WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO RID OUR COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION DESERTS

In order to dramatically shift the way Black communities engage and create value within the innovation sector, we focus on drawing resources, training, networks, funding, and inclusive policies into the Black community to build an asset and talent filled space where innovation can thrive. 

Over the past 4 years we have worked to create a magnetic force of talent and opportunity within the Black community that draws resources and opportunities inward to foster increased entrepreneurialism and to reshape the way Black communities engage, contribute, and are valued in the innovation sector.

 

 Our programs include coding and startup bootcamps, monthly office hours, a national conference aimed at increasing deal flow by getting black startup founder access to VC's, advanced education, telling the stories of innovators of color and increasing the resource magnetism of the black community.      

 
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AT THE INTERSECTION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

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Blacktech Week/blacktech weekend

BlackTech Week builds and diversifies startup ecosystems. As a national conference designed to support entrepreneurs of color who are in the startup phase of potential high-growth businesses. BTW provides an inclusive and innovative convening for investment in entrepreneurs of color promoting and supporting sustainable economic development in our communities.  Since it’s inception, BlackTech Week has convened over 2700 techies, career professionals and startup founders from diverse backgrounds.

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womens innovation brunch

Black women are now the fastest growing segment of new new entrepreneurs in the US. Our 2nd annual event is one of the largest convening and summits for black female startup founders in the state of Florida. Over 200 Women Joined us for our 2nd Annual Women's Innovation Brunch in 2016.