Jewel Burks, a 23-year-old 2010 Howard University graduate and current Atlanta resident won START ATL’s “Idea Pitch Session” during the recent symposium at Spelman College.

The competition featured 60-second pitches from pre-selected entrepreneurs in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win a Dell laptop, a $500 Office Depot gift card and five hours of web consulting services.

Burks’ pitch was for her mobile app, PartPic, which she started in January. According to its website,, PartPic was designed to help people discover the right part for repair and maintenance projects. PartPic was designed to help make locating industrial supplies easy by letting users snap a picture of a part to find more information about it or where they can purchase its replacement.

“I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and have been dabbling with different ideas for a long time,” said Burks. “I thought a mobile app would be a great first step to start my journey as a full-time entrepreneur.”

START is part of a nationwide series created by digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that builds forward thinking initiatives that ultimately change the digital space by increasing the number of Black and Latino women digital entrepreneurs.

The START Atlanta symposium was developed to teach urban entrepreneurs the tools to create and grow successful digital companies.

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