Winner of KeyBank Pitch Competition, Mateakka Washington


Mateakka Washington, owner of Mecca’s VIP Beauty Bus, is the winner of the $5,000 pitch competition. KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, teamed up with the Urban League of Rochester and Ibero-American Action League to host a pitch competition to highlight opportunities for entrepreneurs and encourage local collaboration.

Five Rochester area entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of expert judges on Thursday, December 13th at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Mateakka, who is a hair stylist with over 20 years’ experience, captured the judges attention when she pitched her mobile beauty salon on wheels to provide personalized salon services to women who have suffered hair loss due to cancer, alopecia or other genetic disorders. Mateakka will use the money to purchase salon equipment, install plumbing and customized wrap for the outside of the bus.

Congratulations, Mateakka!