the Black Capital Study + Projects

If you are an innovator or an entrepreneur in Iowa and you are interested in sharing your stories and info so we can build an increasingly inclusive ecosystem for innovation, please let us know. We would love to get to know you better.

We heard a few hours ago UNI got sponsorship to host the Black & Brown Business Summit + Pitch Competition's live-streaming viewing party here on campus at the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). Please join us in the comfy lounge area with the big-screen TV in the Business and Community Services Building (BCS 13). We are located on the South side of campus, where there is a lot of parking (across the street from the $41M construction project).  There is full cost has been covered by generous sponsors.
UNI Alum, K. Burt, owner of Kut Kings has been selected as one of the eight finalists. Here is his story: [🎧 podcast] or [🎥 video] 

Thu. April 20, 3-5 PM

🟣 3:00 - 5:00 PM     Pitch Competition 

Fri. April 21, 9-10

🟢 9:00  AM   Opening Keynotes 

🔵 10:15  AM  Entertainment, Media & Technology Industry or Marketing & Social Media

🔴 11:30 PM Mergers & Acquisitions/Partnerships/Scaling your Business/How to Get Your Products in Stores or How to Work with Government Contracts/Submit RFPs (English & Spanish option)

🟡 2:00 - 4:00 PM  Celebration, then Closing Keynote

Please register here.

The goal of the Athene Black & Brown Business Summit & Pitch competition is to help advance the minority business community across the country and position Iowa as the best place in the nation to start and lead a minority business. 40+ of Iowa’s most prominent corporations, non-profits, and economic development government entities have locked arms to sponsor this important summit.