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Moguls in the Making.

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We're making Moguls.

Moguls in the Making was born from the need to act — to put our beliefs into practice by creating a program to tackle the issue of economic mobility head-on.

We teamed up with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to create an entrepreneurial pitch competition to foster opportunities for young leaders from our nation’s publicly and privately supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

From idealist to entrepreneur in one weekend.

Over the course of a fall weekend, students will be tested and given a glimpse into what being a Mogul is all about – hard work. It’s a strenuous 72 hours of rigorous learning and creating where students build innovative solutions that turn their visions into reality. Students will have mentors and speakers to inspire them as they develop an idea to pitch in front of a distinguished panel of judges. 

It’s simple: the best presentation with the most brilliant business solution wins.

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Students selected

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Teams formed

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Winning pitch

What’s at stake.

Every student who participates will walk away with valuable experiences, scholarship awards and other prizes including chances at internships and full-time job opportunities.

The winning teams will be offered the following prizes:

A badge with a number 1 representing first place

1st Place

  • $20,000 scholarship per team member

  • Guaranteed internship offer at Ally for each team member

  • A laptop with a variety of accessories

  • Other tech prizes and swag

A badge with a number 2 representing second place

2nd Place

  • $10,000 scholarship per team member

  • Have each team member’s resume reviewed by Ally’s Human Resources team

  • A laptop with a variety of accessories

  • Other tech prizes and swag

A badge with a number 3 representing third place

3rd Place

  • $5,000 scholarship per team member

  • Have each team member’s resume reviewed by Ally’s Human Resources team

  • A laptop with a variety of accessories

  • Other tech prizes and swag

How to apply.

Think you have what it takes to be a Mogul?

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private HBCU or PBI

  • Have a least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants with 2.75-2.99 must be recommended by Department Chair or Dean

  • Be a sophomore, junior or senior during the 2024-2025 academic year

  • Be in good academic standing with no disciplinary infractions

  • Be willing to grow and learn in a collaborative environment

  • Demonstrate the ability to work well on a team

  • Be interested in learning how to develop or expand an entrepreneurial mindset

Students who participated in the 2023 Moguls in the Making competition are not eligible to apply at this time.

All majors are encouraged to apply.

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Important dates to know.

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Feb. 6


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April 25


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Sept. 7-10


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Sept. 10

Final Pitch

Note: Students must be available for travel on Sept. 6 and Sept. 11

Important 2024 dates to know.

Feb. 5

Application opens

April 8

Application submission deadline

Oct. 3-6


Oct. 6

Final Pitch Day

Note: Students must be available to travel Wednesday Oct. 2 through Monday Oct. 7

Participating HBCUs.

Students from all over the country have collaborated, innovated and cultivated lifelong relationships through Moguls in the Making. We're proud to have worked with 14 HBCUs — and the list keeps growing.

See the full list
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Hear from Past Moguls.

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Nalani Kelley Marsh

Florida A&M University
2019 Winner

 "The first Moguls in the Making was a paradigm shifting experience! I loved the fact I was able to hone my entrepreneurial mind while leveraging the knowledge gained from my collegiate studies."

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Joshua Weaver 

North Carolina A&T State University
2021 Winner

 "Moguls has been a life changing experience for me. Not only did the competition help me land my first corporate opportunity, but opened my eyes to what is possible when you take a chance on yourself."

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Andre Wilkes

Howard University
2021 2nd Place

 "Moguls in the Making showed me you could do good and do well at the same time! It created a family out of complete strangers.”

Congrats to our 2023 winners!

Image of the 2023 Moguls competition winners:  Javen Washington, Nyla Ward, Laia Garland, and Teco Bynum with Big Sean and Terrance J.

1st Place:
North Carolina A&T State University

We’re proud of Javen Washington, Nyla Ward, Laia Garland, and Teco Bynum, who wowed us with their innovative business idea called Capital in Color Lending (CICL). CICL's AI-driven products are tailored for communities of color to empower ambitions through innovative approaches for accessing capital.

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Second Place:
North Carolina Central University

Zyon Rodgers, Jordan Jackson, Kyndall Ray, and Chase Bowman

Image of the 3rd place winner Texas Southern University

Third Place:
Texas Southern University

Kamaria Marshall, Katelayn Vault, Kendall Jenkins, and Quentin Bellard

Media and press.

Check out the impact of nurturing entrepreneurial spirits, fostering cross-industry skills and providing direct access to C-suite mentors.

A celebration of Moguls in the Making’s fifth year in Charlotte, N.C.

Revolt Media sits down with two previous winners of Moguls in the Making, Joshua Weaver (North Carolina A&T) and Andre Wilkes (Howard University).

Thank you to our partner,  Thurgood Marshall College Fund .

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