Black Women Talk Tech is pleased to announce BLCK VC and Upfront Ventures as supporting organizations of the 2022 6th Annual Roadmap to Billions Conference. The event is taking place June 15-17 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York. This year will be hybrid, allowing attendees the option to meet in person or virtually with investors, founders and other tech professionals.
Roadmap to Billions
Roadmap to Billions is the largest tech gathering for Black and Brown women in the world. It’s bringing together over 2,000 founders, created exclusively by Black women tech founders for female, non-binary and allied founders.
These two organizations will help bring forth the main goal of the conference, which is to educate, empower and allocate crucial funding dollars to Black female founders and women entrepreneurs. They will also upskill and connect Black tech executives with Fortune 500 companies to secure their next tech role.
“Upfront Ventures and BLCK VC completely understand the importance of planting seeds in startup companies and presenting them with the proper tools to help them grow,” says Esosa Ighodaro-Johnson, co-founder and CMO of Black Women Talk Tech. “Both organizations also acknowledge the brilliance, tenacity, and resilience that Black women bring to the table. They carry ideas that are labored from both the head and the heart. We couldn’t be more excited to have them on board this year.”
Upfront Ventures will lead the investor roundtable “Are You Ready to Fundraise?”. They will also host a fireside chat with Isoken Igbinedion, of Parfait, titled “Me and My Investor: A Startup Story”.
“It’s no secret how few venture capital dollars have deployed into companies led by Black women. Not only does this limit the access to transformative funding sources, but also perpetuates the wealth gap in the United States,” says Kobie Fuller, Partner at Upfront Ventures. “BWTT serves as a lightning rod to bring together VCs, entrepreneurs and professionals committed to demystifying the space and changing the narrative. Our goal is to find pathways to meaningful partnership and opportunities for founders.”
“How We Break into Venture” panel
BLCK VC will host a panel titled “How We Break into Venture’, discussing venture capital as an asset class that is a largely untapped opportunity for the Black community. However, being a VC isn’t the only way for Black women to break into venture capital. The panel will dive into all the ways Black women can begin investing in venture captial.
“The data we currently have around Black women in venture tells us that we’re good at doing more with less. It seemed more like a back-handed compliment than an important indicator of our boundlessness. The immense talent and brilliance at Roadmap to Billions is the antidote to any messaging indicating otherwise. Anyone not attuned to the innovation and investment opportunities that result from the connections made at Roadmap to Billions is simply missing out. We at BLCK VC are over the moon helping more founders and investors in partnership with BWTT.”
In addition to the partnerships, Andrea Donkor, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Consumer Compliance, will host a noteworthy workshop on the main stage during day one of the conference. Andrea leads PayPal’s compliance function, the development and oversight of PayPal’s regulatory strategy. She also leads the company’s programs relating to fair access and equitable treatment of PayPal’s customers. Andrea also serves on the steering committee for Amplify, PayPal’s community group for Black employees and allies. She proudly serves on the board of the New York Urban League. Donkor also received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. / L.L.M. from Cornell Law School.
If you’d like to register for the conference, visit www.blackwomentalktech.com.
To learn more about BLCK VC, visit www.blckvc.org.
To learn more about Upfront Ventures, visit www.upfront.com.
About BLCK VC
BLCK VC is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization built for and by Black venture investors. It’s dedicated to increasing the representation of Black investors within venture capital now and for generations to come. Through educational programs, networking opportunities and national chapters, BLCK VC provides the tools and connections to accelerate the careers of Black investors in venture capital. When venture capital mirrors the diverse demographics of the U.S., all communities benefit from the wealth created by technology built for the world.
About Upfront Ventures
Upfront Ventures is proud to be an early investor and long-term partner to the world’s most exciting founders and startups. Based in Los Angeles and investing globally, for the past 25 years Upfront has backed standout teams across technology sectors. Upfront Ventures invested in companies including Ring, TrueCar, Apeel Sciences, thredUP, Invoca and Kyriba.
Black Women Talk Tech
Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) is a collective of black women tech founders. They have a unique understanding of the challenges black women startup owners face in the industry. Most importantly, they understand the contribution of these innovators. The organization seeks to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. BWTT has chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, New York City and San Francisco.
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