Elevate/Elevar's Community Pitch Day

WEPOWER has a deep belief that we can and must create a St. Louis where every community thrives. We know building community-level wealth is a key lever for the kind of St. Louis we imagine. Community-level wealth is possible when we invest in everyday businesses owned by underestimated, overlooked high potential Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. That is why we launched Elevate / Elevar.

The Elevate/Elevar Accelerator is a one-of-a-kind, six-month accelerator that elevates early-stage, for-profit companies founded by Black and Latinx entpreneurs. The Elevate/Elevar Accelerator focuses on elevating entrepreneurs through providing access to capital, curriculum, connections, and co-working as they create living-wage jobs in neighborhoods with a high population of Black and Latinx residents living below the poverty line.

After talking to hundreds of founders, reviewing 90+ applications, interviewing 40+ entrepreneurs, and 800+ community members voting, we selected 10 dynamic Black and Latinx entrepreneurs to join WEPOWER’s inaugural cohort. The inaugural cohort is St. Louis proud and committed to sparking economic development in areas like North St. Louis City. Now, they are approaching the completion of their are taking their companies to the next level.

The potential, the commitment, and the incredible entrepreneurialism of our inaugural cohort is a story of possibility. They teach us, in the great words of Mae Jamison, the first Black woman to travel to space, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

Together, our region has an opportunity to unleash our imagination of a better future where we simultaneously elevate founders and communities to build shared economic power by accelerating differently.

Community Pitch Day will be held virtually on August 29th from 1:00 - 3:50 pm, followed by an afterparty from 3:50 - 4:15 pm! The event is free, with a suggested donation of $25 per ticket and free to all residents of wards 3 and 21. Not sure what ward you're in? Try checking here.

Event Schedule
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: DJs spinning accompanied by hype woman Daniela Velasquez and Darren Jackson 
  • 1:30 - 1:45pm: Welcome + special documentary
  • 1:45 - 3:00pm: Pitches from the inaugural Elevate/Elevar cohort
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm: Breakouts to meet entrepreneurs and ask questions 
  • 3:45pm - 3:50pm: Closing calls to action
  • 3:50 - 4:15pm: Celebrate with DJs and hype team + network with the cohort

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