Startup Pitch Competition


What is the AfroTech Startup Pitch Competition?

The AfroTech Startup Pitch Competition brings some of the top Black early stage startups together on one stage to pitch and compete. The judges include Blavity Co-founder Aaron Samuels, YC’s Michael Siebel, 500 Startup’s Monique Woodard, and Kapor Capital’s Brian Dixon.


How it works


Preliminary Round
On Friday, the semi-finalists will do 5-minute elevator pitches in front of peers and the first set of judges. There will then be a 5 minute Q&A from the judges.
Final Round
The Startups will be then narrowed down to 5 who will present on Saturday’s Main Stage in front of the whole AfroTech conference. Startups will give a 8-10 minute presentation to the crowd and judges. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards during Saturday’s program.

AfroTech registration fees and hotel accommodations in San Francisco are sponsored by The Ford Fund, Men of Courage Program.
Afrotech Pitch Prize
The winner will win the Afrotech Cup and more from our Afrotech partners!


Congratulations to our list of Semi-finalists


  • Gabriel Pendleton of AudioStaq
  • Jonathan Richards of Honest Alumni
  • Darryl Perkins of WeChipN
  • Richard Mokuolu of Inventaprint
  • Justin Wilson of HolyTomatoes
  • Marceau Michel of werkhorse
  • Shani Dowell of Possip
  • Ronnie Cropper of DisputeDoc
  • Russell Ladson of Drop