IMPACT Central Indiana and PitchFeast announce winners of sixth pitch competition

left to right: Timika Payne, Ellise Nikki Johnson, Martina Jackson

On Thursday, Oct. 12, PitchFeast held another successful pitch competition in partnership with IMPACT Central Indiana and three-year sponsor, First Internet Bank. Nine entrepreneurs pitched their unique business ideas among judges and numerous attendees. 

Three local Black and Brown-led businesses will receive investment capital and other wraparound services. These investments help accelerate and ignite innovations in the community. 


Ellise Nikki Johnson (The Alkaline Electric Goddess)
—First place
Ellise Nikki Johnson

Ellise Nikki Johnson | The Alkaline Electric Goddess

Ellise Nikki Johnson healed her mind and body while reversing her lupus diagnosis by adopting an alkaline plant-based diet. She founded The Alkaline Electric Goddess to serve plant-based and alkaline electric foods that bring you comfort and are delicious while healing your body. 

Martina Jackson (CaptureNoire)

—Second place and people’s choice
Martina Jackson

Martina Jackson | CaptureNoire

Martina Jackson’s passion for commercial photography helped her see the need for a program like CaptureNoire. The melanin-friendly photography tool optimizes the natural pigments found in diverse skin tones. The company is dedicated to empowering user’s creativity and capturing their true reflection. 

Jason and Timika Payne (JLP Logistics)
—Third place
Timika Payne | JLP Logistics

Timika Payne | JLP Logistics

Jason and Timika Payne saw the need for quality box truck transportation services such as Full Truckload (FTL), Less-Than-Full-Truckload (LTL), and Expedited Trucking Services, and they delivered! JLP Logistics offers dependable, fast, and trustworthy transportation services to clients in the public and private sectors throughout Indiana and nationwide.

Other participants included:

  • WellHeartz 
  • Walk By Faith Counseling LLC 
  • LeafyNotes.AI
  • MRLM Residential Care Home
  • Good Grief Now 


IMPACT Central Indiana provides donors with an impact investment vehicle—a donor IMPACT account—through which they can use charitable dollars to invest in for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises that have a social or charitable component. Successful investments will then flow back into the donor’s IMPACT account and can be redeployed in subsequent IMPACT investments.


Want to learn more about investing with IMPACT Central Indiana or any other aspect of IMPACT Central Indiana’s work?

Contact Sarah Weaver, J.D. at or Tom Kilian at

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