FAMU Alum Wins 2012 Black Enterprise $10,000 Elevator Pitch Contest!

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release

FAMU Alum Wins 2012 Black Enterprise $10,000 Elevator Pitch Contest!

-- May 28, 2012 --

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Alum, Ebonee Monique-owner of the boutique ghostwriting firm, Mama I Want to Write-has been named the winner of the 2012 Black Enterprise $10,000Elevator Pitch contest! The contest, which took place during the annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Chicago, IL May 23-26, 2012, gave top 10 finalists the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to celebrity judges and a live audience for a chance to win $10,000 towards the start-up of their business.

The celebrity judges this year were actress Kim Coles, author and radio personality Michael Baisden and Founder of The CASHFLOW, Magnus Greaves.

Ebonee Monique, owner of Mama I Want to Write, is thrilled to have won. 



"Last year, I was watching this elevator pitch from the audience. I am overjoyed to be able to see my growth as a business owner and to have received such great feedback from my pitch!” Monique said. 

Monique, a Tampa native, is the daughter of Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Council Rudolph, Jr. and wife Anne Rudolph. The 2004 Florida A&M University (FAMU) graduate, traveled to Chicago for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference where pitched her business idea to an estimated 1,500 attendees on May 24, 2012, which also served as her 30thbirthday.

For the founder, the honor of presenting during the Elevator Pitch competition, hosted by Shannon Lanier, was the cherry on top of the four-day conference geared at educating entrepreneurs while allowing them to network. 



Mama I Want to Write, a ghostwriting, editing, proofreading, content development and writing resource firm, was chosen from hundreds of entries as a top 10 finalist. Mama I Want to Write was designed to help those who lack time, patience, skill or passion with their writing needs. 

"Everyone has a story, but not everyone has the time to commit to making that happen; that's where Mama I Want to Write comes in!" 



In addition to the $10,000, Ebonee Monique will also participate in an 8-week mentoring workshop with The CASHFLOW and appear as “Business of the Week” on Michael Baisden’s syndicated radio program.

“This is far more than I could have ever imagined, but I’m grateful to be on the ride!”


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  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    Ebonee you go girl. You got ten big ones to spend, beat the hell out of the man with that bling, you got respect and you earned it! Go Girl. That doggy door and cracker whacked you beat would never have pushed folk into the face like your stroke! You Go!
  • by Trurealigion on May 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
    Who cares? FAMU just trying to put out press to ignore the fact that they have murdered roaming.
  • by Jones on May 29, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    The PR firm is back at work.
  • by Shannen on May 29, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Black enterprise is not racist, and there is no need for a white enterprise magazine as that would be redundant because that's just about every other magazine..
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    Another racist organization...
  • by Sara on May 29, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    definitely racist. But I suppose I'll be called racist for pointing out the racism....... can't win.
  • by it is what it is on May 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    Congratulations but I can't help wondering that if we had a "White Folks Enterprise" my how they would howl...
  • by Ted Location: Tallahassee on May 29, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    Has anyone else noticed how the word 'black' can be used to describe people if money is involved, but otherwise the term African-American must be used so as not to offend. And why the separation anyway? This only causes more friction. Isn't it interesting how things are from a "me-first" attitude instead of a group effort?
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 03:04 AM
    Good job. Way to go.
  • by RATTLER on May 28, 2012 at 08:32 PM
    CONGRATULATIONS THIS SHOWS DESPITE THE NEGATIVE THINGS WE SHE OUT HERE YOU REPRESENTING WELL. IT IS SAD WE DID NOT GET THE BLOGS ON THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT.
    • reply
      by Sara on May 29, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to RATTLER
      wow, is this the "new" English? geesh
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM in reply to RATTLER
      " AXE.. And you shall receive"
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