Black Business Pitch Competition | October 2017


Our Winners

1st PLACE:

nēdl is the search engine for live audio broadcast.  nēdl is addressing a $39.5B global ad market by letting listeners use Speech Recognition to search live broadcast radio in real-time; eliminating the need to go station-to-station to find news, sports, entertainment, and talk content.  nēdl not only lets you search over 100,000 domestic and international stations, but users can also create their own live audio stations and inject their own speech into the real-time search results so others can discover them by the words they are saying as they speak.


2nd PLACE:

The clothing donations experience has always been a painful and time consuming process and has not been updated for people wanting to do good.  Scoop is leveraging technology to provide a digital transformation and enhanced experience for an industry that has been overlooked.  Scoop is a tech startup, that 'scoops' up peoples unwanted items, and resales and donates them on their behalf so that they can save time and give back.  Furthermore, Scoop helps to close the loop “between the haves and the have-nots” while educating people on sustainable fashion and keeping clothes and other textiles out of landfills.




Ayinde Alakoye is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-founder of his third live broadcast radio streaming venture, nēdl, the real-time search engine for broadcast.  He is a TechCrunch contributor, UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management speaker, USC Marshall School of Business speaker, an Executive Board Member of the Applications Development Alliance and was a recipient of the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Emancipation of Capital Award along with Mark Cuban and Congressman John Lewis. 


A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Tulani Watkins majored in Business Administration – Entrepreneurship, focusing on various industries of interest.  She began her career in the entertainment industry where she was key in developing the TV Research department at one of the top agency firms in Hollywood; later she went on to help the USC Black Alumni Association reach many fundraising milestones and programming goals.  Tulani noticed the underlining theme of her positions always had a common denominator - problem-solving and social responsibility.


Our Judges

AUSTIN CLEMENTS of TenOneTen Ventures, an L.A.-based venture firm investing in start-ups that apply data and technology to disrupt exiting industries.  

EVERETTE TAYLOR of mobile app Skurt and serial entrepreneur and marketing executive featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inc. Magazine, Black Enterprise and Fortune Magazine.

KENE TURNER of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international non-profit organization providing entrepreneurship training.

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