The First D9 Pitch Competition & Entrepreneurship Conference.

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Join us in the Black
Economic Movement
for D9 Entrepreneurs

The only conference dedicated to connect entrepreneurs  and professionals within the D9 Community with investors, specialist, talent, jobs, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Pitch Competition:

  • A select number of pitches will be awarded a grant up to $20,000
  • Founder, Co-Founder, or C-Suite role on the leadership team is a member of the D9 Community
  • Annual Revenue is less than $1 Million
  • Must complete pitch application with pitch deck by extended 10/8/21
  • All company types can apply (not limited to tech companies)

Entrepreneurship Conference (virtual):

  • In partnership with NPHC on October 30 2021
  • High Growth Jobs Focus: Learn about the growing demand and skills needed in high growth companies and how they are improving diversity.
  • Business Building Focus: Learn invaluable skills and techniques you can apply immediately to your business development and growth.
  • Empowerment Focus: Hear how others built successful companies from the ground up. Vote on the finalist pitches from Fund the Yard. Connect with founders, investors, and professionals.
Conference &
Pitch Finalist Q&A

Sponsored  Opportunity


Off Slauson is the nonprofit arm of inclusive investing venture capital firm Slauson & Co. Focusing on untapped founders who traditionally haven’t had access to capital, Off Slauson provides investment, educational resources, networking, and mentorship to innovative founders in the earliest stages of their company’s growth.

Grid110 and Slauson & Co are partnering up to launch Friends & Family, an accelerator program geared towards helping early-stage entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, attract capital investment and receive mentorship.

One Seat Available
$20,000 Grant + 14 Week Accelerator
for the best D9 Pitch
Due by
October 8th

Why attend
Fund The Yard Conference?

Discover new skills and tactics to build your business

The conference sessions are designed to provide tools and techniques that are immediately applicable to your idea or business.

Connect and network

The power of this movement is the community. Let this event be the spark to help you find your next business partner, dream job, or mentor.

Pitch and Promote your Business

We will be conducting a business pitch competition for new companies with revenue under $1M and not started before 2019. The finalist will be awarded a grant to aid in their business development & growth.

Industry Experts Speakers

Get connected with your community to find a job or investment for your business.

Resume Bank

We are tackling the lack of diversity at high growth companies by connecting their recruiters with the great talent in the D9 Community. Get that resume ready and sign-up.

Submit Resume

Pitch Book

We are connecting promising companies with the growing community of black and brown venture capitalist and angel investors. Submit your business to get introduced and feedback on your business.

Submit Pitch Deck

Fund The Yard Sponsors & Partners

Join us a sponsor and/or partner on our journey to drive lasting economic impact and build generational wealth within BPIOC communities.

Become a Sponsor or Partner



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Fund the Yard

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What other D9 Members are saying.


I can't believe we haven't done this for our community already. I really can't wait to engage with other D9 founders at this event.

Casandra Moore
Product Manager/ Founder

Conference Agenda

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