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Businesses and start-up ventures are invited to take part in a competition by Black Market Street called "Ready, Set, Pitch" on March 31. 

Black Market Street is sponsored by the G.I. Jones Foundation and Levi's Grace, Inc. with the aim of promoting Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurship. 

The competition involves submitting videos where participants pitch products and services for cash prizes. The top three winners will receive $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively. 

The top 10 entries will be invited to take part in the G.I. Jones Foundation Small Business Boot Camp where they will be given advice on pitching ideas to potential investors. 

The top 20 pitch videos will be eligible for sponsored promotion of their business. 

The competition will also highlight businesses owned by women as March will be Women's History Month. 

“By encouraging entrepreneurship and economic growth in traditionally underrepresented communities, we contribute to improving disparities in healthcare, housing, education and other critical areas,” said Terri Reynolds, cofounder of Levi’s Grace, Inc.

“The indirect outcomes of economic empowerment, particularly in maternal and infant health, are central to the mission of Levi’s Grace.”

Black Market Street lists the following criteria to be eligible for the competition. 

  • Videos must be 90 seconds or less
  • The use of profanity is prohibited, and no copyrighted content can be used.
  • The pitch must be focused on a business, product, service, and/or brand.
  • Additional details can be found at www.blackmarketstreet.org

To submit pitches email info@blackmarketstreet.org

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