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Submission for the IFRI/Founders Live Pitching is now closed

IFRI in collaboration with the Founders Club is proud to announce the top 5 #BIPOC businesses that will be pitching live during the 1st Annual BIPOC Business Expo on Saturday June 4, 2022 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. These founders will pitch their businesses during the Expo. They will also receive a free vendor booth to display their product or services. The winner will receive the Founders Live winners’ package which includes $10,000 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits as well as the opportunity to continue on to compete in a future Founders Live Prime Time global event. ALL PRESENTERS EARN $5,000 TOWARDS AWS credits.

                  Congratulations to…

 1) Tameka Jones – Lip Esteem

2) Morgan Vagts- LAFDR @

3) Amber Buckanage- Buckanaga Social Club  @

4) Rashawnda Scott-Pieces of Kandakes LLC @

5) Alicia Thomas Butter Luv Aromatics @

We would like to thank everyone for their submissions. The process was very competitive and we appreciate all the efforts by each of you. Thank you to our partners for this collaboration. The IFRI/Founders Live Pitching Competition is Powered by Pink Powered and Valhalla/ MN Founder’s Club.

Want to be a part of this one of kind event? Click the button to volunteer at the Expo!

General Admissions

Attend the Expo Workshop
Theme: Rebuilding Foundations- The Do's and Don'ts of doing Business

Summary of event 

IFRI is a “Life Solution” company that provides innovative ways to improve productivity and provide stability for BIPOC Businesses and individuals. IFRI seeks to create a convenient pathway to better a quality of life for BIPOC and others alike. As a means of empowering BIPOC Business, IFRI, engages these businesses in several meaningful ways intended to garner support for said businesses and help them realize their full potential. The BIPOC Business Expo is unique to the Midwest as it intends to exclusively highlight minority owned businesses looking closely at these entrepreneurs, their life stories, their motivation, looking at the balance between running their families and their businesses at the same time and their plan for sustainability and growth. This program will showcase the entrepreneurial and innovative skills of these business owners, their achievements, and recognize them for their contribution to society. The BIPOC Business Expo will be a one-day event held in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Event Activities

  • Conduct a trade fair for over 100 businesses  displaying their products and services
  • Conduct skill building workshops with well qualified and experience panelists. Theme: Rebuilding foundations-The Do’s and Don’ts of doing business.  Topic includes: Business Planning, Legal, Insurance, Access to capital, Finance and Marketing
  • Host the Founders Live Pitching competition and distribute awards during the expo.

Are you a BIPOC business owner and you would like to showcase you product or service at the Expo Trade Fair? Click the link below to register to be a vendor!

 Business Vendor Fee: $125

 Vendor tickets include:

  • 1 workshop ticket
  • 1 Vendor table (30in deep x 8ft long)
  • 2 chairs per vendor table
  • Listing in the Expo Souvenir Booklet
  • A ticket to a private meet and greet on Friday June 3rd with partners and other stakeholders

IFRI BIPOC Business Expo will provide the following benefits to our  sponsors depending on sponsorship levels