IC Success Pitch Night!

Thanks to everyone who came to support our entrepreneurs on May 28 at IC Success Pitch Night. We heard from some outstanding business owners who all impressed our distinguished panel of judges. We witnessed some remarkable ingenuity and talent in owners developing innovative small businesses that meet the needs of our community and consistently exceed their customers’ expectations. Congratulations to each and every one of them.

We were proud to award seed funding to three deserving businesses. Jada Ivey from XIIXXI (1221) Clothing Sustainability took first place, Shanika Mcknight from Blended Seasons LLC took second place, and Britany McCants from Fidelis Mobility LLC was awarded third place.

At the end of the evening, we had a special surprise for all of our guests, former IC Success Alumnus and poet Jillian Hanesworth of Literary Freedom, LLC, showed everyone her recent Emmy award received for her outstanding film: Choose Love: Buffalo Bills Honor East Buffalo. You can learn more about Jillian and her project here.

Special thanks to our photographer, Pat Cray @yungpainkiller.

At BNMC we are building an Innovation Community where everyone can access great programming and the resources all entrepreneurs need to start or grow their businesses.

To date, BNMC has supported over 500 entrepreneurs, graduated 200 companies from their programs, and engaged more than 1,000 volunteers and supporters championing this effort.