It sounds like a cliché, but it’s the truth: each year the competition gets tougher! This year, 17 business-minded and daring individuals entered submissions to the Perfect Pitch IV contest. Let us begin by saying CONGRATULATIONS to all 17 contestants, because we know that submitting required a lot of courage, preparation and energy. After tallying the scores from our illustrious panel of judges, we are ecstatic to announce the following three finalists:

 

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Chukwudum Chukwudebelu, CHUMZ

In the fall semester of 2014, I had a couple of textbooks that I tried to sell to the bookstores, but they were offering me next to nothing in return—$10 or $20 back for books I bought for about $150 and so on. Feeling discouraged, I decided to try to sell them online as an alternative and a found a website that bought them back for $50 and up per book (still only 1/3 of what I had spent). I then started to wonder: if the bookstores are going to continue to drive prices upwards whilst keeping buy-back percentages low, why can’t we recycle the textbooks and resell them to other college students who would buy at a less expensive and negotiated prices? I immediately contacted Kareem Garriga, our technical writer, about this bare-bones idea and together, we conceived the implementation of a software platform where college students could buy,sell,swap, and rent their textbooks.

Instagram: @ichumzit | Twitter: @ichumzit

 


 

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Kalilah Wright, Mess In A Bottle

EVER FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO GET A MESSAGE ACROSS? BUT YOU RATHER NOT SAY IT OUT YOUR MOUTH? HERE’S THE PERFECT SOLUTION, WEAR YOUR MESS. OWN IT! DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY WHAT YOU’RE THINKING ON YOUR SHIRT.

MESS IN A BOTTLE IS A NEW T SHIRT COMPANY DEVELOPED IN THE HEART OF BALTIMORE CITY BY ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER, KALILAH WRIGHT. BEING A FREE SPIRITED AND SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL, SHE FREQUENTLY SPEAKS HER MIND. SHE DECIDED TO CREATE THIS T SHIRT LINE TO TELL OTHERS WHAT SHE’S THINKING WITHOUT EVER OPENING HER MOUTH. IT THEN CLICKED. THESE SAYINGS ABOUT LOVE, CAREER, AND LIFE ARE WITTY CATCH PHRASES THAT SPEAK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THESE MESSAGES ARE FEATURED ON YOUR SHIRT AND THEN PACKAGED IN A REUSABLE GLASS BOTTLE.

Instagram: @messinabottle | Twitter: @_messinabottle

 


 

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Victoria Coker, ColoredContent

ColoredContent is the premier source for quality Black web series. The platform was created to amplify the voices of Black media makers by showcasing narratives from a variety of genres, including: comedy, romance, and action. We believe that by creating a place for Black people to share their stories the community will be empowered. ColoredContent.com is a subsidiary of the CLRED Media, Inc.

Instagram: @coloredcontent | Twitter: @coloredcontent

Make sure to follow each one of these rising stars, congratulate them and get your seat front and center to see them pitch live next week on Saturday, November 5th @ 10am at Blogalicious Weekend 2016!