Walker’s Legacy Helping Women Entrepreneurs WIN, “$5,000 in Prize Funding at National Pitch Competition”

Walker’s Legacy is this amazing organization named in honor of Madam C.J. Walker the first self-made female millionaire in US history and a historical female entrepreneur.

Walker’s Legacy was founded in 2009 as a quarterly women in business lecture series designed to inspire women of all ages to walk into their professional passion and purpose.  It was developed after founder Natalie Madeira Cofield found herself in need of female mentors and role models during the formation of her first entrepreneurial venture.  As she searched, she noticed that other women around her were also looking for positive, successful and accessible examples of women in business.   Walker’s Legacy was born from the communal goal of developing an open forum for women to engage and inspire.

Well, a few weeks ago Walker’s Legacy in partnership with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Google, and Wells Fargo hosted National Entrepreneurship Summit and $5K Pitch Competition in Houston, Texas. The Summit took place at the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise offices and connected over 100 multicultural women business leaders to discuss the best resources available to fund and grow women-of-color-owned businesses.

I had an opportunity to attend this event. It was full of some amazing business women who were truly inspiring. One of our favorites was @cryswallbaby she was so honest about her process and on fire about her purpose.

This event was packed with exceptional speakers including Houston’s own Ashley Small. Who was just highlighted in Ebony 10 Black Women dominating the fields of tech, digital media and PR.

There was also a panel of women discussing bootstrapping to Venture Capitalist including Lydia Evans past Shark Tank participate and owner of Swag Essential @sawg_essential, Angelica Garcia Davil @aimglogistics and Health Guru Rashanda Moss @modernamuse. As an entrepreneur, these are the types of events you walk out even more motivated and determined to succeed. Listening to the amazing stories and business minded women create a sense of connectivity, just as Walker’s Legacy intended it.

Shoutout the graduating Prairie View A&M University #PVAMU students (males & females) who were in attendance networking and pushing their business. They have created equipment that can be used within the sports technology…….Feature coming soon

During the Pitch’s we had an opportunity to listen to 5 Small Business owners as they describe their business goals, successes, and passions. See image below



  1. Jeannell Darden Found & CEO of “Moisture Love” @moisturelove
  2. Michelle Dalzon Founder and Chief Visionary of  “Black Owned Market theBOM” @ourbomdotcom
  3. Anasofia Monteblanco Founder & CEO “ByteKNACK” @byteknack
  4. Starr Barbour Founder & CEO of “Still Going” @stillgoing
  5. Sweta Govani Founder & CEEO of “Waste for Good”

Founder and CEO of STILL GOING, Starr Barbour is the winner of the competition including $5,000 in prize funding to assist in the growth and expansion of her web-based service that allows users to connect on demand with a live guided meditation coach anytime, anywhere. In a last minute announcement Bytenack, an e-learning platform that allows children to learn computer science founded Anasofia Monteblanco, additionally received $1,000 in funding by judge and benefactor Johnte Archer, Founder and CEO of She Is a CEO Foundation.

The $5,000 Pitch Competition was the culmination of the 10-week PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator which aimed to equip its cohort of 75 female founders with the tools and skills necessary to tackle some of the most prevalent issues, such as access to funding and business education, for women of color entrepreneurs.

“We are elated to provide STILL GOING and the finalists with the opportunity to not only present their innovative businesses but connect them with those who are able to advance them to the next level”NATALIE MADEIRA COFIELD, FOUNDER AND CEO, WALKER’S LEGACY

Pitch competition judges included Cofield, Archer, Crystal D. Hadnott, Director of Strategic Partners and Programs, EBONY Media Operations; Kim Roxie, Founder, LAMIK Beauty; Tasha Harvey, Community Development Relationship Manager, Woodforest National Bank; and Brandon Andrews of Value Partnerships and ABC’s Shark Tank. Originally Cited Walkerslegacy.com

For more information on the next cohort of the PROSPECTUS Online Business Accelerator and to read more on the 2017 Entrepreneurship Summit and $5K Pitch Competition, please visit here or e-mail info@walkerslegacy.com

1 Comment

  • Anonymous Reply

    June 29, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Can women from cameroon Africa apply. Thanks

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