Every year, the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic showcases the basketball talents from multiple Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This year, Black Panther supervillain Michael B. Jordan and tennis superstar Serena Williams have teamed up with Invesco QQQ and Turner Sports to create an event that could change someone’s life. Alumni or preemptive business founders who are current students from HBCU have a chance to win up to $1 million from the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic game.
In a press release via Revolt, Alison Stillman, a general partner at Serena Ventures, said, “HBCUs are an integral part of our educational ecosystem and have long been centers of entrepreneurial excellence. We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael B. Jordan and MaC Ventures on highlighting the brilliant student and alumni founders.”
The competition required participants to submit startup business proposals. It is also commencing a partnership with MaC Venture Capital and Serena Williams’ investment company, Serena Ventures.
Jordan and Williams plan to award the winners at halfcourt during halftime of the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic Basketball Showcase at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Dec. 18.
All tickets are available online via Prucenter, Ticketmaster, and at Prudential Center’s Box Office. Partial proceeds will go to organizations whose mission is to further the Newark community and HBCUs.
Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, Hampton University, and North Carolina Central University are the schools featured at the HBCU college basketball exhibition, which will air on TNT.
Executives from six different companies (Invesco, Thirty-Five Ventures, Harlem Capital and Cake Ventures, MaC Venture Capital, and Serena Ventures) will continue to advise the winners on their proposals “to ensure longtime success.”
By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy