On Saturday, Sept. 19, lifestyle specialist and senior VP of Revolt TV Kenny Burns took the stage at the Chicago business center, 1871, to host Miller Lite Tap the Future Winner’s Reception. You could feel the tension in the room as Burns prepared to announce this year’s Miller Lite Tap the Future grand prize winner. The reception began with an introduction of the six finalist teams, the MillerCoors executives and the national judges, which included some of the top business experts such as SVP/editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise, Alfred Edmond Jr.
After pitching their unique business ideas and impressing “Shark Tank” judge Daymond John during the live pitch tour, the six semifinalists were each awarded $20,000 and advanced to the national finals where they pitched one last time to the national panel of judges Saturday morning.
“We are passionate about small businesses,” states brand executive and innovator for Miller Lite, Steve Canal. “Like Kenny Burns said, ‘Without small business, there is no America.’”
In the end it was Brian Hill of Edovo who took home the $200,000 grand prize. Edovo is an innovative business that provides a self-driven educational and vocational platform for correctional facilities.
“We are so thankful for the opportunity this award presents for our organization. We’re committed to improving the state of our criminal justice system by providing education to inmates while in facilities and after their release. This award will help us continue in our mission to help incarcerated individuals make positive changes and reduce the rate of return, said Hill. “Programs like Tap the Future serve a critical role in helping propel early-stage companies, and I hope not only that Miller Lite continues this program, but others follow their strong lead.”