28 Oct

Congratulations to the Winners of 'The Pitch'!

43North, City of Buffalo, and ECIDA team up to bring

EGF teamed up with 43North, the City of Buffalo, and ECIDA  to bring "The Pitch," a new business plan competition for minority- and women-owned businesses in Erie County, NY. The entrepreneurs presented their business plans on October 20th and collectively took home $20,000 in prizes.  Thank you to these business owners for their preparation and hard work and congratulations to each!


$10,000 WINNER: Karibu News

Rubens Mukunzi, owner

We applaud Rubens Mukunzi and Karibu News! Now in its second year, this multilingual newspaper continues to reach immigrant and refugee communities with information to assist in their efforts to create a new and productive life in Buffalo.  


$5,000 WINNER: Rachel’s Remedies, LLC

Rachel E. Jackson, owner

Congratulations to Rachel E. Jackson and the entire Rachel’s Remedies team! We wish Rachel continued success in bringing solutions to market to help moms nurse more comfortably and conveniently.


$5,000 WINNER: Urban Fruits & Veggies

Allison DeHonney, owner

Congratulations to Allison DeHonney and Urban Fruits & Veggies! Through her urban garden and mobile produce market, Allison is providing education and access to healthy food options to neighborhoods in need throughout Buffalo. 

Rubens Mukunzi, owner of Karibu News, wins business competitionPat Mackrell, President and CEO of NYBDC and EGF

About Excelsior Growth Fund

At Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF), our mission is to help New York businesses grow by providing small business loans and advisory services. As a nonprofit organization and a U.S. Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we’re a responsible lender you can trust.

We understand that many small businesses can have difficulty getting traditional bank financing and EGF can help. Our products are affordable and flexible, and our advisory services can help you reach your business goals. Our signature product, the EGF SmartLoan™, provides up to $100,000 through a streamlined online platform.