By: Amadi Taylor
Black women are proving that we can have billion dollar companies. Three women Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro, and Lauren Washington – decided to create “Black Women Talk Tech”, a network of support and resources for Black women tech founders.
According to BlackNews.com, research shows that Black women are the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs. The number of Black women in tech is rising. The problem is there is a funding gap to support their innovation. This funding gap didn’t stop these founders. In 2017, they organized a conference to provide an empowering experience for Black women tech entrepreneurs to learn about business growth strategies and connect with investors and other tech founders.
In February 2018, they hosted, “The Roadmap to Billions” Black Women Talk Tech’s 2nd annual conference, sponsored by Microsoft. The conference focused on breaking down barriers and promoting #blackgirlmagic in the tech industry. The 2-day conference included 20 expert panels and workshops, 44 speakers, attendees from 22 countries, a $10,000 pitch competition, 14 companies were funded and a founder showcase.
The 3rd annual Roadmap to Billion 2019 Conference is scheduled later this month for February 27th – March 1 at Union West 535 W. 28th St in Manhattan. Black Women Talk Tech is now collaborating with Essence Ventures CEO and founder of the New Voices Fund, Richelieu Dennis, to host a $100,000 Pitch Competition at the Conference.
“We are thrilled to have this partnership to support black women entrepreneurs,” stated BWTT co-founder Esosa Ighodaro.
For more information about the conference, visit their website: www.blackwomentalktech.com/2019-conference/