The Small Business Series (SBS) will showcase outstanding, Black-owned organizations across Philadelphia that align with the Whitney M. Young pillars of equality and economic empowerment. The series will uplift and support Philadelphia's Black businesses by awarding capital and providing increased exposure and visibility in the greater Wharton ecosystem.
The Small Business Series' inaugural year will set a precedent. It will become a staple for Philadelphia’s small business community and forge the connection to Whitney M. Young’s legacy and future impact in the business world.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the SBS team at email@example.com.
Oct. 4, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021 at 11:59 EST
Open Application Period
Application Screening Process
Top 20 Semi-finalists Announced
Workshop Modules for Top 20 Semi-finalists
Delivery of Short Pitches by Top 20 Semi-finalists
Top 10 Finalists Announced & One-on-one Office Hours with NVC Mentors
To be eligible to participate in the SBS, businesses must meet the following criteria:
How sustainable is the business model? Is it unique and can its advantages be defended?
How large and loyal is the customer base? Has revenue grown over time?
How has the business engaged with and improved the Philadelphia community?
Does the team have the skills, strategy, and willingness to continue to expand the business? What are the business' future plans?
The strength of an application submission will be assessed against the following four category areas:
Selected NVC finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their new venture in front of a panel of esteemed judges and compete for a chance to win up to $175,000 in non-equity financing and other in-kind prizes to springboard their businesses
Selected NVC finalists will have the opportunity to connect for two one-on-one sessions with our NVC mentors to further refine their pitch and seek additional business guidance on their ventures
For inquiries and more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org