TechConnect is a 2-day summit that explores the intersection between technology, culture and entertainment.  A premier destination for innovators of color, TechConnect features:

  •  The Podcast Village, an interactive space elevating important voices for change.
  •  The Live, Love, Learn, Lifestyle Lounge, a robust space to engage with fashion + beauty brands.
  •  The Google Pop-Up Lab! An immersive experience that brings Black history to life. 

CLICK HERE to register for TechConnect

TechConnect Demo Day is a confluence of tech + social change for innovators to pitch viable solutions to pressing issues facing communities of color.

Pitch your social innovation startup and win $10,000 in cash and prizes!  Space is limited. 

CLICK HERE  to submit your pitch

Experience the Annual Conference like never before. Be sure to register for TechConnect today!



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How I Did It—Women Bosses Who Built Profitable Brands

Three dynamic women share stories about their paths to growing lucrative businesses from the ground up.

How I Built A Booming Beauty Brand
Mane Choice founder Courtney Adeyele shares how she went from YouTube to launching a successful beauty brand.

How I Built A Lifestyle Brand Into A Digital Empire
Hear how Marve Frazier, founder of Bossip and Madame Noire went from blogger to media maven by building an influential lifestyle brand.
Speaker: Marve Frazier (iOne Digital)

For The Culture: How Creatives of Color Are Leading the Renaissance of Black Media

With the surge of unapologetically black film and television projects starring, produced and/or directed by African-Americans, black media appears to be in the midst of a renaissance.  Our panel will discuss whether this resurgence is a paradigm shift or merely a heightened moment of black culture and the best way get exposure for your project.

Success In The Midwest: Meet The Minority Innovators Leading The Region’s Tech Revolution presented by Drive Capital

With an abundance of opportunity and less competition, more startups are fleeing the valley and flocking to the Midwest.  Hear how our panel of minority tech leaders are paving the way for innovation, the impact that inclusive environments have on the tech ecosystem and the benefits of investing in the region.

Moderator: Jason Mars, Clinc

David White, Battelle
Tanisha Robinson, BrewDog
Dawn Dickson, PopCom


Shoot Your Shot: Turn Your Passion For Sports Into A Business Opportunity curated by Answer Key

From improving player performance to elevating the fan experience, technology is transforming the sports industry.  Learn about innovative technologies that span from the stadium to the streets as well as potential business opportunities to disrupt and shape growth of the trillion-dollar industry.

Lunch, Listen & Learn: VC 101- Attracting Venture Capital To Your Startup, curated by The Network Journal                                         

Funding is one of the biggest hurdles startup founders face in starting and scaling their businesses.  Our panel of venture capital experts share the best way to attract VCs, how to determine if your company is venture-backable, what VCs look for before investing, and how to best utilize the first round of funding. 


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