Join us in-person on Thursday, November 2 for the B-Smart Pitch and Present, the culminating event of the 12-week B-Smart Entrepreneurship Program. This event provides a platform for program participants to share and pitch their businesses to a panel of Funders, Advisors, Community Partners, and Investors. It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs to secure funding, feedback, and valuable support to propel their businesses.

Get ready to be captivated by dynamic presentations, creative demos, and compelling stories that showcase their journey and business potential. The event will be filled with entrepreneurial energy and valuable connections.


  • Each participant will have 3-5 minutes to present their pitch. After each pitch, judges will have 2 minutes to provide feedback and constructive comments.
  • Participants can obtain a 20,000 on-the-spot loan approved by VestedIn. In addition to loans, grants will be awarded up to $5,000 by Citizens and Wells Fargo.




  • Tawanda Douse, Josie’s Craft Cocktails
  • Matthew and Bria George, I Love Thy Hood
  • Amma Thomas, Plant & People
  • Venessa Letts, Venessa & Associates Post Op Concierge
  • Michael “Mikey “Merlino, mmersive animation studio
  • Mackenzie “Rose” Brown, Rose Golden Enterprises
  • Kaitlin Dugan-Murell, Kadumu Consulting
  • Madeleine Conover, Madeleine Conover
  • Djuan Short, LCSW, CTCP, C-IYAT, Dahlia Rose Wellness Center, LLC


SPECIAL THANKS: We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our Cohort 10 Resource Partners for their invaluable support of the program: Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business, Mom Your Business, Bison Ventures LLC , Truist Bank , and Black Squirrel


B-Smart is a robust entrepreneurship program established in 2017 to provide community-based businesses with the essential tools, support, capital and guidance to thrive in today’s evolving business landscape. The program was founded by Drexel University’s Beachell Family Learning Center, VestedIn, and the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative. B-Smart has already supported over 140 businesses and awarded more than $250,000.00 in capital commitments to participants.

Visit our website: https://vestedin.org/b-smart-program/


November 2, 2023
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