Through our unique pitch competitions and online marketplace, Commonwealth connects entrepreneurs with impact investors to create businesses that strengthen communities.

Investor Updates

Pitch Competitions

Commonwealth pitch competitions bring entrepreneurs and impact investors together to create businesses that strengthen communities.

PITCH Your Idea

Do you want to be in our next venture competition?

Companies that deliver both economic and social returns are encouraged to apply.  The competition focuses on three questions:

  • What socio-economic problem are you addressing?
  • What is your company’s solution?
  • How do you deliver profit to investors?

MEI Dallas Entrepreneur Showcase

July 10, 2020

Minority Entrepreneurship Institute

The Jaylon Smith MEI is the premier agency connecting impact investors to quality & meaningful minority owned investment opportunities.

The MEI, supported by Commonwealth & the National Christian Foundation, will host pitch competitions around the world to make impact investments in companies dedicated to revitalizing our communities.

Click on the Apply Now button below to complete your application to be considered to pitch your business or social enterprise at the Jaylon Smith Minority Entrepreneurship Institute Showcase competition at the Omni Frisco hotel in Texas on July 10, 2020. You can also choose to be one of the investors in the event by clicking the Invest Now button.

Click here to learn more about MEI.


PEP’s 2019 Pitch Competition

On November 20th, 2019, PEP hosted the “Barbed Wire to Business Accelerator—Fueling Growth through Impact Investing” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The event showcased three PEP graduate-owned companies, competing in a PEP pitch competition, with judges and real investor dollars available to accelerate their businesses for social good.
PEP winner

The Competition

The Powerful Impact of PEP

The Future of PEP

Economic Story

Dallas’ initial economy relied on farming, the Fort Worth Stockyards, and it’s strategic location on Native American trade routes.  That changes in the 1870s when several rail lines opened up access to the country and the city became the largest inland cotton market in the world.

Its economy began to diversity and in 1914 Dallas was selected as the seat of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District.  Petroleum was discovered in the 1930s and Dallas became a hub of the oil market.  The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex then became a telecommunications leader and became home to AT&T.  The metro area led the nation in apartment construction though real estate would ride the boom and busts of the oil industry.

Dallas’ wealth is symbolized by the fact that has more shopping centers per capita than any other US city.  Yet, 30% of African Americans live in poverty and half of the city’s census tracks are home to 90% of the city’s poverty.

Commonwealth Dallas is building impact investing deals to bring more economic opportunity to all Dallas citizens.

Public Good Index

Commonwealth advances market solutions to fix the parts of Tampa Bay’s economy that are broken and to increase shared prosperity for all its citizens.  The Public Good Index measures progress toward these goals. (Report coming soon!)


We would be happy to give you more information about our marketplace and competitions. Just click here to email Program Manager, Jacob Baldwin. He will be be in touch quickly!