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Black Women Talk Tech Announces $100K Pitch Contest At Upcoming Conference

Black Women Tech Talk-Roadmap to Billions-New Voices Fund

Black Women Talk Tech is partnering with New Voices Fund to host a $100,000 pitch competition at their upcoming Roadmap to Billions Conference.

Now in its third year, the NYC event slated for February 27 – March 1 will offer the chance for attendees to win equity-free cash prizes. Participants must be black female founders at the helm of scalable tech ventures. The application deadline is February 15.

The event will showcase an engaging line-up of speakers, including Founder and Managing Partner at Backstage Capital, Arlan Hamilton; Co-founder and former President of Zume Pizza, Julia Collins; award-winning author, Luvvie Ajayi; and Black & Brown Founders Executive Director Aniyia Williams, among others.

Attendees will experience 3 full days of workshops, panels, showcases, networking, celebrating, and pampering. A founders-only pre-conference retreat takes place on February 27.

Black Women Talk Tech: Roadmap to Billions 2018 Video

In fact, the trio spearheading BWTT has a unique understanding of the challenges black women startup owners face in the industry, but most importantly they understand the invaluable contributions of these innovators.

“We encourage all women to embrace tech as a career and business opportunity. There are so many ways technology is incorporated in everyday life. The BWTT Conference and network provide a perfect forum to learn about industry resources and connect with investors,” says BWTT co-founder Esosa Igohdaro, who also leads her own startup CoSign.

BWTT seeks to identify, support, and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. With over 500 founders, the organization is the largest black women tech forum nationally. The annual Roadmap to Billions Conference was developed to provide an empowering experience for black women tech entrepreneurs to learn about business growth strategies and connect with investors and other tech founders.

“We believe in learning from those who are paving the way,” adds BWTT Co-Founder Regina Gwynn who doubles up as Co-Founder & CEO of TresseNoire Beauty. “As business owners, we value the opportunity to learn from their successes and failures and gain insight and valuable lessons that will inspire and guide other founders on their own paths to success.”

BWTT founders with New Voices Fund CEO Richelieu Dennis

“The conference was developed from the perspective of women, the goal is to showcase the brilliance of black women in tech, create a stage for our experiences, foster deep connections, and create real funding opportunities,” says Lauren Washington, who is also who is also Cofounder & CEO of KeepUp and Co-Founder of Fundr.

With research showing that black women are the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs, all three founders firmly believe it’s just a matter of time before we start creating billion-dollar companies. This month’s Roadmap to Billions is a testimony to their determination to help move the needle.

Visit the website to buy tickets for the “Roadmap to Billions” taking place February 27 – March 1.

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    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye
    Kunbi Tinuoye is the founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz. Previously, she worked as a News Correspondent for NBC’s theGrio. Prior, she was a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC in London. Tinuoye currently sits on the SXSW Pitch Advisory Board and CES Conference Advisory Board. She is a key player in the Atlanta tech startup ecosystem and serves as a mentor for Comcast NBCUniversal’s The Farm Accelerator. Tinuoye has received several awards and accolades, including being honored with a Resolution from the Georgia Legislative.