This past weekend, the gentlemen of The Humbl Hustlr Foundation hosted their 2020 Hustl Print Summer Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition and Vine City Community Cleanup event aimed at inspiring and motivating the young men of the Atlanta area. Lorenzo Gordon, Darrell Lewis, Jr., and Richard Davis served as mentors of the foundation and hosts of the event.
The morning started off with a prayer lead by Reverend Dr. Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Next, eight young Black men, all in high school, stood before 7 judges to pitch their business in hopes of receiving up to $1,000 in funding.
The businesses ranged from clothing companies to mental health services to digital platforms. The participants included Tevin Tyler (Seven Promises), Gerald Barnes (Inspirational Clothing Line), Bobby Mosely, and Landon Hall (L& Brothers Lawn Care), Jaylon Westry (Global Poppers) and Tyler Rayford (Tyler's Art and Services Co.). The Competition winners included Isaiah Waller (Definitive Looks), who took home first place and the $1,000 prize. Jordan Jackson (BLXCK Clothing Company) took home a second-place prize of $500 with Aboubacar Barrie (Foreinarie) winning the third-place prize of $250.
This year’s judges who also shared wisdom with the inspiring entrepreneurs included Shamran Kurani, Dunkin Donuts Franchise Owner; Jean Rawls, operating principal of Keller Williams The Rawls Group; Ali A. Lemma, assistant vice president of business banking at Atlantic Capital Bank; Jessica Washington, director of Financial Literacy at Usher’s New Look; Riyahd A. Jones, professional network marketer; Samuel Glickman, owner of Privado Grooming Saloon; Dr. Karmetria Burton, an executive at Delta Airlines.
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Photos By: Carol Lee Rose