Dante Biss-Grayson, from the Osage Nation is an Indigenous entrepreneur from the Osage Nation, he is also an Artist and Fashion Designer of the Sky-Eagle Collection and was selected from more than 2,000 applications for a chance to win $25,000.
On July 31st, 2023, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify, and Mastercard, announced Dante Biss-Grayson as a 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Semi-Finalist.
Dante was selected from more than 2,000 applications and is advancing as a Semi-Finalist for a chance to win $25,000 to grow their business, and is one of only a few businesses selected from the indigenous nations located in the USA, and is the only one selected in the Fashion Category from the USA.
Dante submitted a 1-minute video pitch to explain how and when to raise funds to explain desired use of funds.
“I have a great idea to reach a new segment of the Indigenous Fashion world, and it will beamazing!” said Dante Biss-Grayson, Osage Fashion Designer, Sky-Eagle Collection. “I am honored to be selected as a semi-finalist, and have worked diligently to build a brand, I plan on leveraging this success into new markets and showing the world that indigenous fashion designers can become a global success and compete with the large fashion houses.”
Details on the Sky-Eagle Collection can be found here: https://www.skyeaglecollection.com/projects-and-publications
“Congratulations to Dante Biss-Grayson on advancing to the Semi-Finals,” said Sunshine Tenasco, Founder of Pow Wow Pitch. “We look forward to spotlighting and sharing Dante’s business with the Pow Wow Pitch community and growing together.”
Dante will now benefit from expert pitch training and one-to-one mentorship with Industry leaders. First Name will pitch their business to a panel of Judges in early Fall Semi-Finals and, if successful, will win $1,000 and advance to the Finals for a chance to win $25,000.
“Being an indigenous entrepreneur has been a great journey, one that did not come easy, but one that earned through innovation, hard work, and inspiration. One way to exercise our sovereign rights is through small business ownership, and I plan on sharing what I have learned in this process, giving back, and leading from the front so that indigenous voices are heard!”