Black Women Are Talking Tech at the Roadmap to Billions Conference - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Black Women Talk Tech is holding its second annual conference in New York City at the Microsoft location in Times Square. The conference is titled “Roadmap to Billions” and is focused on “tearing down roadblocks and promoting #blackgirlmagic in the tech industry,” according to their website. It will include two full days of expert panels and workshops, keynotes, a $10,000 pitch competition, founder showcases, performances, and celebrations.

Here is the breakdown: According to the site, the first day will be made up of black women founders, giving them the blueprint of how to build a billion-dollar company. Attendees will connect one-on-one with investors, listen to workshops tailored to their business and have exclusive opportunities to promote their companies to the media. This day is invite- or application-only.

The second day of the conference is giving black female founders the spotlight.

“We started Black Women Talk Tech because we saw how hard black women are working to create billion-dollar businesses, but are still struggling to be seen, supported, and funded. Black women are the most educated, fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs. Together with allies, we can turn that ‘black girl magic’ into the next tech unicorn,” stated the site.

I will be hosting the event with speakers including Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands and Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of Sweeten, an award-winning website that matches home and small business owners with renovation needs to the best architects, designers, and general contractors for their projects.

Topics will include everything from how to develop founder relationships to managing your mental health while building your startup and it looks like they will be taking a deep dive within these 45-minute conversations.

Last year’s conference had quite the success with over 300 requests for invites, 30 talented black women entrepreneurs in attendance, 30 investors and supporters, and an incredible list of speakers who’d never before been seen on stage together.

Conference dates are Feb. 28–March 3, 2018. For more information, click here.

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Sequoia Blodgett

Sequoia Blodgett is a Reporter for Black Enterprise. She is also the founder of Commas, a consulting firm that gives entrepreneurs access to top tech and creative resources to help them grow their business.


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