The Firepit Competition

NSBE Members and Friends,

We invite you to attend the National Society of Black Engineers’ 2015 Annual Convention, in Anaheim, Calif. This year’s convention includes a number of exciting activities centered on the theme “Innovation & Excellence: Reimagining Your Future.” The NSBEpreneur™ Fire Pit, a new competition, has been created to help NSBE members realize their visions of innovation and entrepreneurship in technology, by having them develop a business plan that showcases an original product or venture. Preliminary NSBEpreneurTM Fire Pit competitions will be held at the Fall Regional Conferences, and the regional winners will then move on to the finals at NSBE’s Annual Convention, next March.

The competition seeks new, independent ventures in the pre-seed, seed, start-up or early growth stages. Also, licensing technologies from universities or research labs is encouraged. Members participating in this year’s NSBEpreneur™ Fire Pit will present their executive summary, along with their pitches and product or venture introductions, at their Fall Regional Conferences (FRCs). The winners will then go on to present their actual physical product or venture, along with their business plan, at the NSBE 41st Annual Convention in Anaheim. The three winners from each region will receive discounted convention registration: 1st place – free registration to the Annual Convention, 2nd place – 50 percent off registration for Annual Convention and 3rd place – 25 percent off registration for the Annual Convention. The national prizes will be even greater, including mentoring by an industry professional and national recognition!

These prizes, coupled with great judges who are extremely talented in their field and who will be willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you, make this competition a true opportunity for any NSBE member. So, if you’re working on something, do not hesistate. Submit your executive summary now to, and be a part of the NSBEpreneurTM Fire Pit Competition!

Joshua James
NSBE National Business Diversity Chair

Krystal Cunningham
NSBE Expo Chairperson

General Requirements:

The competition is exclusively for NSBE members in the following categories:

  • Collegiate Member
  • Collegiate Affiliate Member
  • Professional Member
  • Professional Affiliate Member
  • Lifetime Member *
**Lifetime Members who meet the membership criteria of one of the other membership categories are eligible for this competition.


First Place - Free Annual Convention Registration
Second Place - 50% off
Third Place - 25% off

Click Apply Today for more information about the competition!