Pitch Black 4 - 2018
The 4th annual "PitchBlack" was held on October 1, 2018 to a packed venue.

1st Place - Humble Hair Care
Natural hair care products. (Jada Commodore)
2nd Place - Deadstock Coffee
To-go coffee pouches. (Ian Williams)
3rd Place - Here to There
Utilizing the clothing supply chain to make unique tourist experiences. (Juliyen Davis


Pitch Black 3 - 2017
Female entrepreneurs dominated the Pitch Black 2017 event held on August 30, 2017.

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1st Place - The Fab Lab 
Videos that show inexpensive DIY science projects for parents and kids products. (Lindsey Murphy)
2nd Place - Period Petty 
A brand and, eventually, a store that caters to the needs of humans with a vagina. (Jordan Hayles)
3rd Place - Native Storytelling
Platform for people to share stories from their native cultures. (Grace Andrews


Pitch Black 2 - 2016
Pitch Black 2016, held on August 25, 2016, had 220 attendees, ten pitches, and raised $12,000 for the winners. The event gives African-American startup entrepreneurs a platform to connect with the region’s growing startup ecosystem. This event is the brainchild of Stephen Green, economist, entrepreneur and  in general - a swell guy. He is one of the founding board members of the SOUL District, a group of community members looking to create new economic opportunities and narratives to bolster Portland's Black community through investments in real estate, programming, and projects in inner N/NE PDX. Winners were selected by the attendees and are:

1st Place - Client Joy: Gift boxes of locally made products (Paige Hendrix-Buckner)
2nd Place - CutUp: mobile app connecting people with barbers and stylists (Damola Otomosho)
3rd Place - WikiPDX: Tourist app for hitting the spots that locals curate (Ian Williams

Other pitchers were: B.TV (Analise Smith); Dime Quality (Herbert Smith); Interconnection (Sita Symonette);  Pilotly (James Norman); Websites That Work (Kronda Adair); Physique Logic (Robert Murray); and Da Lab (Stephanie Ghoston). The SOUL District is happy to be joined by the following sponsors: InstrumentPortland Independent Chamber of Commerce (PICOC)ClientJoyPortland Development Commission, and TiE Oregon


Pitch Black 1 - 2015

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1st place - NoApp Fee, now OneApp Oregon
Website to help renters find a home with one application/one fee. (Tyrone Poole)
2nd place - Minnie & George
Starting a leather goods company. (Lori Caldwell)
3rd place - Spotted
App to help folks find potential partners in the wild. (Grace Andrews)

Photo Copyright: Kersten Green Photography