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Southeast Raleigh Innovation Challenge: Final Pitch Event By the Community For the Community

What: Southeast Raleigh Innovation Challenge: Final Pitch Event and Winner Selection When: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Raleigh Convention Center – Room 402 – 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

Who: United Way of the Greater Triangle, Wake County, the City of Raleigh, and Southeast Raleigh Promise Photo Opps: Pitches with visuals, MC and keynote speakers, and awards presentation

Details: United Way of the Greater Triangle has partnered with Wake County, the City of Raleigh, Southeast Raleigh Promise, and the Carolina Small Business Development Fund to bring together residents and businesses in Southeast Raleigh to create a powerful vision for their future through the Southeast Raleigh Innovation Challenge. The Challenge will fund ideas to help bring jobs, resources, and support for innovation to help fuel the economic engine that is vital to this historic part of Raleigh.

After an initial pitch and months of coaching and skill development, the pool of ideas has been narrowed to five finalists. On Friday, October 20th at 6:30 pm, the finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to a distinguished panel of judges including: Zurilma Anuel from the Carolina Small Business Development Fund; LaChaun Banks from NC Growth – Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Bill O’Boyle of North State Consulting; Michael Leach from the Governor’s Office of Public Engagement; and Kendrick Williams of the John Wall Family Foundation.

The pitch ideas include: No Fridays for Music by Jana Avery; Barber School by Major Best, Players2Pros by Keschia Martin, Word of God Christian Academy Tech Career Pathways by Lydia Newman; and Yoga4us by Malikia Robertson.

The Mistress of Ceremony is Mikaya Thurmond, an Emmy nominated television reporter from WRAL. The evening’s keynote speaker is Greg Hill, host of The Minority Trailblazer Podcast. The prize pool is over $100,000.


About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A focus on children and their families in low-income households uses a collaborative, two-generational approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more at  

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