Where Luminaries Guide Us On Raising Capital

2017 Speakers

Adding More Speakers Soon.

Angela Benton

NewMe, Ceo and Founder

Antonia Dean

Venture For America, Vice President of External Relations

Ariel Lopez

Founder 20/20Shift

Armando Seay

CEO Dovestech LLC & Executive Director Greater Baltimore Cares Mentoring Movement

Brian Brackeen

Karios, CEO and Founder

Chris Christmas

Founder and CEO of Keep Livin

Christopher S. Fils

Vice President and Branch Manager for Morgan Stanley in Silicon Valley, CA.

Derick Pearson

Co-Founder of Black Tech Week, Author, Social Entrepreneur

Felecia Hatcher

Black Tech Week Founder, Author, & Entrepreneur

Hajj Flemings

Brand Camp University, CEO and Founder

Lance Lucas

Founder and CEO of Digit All Systems

Lauren Maillian

Founder and CEO, LMB Group

Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq.

Executive Director of Venture Cafe Miami

Lyneir Richardson

Executive Director, CUEED

Marlon C. Nichols

Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Matt Haggman

Program Director • Knight Foundation

Michael Seibel

CEO and Partner, Y Combinator

Nnena Ukuku

Co-founder, Venture Gained Legal

Peter Walker

Co-Founder and CTO, Jamkazam

Richard Kerby

Vice President, Venrock

Rodney Williams

Founder & CEO of Lisnr

Sarah Kunst

Founder and CEO, Proday

Starex Smith

SVP - Code Fever Miami Inc.; Founder - The Hungry Black Man

Thomas K.R. Stovall

CANDID Microfeedback, Leader: ImBlackInTech Membership Network

Trabian Shorters

BMe Community, CEO and Founder

2017 Schedule

Adding Run Of Show Soon.
Day 1
Feb 23, 2017
Day 2
Feb 24, 2017

Asset Framing – Mastering the Art of Storytelling

Based upon the research of Daniel Kahneman, Chip Heath, Jonah Sachs, Monique Sternin and Jonah Berger; Trabian devised a community engagement and transformation theory called “Asset-Framing” and through the Knight...
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Trabian Shorters

The Game of Business

Dr. Peter Walker was the co-founder and CTO of Spawn Labs, which developed an anywhere, anytime platform that provides remote, real-time, interactive access to products, content, and experiences that rely...
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Peter Walker
11:00 - 11:20

Break

The Art of the Exit

Armando Seay will talk on the three months prior to the sell of a business, and three months after the sell.  In this session Armando will elucidate the process of...
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Armando Seay
12:20 - 13:30

Lunch

Rad Blerds

Black nerds talk about how technology, influence, and businesses are shaping America.  If Black consumers index the highest on social media platforms, how did Trump get elected?  How can Black...
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Starex Smith
Hajj Flemings
Leslie Miley
Derick Pearson

After the Term Sheet – When Shit Gets Real

The good, bad, and ugly of funding.
Nnena Ukuku
Kevin V. Michael
Brian Brackeen

Building Hubs for Inclusive Innovation

This panel examines some of the methods and models used to create inclusive environments for innovation.
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq.
Lyneir Richardson
Antonia Dean
Lance Lucas
15:15 - 15:35

Break

Investing in Stealth Mode

Richard Kerby is a rarity in Silicon Valley: a black venture capitalist.  He’s been the sole African-American investor at both VC firms he’s worked at: Venrock, where he’s a vice...
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Richard Kerby

Entrepreneurship: What’s Really Needed to Survive

Do you have what it takes? Probably. But do you understand how to weather the unpredictability and reactionary approach to constantly pivoting with the moving target and the life of...
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Lauren Maillian

Why I Invested…. – A Fireside Chat Between an Investor and Founder

Learn how Marlon uses his strategic partnership with Atom Factory, to work together to discover, invest in and develop companies that fuel shifts in cultural trends and behaviors within an increasingly diverse...
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Marlon C. Nichols
Rodney Williams

Bad and Boozy

A NIGHT OF DECADENCE, INDULGENCE, AND SOPHISTICATION.
Day 3
Feb 25, 2017

Black Miami History and Innovation Tour

Many people are unaware that the only way Miami was able to incorporate was because of the Black vote.  Learn more Black historical facts, taste delicious food, and meet the...
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