2020 Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to last year’s finalists! You can check-out last year’s semi-finalists pitching videos on our Facebook here and Youtube here. You can also learn more about each semi-finalist by clicking on their business name below under the neighborhood they are located in.

Make sure you apply for this year’s South Side Pitch competition for the chance to compete for up to $8000 in cash prizes. Apply by clicking on the link here.

Back of the Yards

Futurama Beauty Academy
Cosmetology training academy for English, Spanish, and Chinese speakers.

New Magnolia Garden Center Inc
A U-pick farm and garden center located in Back of the Yards.

La Selva Shop
Hyper-local shop that sells products designed for the Back of the Yards community.


Bronzeville Wingz
Chicken wings restaurant that offers 31 sauce flavors and specializes in sauced, and battered and naked chicken.

Comercio Popular
Pop-up and online shop that offers a selection of contemporary objects, art, and apparel designed and made in Mexico.

Creative company geared towards cultivating communities through arts and expression by producing events, workshops, and activism activities.

Next Man Up
An all service men’s day spa.






A marketplace of Black-owned businesses that includes an online business directory and a brick and mortar shop in Chatham.




Lumena Energy Inc.
Renewable energy technology enabler that provides software and hardware components.



Greater Grand Crossing


A Polished Work nail spa lounge
A full-service nail salon.



Hyde Park

Hemp Heals Body Shop Inc.
Premium CBD bath and body products shop.

The Revival LLC
Theater and improvisation education company.

Wesley’s Shoes
Sit and fit family shoe store serving customers since 1970.

McKinley Park


Nicole Jordan Catering
Catering company that provides prepared meal services in the South Side of Chicago.




Maestri Tutoring
Bilingual tutoring center for working class families.




My Cheer Now
An allstar competitive cheerleading and tumbling gym.




The Bigs Media Ltd
Black-owned fully credentialed sports media outlet in Chicago.


South Loop

GiGi Tonye’ Arts and Fitness
Mobile dance and fitness studio for all ages.

Children’s shop focused on representation and inclusivity.


South Shore

Learning Dimensions
Educational consultant company that designs and provides learning solutions to organizations and school districts.

The Lemonade Land
Pop-up market for micro Black-owned businesses in the South Shore, Greater Grand Crossing, and Woodlawn area.


Washington Heights

Olijé Body Care
Organic, cruelty-free, natural handmade skincare line specializing in products for eczema, dry skin and skin irritations.

Van-Al Transit Shuttle
24/7 shuttle service company for the Chicagoland region.