The Comcast HBCU Tech Weekend 2022 Pitch Competition & Innovation Marketplace will showcase tech-focused startups that have been launched by a founder of color or by founding teams that include a co-founder of color and are current students or Alumni of an HBCU. The Pitch Competition & Innovation Marketplace will occur on Saturday February 26, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. All tech startup founders that are current students or alumni of an HBCU are invited to apply. Applications are due on Friday October 1, 2021.


  1. Each applicant should be:
    • A U.S. citizen,
    • From early stage tech-focused company. A tech-focused startup is a company whose purpose is to bring technology products or services to market. These companies deliver new technology products or services or deliver existing technology products or services in new ways,
    • A founder of color or co-founder of color,
    • A current student or Alumni of an HBCU.


Each participating team will be provided a booth in the Innovation Marketplace. The marketplace will allow attendees and judges to meet each participating team and to learn more about each startup company’s innovation.


Pitch Competition Format

Each team in the Innovation Marketplace will have 5 minutes to pitch judges and potential investors. After each pitch, judges will be given 10 minutes to ask questions.

Pitch Competition Prize

  • Grand Prize – $20,000

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