The Hungry Black Man has traveled to several cities in 2016 highlighting the wonderful culinary genius of Black folk, people of color, and women. From city to city, the majority provided delicious food, excellent service and beautiful décor, however, a central theme of depleting resources and/or lack of capital was a reoccurring barrier to scalability.

In my other life, I serve as vice-president of Black Tech Week. Mindful of the pervasive need among black, brown and women owned establishments, my partners and founders of Black Tech Week, Felecia and Derrick Pearson, presented a partnership proposal to Arch Grants in Saint Louis. Arch Grants manages a grant program designed specifically for minority entrepreneurs that fit perfectly as a premier of 2017 Black Tech Weekend in Miami, FL! Well, they loved the idea and we now have a great opportunity for anyone interested in scaling their businesses.

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Whether you are a chef, distiller, wine maker, or simply sell cupcakes online, this opportunity is for you! Arch Grants will provide $50,000 to a successful business with growth potential in any field; however, The Hungry Black Man is targeting high potential, premium and innovative food and drink brands, media companies, transport companies, technology companies, and anyone operating in the Food and Drink space interested in taking their business to the next level!

The application deadline is January 30, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. EST. If selected, your business will be invited to a final pitch at the 2017 Black Tech Weekend in Miami, FL on February 24, 2017!  If selected, your business will receive $50,000 from Arch Grants out of St. Louis, Missouri and receive expert mentoring and technical assistance to grow your business or start-up.  To register, complete the application and for more information, please visit

Please do not let this opportunity pass by. Simply go to this website and register and complete the full application.  A If you have any questions, please email Mr. Starex Smith, at For more information on Black Tech Weekend in Miami, please visit,

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Written by thehungryblackman

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter


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