On May 14th, we hosted our 6th Annual People’s Pitch Event to support youth-social entrepreneurs in Oakland.  Due to COVID-19, the 2020 People’s Pitch Event was held via zoom and streamed live on Facebook. You can watch a recording of the entire event by clicking here.

9 teams of youth social entrepreneurs (ages 18-24) from the Youth Hub Fellowship Program presented their proposals for social enterprises to create equity in low-income communities. Each team pitched to a panel of local community leaders for at least $1000 each in seed funding! Despite the enormous challenges of developing a business in the times of COVID-19, the 2020 Youth Hub Fellows demonstrated remarkable resilience and inspired everyone who attended the virtual event with their visionary solutions.

Here are the amazing panelists who volunteered their time to give feedback to the Youth Hub Fellows:

  1. Ace Johnson – Founder/Visionary Director, iVisionary Academy
  2. Aniefre Essien – Brand Manager – Canada, Clif Bar
  3. Anthony Askew, Esq – RespectDetroit Founder
  4. April Fenali – piikup
  5. Arquelle Shaw Community Activist
  6. Chuck Brown – Orion Consulting
  7. Devon White – Co-Founder, WOC & 2019 Youth Hub Fellow
  8. Dr. Candace Harris – Experimental Physicist- Lawrence Livermore Lab
  9. Dr. Chaunise Powell, MSW – Alameda County/ Santa Clara County Social Worker/Title IV-E/ Cal State University East Bay & San Jose State Department of Social Work
  10. Erica Bohler – Founder of Beats and Crates, Management at Bechtel Corporation
  11. Janette Forman, Esq – Obama Foundation, Tom Joyner Foundation
  12. Joseph Hines, M.Ed – Sankofa Aya Consulting Founding Principal
  13. Julia Huang – Morrison & Foerster LLP
  14. Manju Ramachandran – Director of Development, All Stars Helping Kids
  15. Naima McQueen – Executive Director, Alliance for Community Development
  16. Orlando White – LinkedIn
  17. Randy Riggins – Co-Founder, Give TV
  18. Zafirah Mitchel – Facebook

Here are the teams who presented and the funding decisions they received (teams who receive conditional funding are able to address the feedback they received at the pitch event and still receive their seed funding):

  1. Ebony Walker – The Soul of Autism: unconditional funding
  2. D’juan Ewing-Smalls – KOD Beats: unconditional funding
  3. Maurita Ament – Ethical Icon: unconditional funding
  4. Luis Pablo & Martin Pablo – Multilingual Indigenous Interpreters: unconditional funding
  5. India Simpson – Eclectic Kolorplay: conditional funding
  6. De’Ana Brownfield: AIYE: unconditional funding
  7. Keyamo Johnson & Jazmine Williams – UNITE Vallejo: conditional funding
  8. Raquel Collins & Nic Lee – LMKWYT Productions: unconditional funding
  9. Jayden Cummings – iBlinko: unconditional funding

What’s next?

The Youth Hub Fellows and their mentors will continue to meet throughout 2020 gearing up for our end of the year marketplace event, where they will showcase prototypes of their products and services for sale to the community. Over the next 6 months they will continue to collaborate and participate in workshops to move forward on their social entrepreneurship journeys. Stay tuned for more details!

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