Fewer than 1% of black - and woman-owned businesses

receive >$1MM in funding. In Hampton Roads 18% of businesses are Black-owned and only 7% of Black-owned businesses are employer firms.

 

Are black-owned businesses prepared to receive capital?

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Friday, November 12th

Learn key resources that have helped founders succeed.

  • Kickoff Keynote featuring Felecia Hatcher, CEO Black Ambition (Pharrell Williams initiative to fund black startups)

  • Black Tech Stories - Founder’s Panel

  • Opportunity Panel with Q&A 

    • VWIEC

    • NAVALX TECHBRIDGE

    • DOMINION ENERGY

  • Closing Keynote

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Felicia Hatcher
CEO, Black Ambition

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FOUNDER STORIES

JarMarcus King
Creative Technologist,
J&F Alliance Group

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FOUNDER STORIES

Aazia Mickens-Dessaso
Techstars

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FOUNDER STORIES

Arion Long
Founder & CEO, Femly

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FOUNDER STORIES

Candice Blacknall
Founder & CEO, GABA

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FOUNDER STORIES

Kadidja Dosso
Founder & CEO, 
Dosso Beauty LLC

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OPPORTUNITY PANEL

Hunter Walsh
Program Manager, 757 Startup Studios

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OPPORTUNITY PANEL

Gerrold M. Walker, II
Director,
Mid Atlantic Tech Bridge

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OPPORTUNITY PANEL

Dr. Kermit Crawford
Executive Director, Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (VWIEC)

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OPPORTUNITY PANEL

Jerry Cronin
Executive Director, ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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CLOSING KEYNOTE

Dr. Sandra Cherry
Vice Mayor,
City of Newport News

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Saturday, November 13th

Learn to execute your business idea from the ideation phase to implementation for long-term growth.

  • Idea Validation 

  • Business Model Canvas 

  • How to Scale Your Business

  • Intellectual Property 

  • Building a Tech Product as a Non-Technical Founder 

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IDEA VALIDATION

Jeff Johnson
Director,
Tech Center
Research Park

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BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

Akosua Acheampomaa
Director,
NSU Innovation Center

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WHAT IT MEANS TO SCALE/BE SCALEABLE

Jim Franklin
Principal & Founder, 
Prodigy Capital Consulting

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

James Brinkley
Founder & CEO, IPGEN

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BUILDING A TECH PRODUCT/BEING A NON-TECHNICAL FOUNDER

Guillermo Fisher​
757 Color Coded

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Sunday, November 14th

Learn how to become venture-backable, starting where you are.

  • Keynote featuring Anthony Obi 

  • Access to Capital Along the Growth Continuum 

  • Later Companies, Funding, and Innovation

  • Investing in Startups Panel

  • Closing Keynote featuring Jeff Johnson

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Anthony Obi Jr. 
Investor, CIT GAP Funds

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GRANTS FOR TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Sean Mallon
VP of Commercialization, 
Center for Innovative Technology

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CROWDFUNDING FOR STARTUP CAPITAL

Christina Cain
Virginia DHCD

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LATER COMPANIES, FUNDING & INNOVATION

Eva Doss
President & CEO,
The Launch Place

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LATER COMPANIES, FUNDING & INNOVATION

Daniel Byler Clark
Associate Director,
757 Angels

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WEALTH THROUGH CRYPTOCURRENCY

Nina Blankenship
CEO, Co-Founder, Crypto Tutors

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CLOSING KEYNOTE

Jeff Johnson 
Director,
Tech Center
Research Park

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