Indiana • Texas • Florida

We are building a national portfolio of minority-owned companies. In each of our markets, we offer a showcase pitch competition featuring Jaylon Smith, investor forums, and educational summits.

2021 • Indianapolis

Indiana Investor Forum

On November 12, 2021, MEI hosted an Indiana Investor Forum at High Alpha Venture Studio. The forum convened investors and community leaders focused on closing Indiana's wealth gap through entrepreneurship and impact investing. Click the buttons to check out our event program and WISH-TV's feature story.

2021 • Tampa

Florida Showcase

On July 9, 2021, MEI hosted its third annual pitch competition and showcase at the Embarc Collective in Tampa, Florida. Five amazing Florida-based founders pitched their companies to a panel of judges for a chance at $350,000+ of investable capital. Click the buttons to watch event highlights and check out the event program.

2020 • Virtual

Educational summit

On November 11 &12, 2020, MEI held its inaugural Educational Summit. The event featured sessions about marketing from Charlotte Jones, business operations from Jewel Burks Solomon, perspectives of the life of a minority entrepreneur from Naithan Jones, and much more.

2020 • dALLAS

tEXAS Showcase

On July 10, 2020, Commonwealth co-hosted the MEI Texas Showcase featuring: $600,000 in impact investing capital, 147 minority entrepreneurs competing from 42 Texas cities, 30+ companies qualified for the MEI Texas Marketplace totaling over $13 million in deal flow. Please click the buttons for more information.

2019 • Fort Wayne

Indiana Showcase

On July 12, 2019, MEI and Commonwealth held a pitch competition in Fort Wayne, showcasing some of Indiana’s brightest minority entrepreneurs. The event featured $195,000 in investment capital, 4 sharks, including Jaylon Smith, Mark Music, Jane DeHaven, and Gary Brackett, 60 applicants and 50+ families of minority youth & parents in attendance. Please click the buttons to learn more.