Minority business owners pitch Hornets for chance at $15K investment

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Hornets are buzzing about a competition they hope can change the future.

The team’s fourth annual Innovation Summit seeks to empower minority-operated businesses by providing social and financial capital.

Applicants pitch to fans first, by way of a brief video on social media. Should they be named a finalist, applicants then pitch before a panel of experts.

It’s all in hopes of earning the summit’s grand prize: A $15,000 investment.

“It has really changed the landscape of our company,” said last year’s winner, Kevin Gatlin.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s reporter DaShawn Brown spoke with Gatlin about what that support meant to him and the opportunities still open for this year.

For information on how and where to apply, click here.

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