EBONY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES $10,000 RAPID ACCELERATOR & PITCH COMPETITION FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

EBONY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES $10,000 RAPID ACCELERATOR & PITCH COMPETITION FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

Powered by Urban Co-Lab, the program aims to award diverse creative founders during SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas

Austin, TX –  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - Today, Ebony Magazine announced the launch of the Urban Creatives Rapid Accelerator and $10,000 Pitch Competition,  a new initiative to promote creative innovation. The competition will be held during South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 to support diverse start-up founders within the creative economy.

The program will focus on start-ups in creative industries such as film, TV, media, fashion, arts and culture and music, among others.  Five selected finalists will participate in a week-long rapid accelerator including engagement with industry-leading mentors who will provide guidance to finalists in the form of virtual fireside chats.  The selected teams will compete for funding to launch or scale their creative businesses at the inaugural competition held on March 12, 2017, at WeWork Congress in Austin, Texas.

A panel of celebrity judges will decide the grand prize winner, who will be awarded $10,000 in seed funding and a complimentary 6-month membership at WeWork, among other potential prizes, at the EBONY Magazine VIP reception held on March 13, 2017, at a private location in Austin, Texas.

Applications are open to the public from Feb. 8-Feb. 22, finalists will be announced Feb. 28th, 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit:  www.UrbanCreatives.co and follow the hashtag #urbancreatives.

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ABOUT URBAN CO-LAB

Urban Co-Lab  is a social mission company established to provide impactful and community-conscious programming, engagement, and strategies to empower entrepreneurs and economies.  The organization's core areas of focus include entrepreneurship ecosystem development, diversity and inclusion and community development.

For more information visit: www.urbanco-lab.com

ABOUT EBONY

EBONY is the No. 1 source for an authoritative perspective on the Black community. Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief, Kyra Kyles, the monthly magazine, now in its 71st year, reaches nearly 11-million readers. EBONY features the best thinkers, trendsetters, hottest celebrities and next-generation leaders. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. Available nationwide on newsstands and the iPad, EBONY is the heart, the soul and the pulse of Black America. It’s more than a magazine, it’s a movement.

For more information visit:  http://www.ebony.com