifted my mindset from preparing an academic presentation, to a business presentation.”

 

Pitch Creator was honored to sponsor our Hustle Award ($1,000) for the entrepreneur who made the most improvement during the pitch preparation process for the 2022 MIW Innovation Weekend business pitch competition.

       

2022 Loyola University Maryland

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Maritza Alcoreza-Dominguez

Founder, Mindful y Radiante

 

This is our second year working with the Loyola University of Maryland to help prepare entrepreneurs for their Baltipreneurs Accelerator program demo day (on 4/27/22).  The University instructors and mentors used our online Foundation Course to prepare entrepreneur finalists for this event. We were excited to sponsor our second annual Hustle Award ($500) for the entrepreneur who made the most improvement during the pitch preparation process on the learning objectives in our online Foundation Course.

     

2022 University of Baltimore

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Clarissa Cozart

Founder, Tailored Fit

“Pitch Creator gave me the tools necessary to not only build my investment summary but to create an impactful slide deck from start to finish. I felt confident during my presentation and won the grand prize.”

 

Video (~1.5 min):  2022 Student Hustle Award – Clarrissa Cozart

This is our sixth year working with the University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We were excited to help prepare finalists for their 2022 Rise to the Challenge Business Pitch Competition and sponsor the Pitch Creator Hustle Award ($500).

 

2021 Johns Hopkins School of Education

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winners

Student Team Led by Yurou Liu

“I did not expect to win the competition because there were so many great presenters. I learned a lot from Pitch Creator while preparing for the competition.” – Yurou Liu

 

In December 2021, The Johns Hopkins School of Education held a virtual, inter-class business pitch competition between 80 students in multiple sections of Introduction to Entrepreneurship in Education (graduate level). Pitch Creator sponsored a Best Pitch Award for a Student Team ($250). Congratulations to Yurou Liu and the BIFROST team!

       

2021 Minority Innovation Weekend Pitch Competition

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Tina Williams-Koroma

Founder, CyDeploy

“I plan on using the pitch I created for this competition with other investors”

 

Summary video (45 sec): Hustle Award – Tina

Award video (2.5 min): Hustle Award – Presentation

The Minority Innovation Weekend (MIW) Summer 2021 Pitch Competition and Innovation Marketplace was sponsored by Fearless Technologies and showcased tech-focused startups that have been launched by a founder of color or by founding teams that include a co-founder of color. Pitch Creator was an education partner and we were honored to sponsor our Hustle Award ($1,000) for the entrepreneur who made the most improvement during the pitch preparation process.

     

2021 University of Baltimore

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Rebecca Thompson

Founder, Crate & Craft Co.

Video (~2.5 min):  2021 Hustle Award – Rebecca Thompson

This is our fifth year working with the University of Baltimore’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We were thrilled to be an education partner again this year and help prepare the student-entrepreneur finalists for the final business pitch competition. We also sponsored the Pitch Creator Hustle Award ($500) for the entrepreneur who made the most improvement on the core learning objectives in our Foundation Course.

   

2021 Loyola University of Maryland

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Matthew Featherstone

Founder, Hiatus Cheesecake

“I really wanted to learn how to pitch when I started this, so this award is certainly an accomplishment for me.”

 

Loyola University of Maryland used our online Foundation Course to prepare 13 entrepreneurs in their Baltipreneurs Accelerator program for their demo day on April 21, 2021. We were excited to sponsor our first Hustle Award ($250) for this event.

           

2020 University of Baltimore

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

James Soldinger

Founder, Flave

“Pitch Creator is an invaluable resource. It not only helped us to have a more focused pitch but a more focused plan for executing our goals as it pertains to the business.”

 

Video (~2.5 min): 2020 Hustle Award – James Soldinger

During covid, the University of Baltimore converted their live business pitch competition (“Rise to the Challenge”) to a virtual pitch event. We were honored to participate and sponsor our Hustle Award ($500) for the student entrepreneur who showed the most improvement during the pitch preparation.

          

2019 University of Baltimore

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Nikia Madison

Video (~2 min): 2019 Pitch Creator Hustle Award – Nikia Madison

For University of Baltimore’s Fall 2019 business pitch competition, Pitch Creator sponsored its Hustle Award ($500) for the student entrepreneur who shows the most improvement during the pitch preparation program.

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2018 University of Baltimore

Pitch Creator Hustle Award Winner

Crystal Santiful

Video (~2.5 min): 2018 Hustle Award – Crystal Santiful

For University of Baltimore’s Fall 2018, “Attman Competitive Business Prize,” Pitch Creator sponsored its Hustle Award ($500) for the student entrepreneur who showed  the most improvement during the pitch preparation program.