This year during Black Business Month, Official Black Wall Street celebrates trailblazing Black entrepreneurs

Black people are unmatched. Black entrepreneurs? A whole different league. We’ve carved out our own lanes and brought chairs to tables that were not built for us. 


For generations, with talent and hard work, we’ve set the standard for creativity and innovation while in the midst of a centuries-long fight for equity and justice. And we’re just getting started. 


The inaugural OBWS Entrepreneur Awards, presented by Snapchat, recognizes entrepreneurs that have made an undeniable impact on their community and industry.

OBWS Entrepreneur of the Year

Presented by Snapchat


OBWS Innovator of the Year


OBWS Social Entrepreneur of the Year



Black Owned

Business Impact

Operating for at least 12 months 

US Based

About the Awards

Three winners will be presented with the OBWS Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards.


Each will receive cash prizes of $15,000, $10,000 & $5,000 respectively.


Award submissions are open August 10th through August 16th.Finalists will be handpicked by a panel of judges, and winners will be announced Friday,August 28th.

The Judges

Brianne Garrett

Forbes Reporter, For(bes) The Culture Editorial Lead

Courtney Blount

Head of US Emerging Biz Marketing, Snapchat

Everette Taylor

CMO, Artsy | Founder, ET Enterprises

Imani Ellis

Founder, CultureCon & The Creative Collective NYC

Mandy Bowman


Official Black Wall Street

Congratulations to Our Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated and voted in our Inaugural OBWS Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards!