2021 Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s Semi-Finalists! This year’s Semi-Finalists videos can be found on our Facebook page here and our YouTube page here – we’re in our Voting Phase until September 20th! Be sure to “Like” your favorites before then. The Semi-Finalist with the most votes will be guaranteed a spot in this year’s Final Competition, where they’ll pitch to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $8,000 in cash prizes!


JMD Defense, LLC
Firearm Safety & Education Classes

Part time learning center supporting and equipping urban families for at-home learning

Piggyback Network
An online youth transportation marketplace for parents and guardians on shared routes


Onli Studios
Creativity, Content, Culture & Commerce based on the Visual & Creative Arts


Trading Races
Learn Black history while unpacking the complexities of race

Beauty Boutique Pharm Corp
Handmade beauty products, personalized services, and tutorials

Last Lap Cornerstore
Handmade beauty products, personalized services, and tutorials

Chedda Shoe Company
Chic, Sustainable, and Handcrafted Shoes

Calumet Heights

One of a kind, recycled denim accessories & T-shirt brand for men and women


AirGuard Health
AirGuard: revolutionizing the dental industry


Roots & Vine Produce and Cafe
An exclusive network of farmers, coops, and urban growers bringing grocery stores to food deserts

Grand Crossing

D. Jones Construction
Full service certified General Construction company

ChiFresh Kitchen
Feeding schools, nursing homes, and transitional housing with fresh, nutritious prepared meals

Hyde Park

Color Me Bad Chicago
Hair salon specializing in healthy hair and hair color

The L3 Agency
Full-service, MBE-Certified integrated influencer marketing and communications consulting firm

North Kenwood

Blossom Girls Network
A Celebration of Young Womanhood

Park Manor

Doughboys Chicago
Catering & sit-down restaurant offering unique recipes


Casa Indígō
Farm to table Mexican food at an affordable price

Chicago-based street brand and print shop for custom apparel.

South Chicago

Chico’s Oven
Walk up window that offers grab and go donuts, pizza, and fresh Bolillo sandwiches

South Shore

Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness
Community Mental Wellness centering around Black women.

Washington Park

Solo Noir for Men
High-quality skincare for black men: unlock your potential

Southside Grinds Coffee Co.
Online and mobile espresso bar offering tasty coffee around the South Side


Fearlessly Hue
Custom, original, and wall art providing representation, affirmation, and inspiration