Pitch Competitions

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

2024 • Indianapolis

All Star Event

Indianapolis hosted NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2024. Alongside the weekend’s activities, Sagamore and Innopower hosted a series of events to celebrate Indianapolis’ Black business talent and showcase our portfolio of solutions helping Black communities access economic opportunity through education, entrepreneurship and investment.

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.

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.