Feb 27th — Mar 1st, 2019
Union West
New York, NY

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Black Women Talk Tech is excited to present the 3rd annual Roadmap to Billions 2019 Conference. Join us at the only annual tech conference created exclusively by black women founders for black female founders and their supporters.

A conference built 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. We believe in learning from those who are paving the way. Through their successes, (and failures), gain insight and valuable lessons to inspire and guide you on your path to success.

Join over 1000 investors, tech evangelists, founders who are just starting out and those who have been in the game for years at the largest gathering of black women tech founders in the world.

3 FULL Days of workshops, panels, showcases, networking, pampering and celebrating

3 Powerhouse Black Women Keynote Speakers

3 Black Women Tech Founders created this conference JUST FOR YOU!

“Entrepreneurship can be isolating. BWTT allowed me to be in the room with like minded women who want what I want. Success.”

2018 Conference Attendee




Founder + Managing Partner
CEO + Co-founder, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders.



Co-founder and former President, Zume, Inc., Founder, and CEO of Planet Forward Ventures

In 2015, Julia co-founded Zume Pizza and serves as President of Zume, Inc. Zume is a technology enabled food company whose mission is to make healthy food fast and accessible to every single person on earth. Zume’s patented cooking en-route technology makes it the first company to successfully cook pizza while it is being delivered to the customer so that the pizza arrives at the peak of flavor and freshness with no added sugar or harmful chemicals. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Julia Collins received her BA from Harvard College in 2001 and her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Tremayne and their son Mosi.

Tiffany Aliche

The Budgetnista


Lauren Ash

Black Girl In Om

Founder and Executive Director

Alia J. Daniels


Co-Founder | COO

Kahina Van Dyke


SVP of Business and Corporate Development

Tiffany Hardin


Strategic Partnerships

Rashad Howard

Engine Blox


Nwamaka Imasogie


CTO & Founder

Erika Jefferson

Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)

President and Founder

Gary Johnson

NYCx | NYC Mayor's Office

Director of Strategy & Operations

Christian Johnson

Beautiful Brains, LLC


Amanda Johnson

Mented Cosmetics


Jisoo Kim

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Gabriela López

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Angela Matheny

Colonial Consulting, LLC

Head of Diverse Manager Equity

KJ Miller

Mented Cosmetics

Co-Founder & CEO

Charley Moore

Rocket Lawyer

Founder and CEO

Roshawnna Novellus


Founder & CEO

Gayle Jennings O’Byrne

iNTENT Manifesto

Founder & CEO

Chuck Pettid



Kobi Wu


Founder & CEO

Ed Zimmerman

Lowenstein Sandler, LLP

Founder & Chair, Tech Group

Randi Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg Media

Founder & CEO

More speakers coming soon!


Founder Retreat: Get to know fellow founders, relax, focus on wellness, and pamper yourself so you’re ready to go the night before we get down to business.

5:30pm - 8:00pm
Check In at Hotel / Grab Conference Badge
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Making Time for Wellness
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Stress Relief Through Yoga, (brought to you by Nike)
8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Beauty Shop: hair, nails, massages and facials to get you ready for the conference!

Founders Only: Ready for b-school? Get your learning on with a day full of workshops tailored to put your business on the track to a billion dollars. End the day with an invite-only investor reception.

Side A

8:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 9:10am
Day One Kickoff
9:10am - 9:30am
Black Women Talk Tech Founder Welcome
9:30am - 10:15am
Scaling Your Team With Your Growth
10:30am - 11:15am
Legal on a Shoestring
11:30am - 12:15pm
Building a Modern Remote Workforce
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Lunch with Fireside Chat with Arlan Hamilton
1:45pm - 2:30pm
How to Go From Zero to $1M in One Year
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Getting the Investment Ecosystem to Work to Your Advantage
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Technical Workshop A- brought to you by Microsoft
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Technical Workshop C
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Closing Remarks
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Investor Reception- by invite only

Side B

9:10am - 9:30am
Creating Great Advisory & Director Boards
9:30am - 10:15am
Creating Great Advisory & Director Boards
10:30am - 11:15am
How to Get Acquired - brought to you by Davis Wright Tremaine
11:30am - 12:15pm
Going from Scrappy to Established
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Turning Your Brand Into A Movement- brought to you by Nike
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Fostering Strong Investor Relationships
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Technical Workshop B- brought to you by Microsoft
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Technical Workshop D

All Attendees: Get inspired by founders stories of tribulation, triumph and discovery on the journey to billions. Cap the day off with party you won’t want to miss!

Side A

8:30am - 9:00am
9:00am - 9:10am
Day Two Kickoff
9:10am - 9:30am
Black Women Talk Tech Founder Welcome
9:30am - 10:15am
Keynote with Julia Collins
10:15am - 11:00am
Building gamification into your product
11:00am - 11:30pm
Networking Break
11:30am - 12:15pm
How to Fund Your Company Outside of Investors
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Lunch Fireside Chat & Tech Trailblazer Award
1:45pm - 2:15pm
Technical Workshop A
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Technical Workshop C
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Black Girl Magic Talks
4:00pm - 5:00pm
$10K Pitch Competition
5:00pm -5:30pm
Closing Remarks
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Networking Break
6:30pm - 9:30pm
After Party

Side B

10:15am - 11:00am
Creating Products for the Culture
11:30am - 12:15pm
Finding A Technical Co-Founder
1:45pm - 2:15pm
Technical Workshop B
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Technical Workshop D

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VIP Founder Pass General Admission Student After Party
Founder's Retreat
Full Day One
Exhibition Booth*
Investor Reception
Special Founder Swag
Full Day Two
Swag Room
Beauty Lounge Access
Headshot Photo Booth
After Party Access w/drinks specials
Special Gift
VIP Lounge
Priority Seating
Day 2 VIP Lunch w/special guest
After Party Access w/open bar and food
Access to recruiting booths

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$50.00Book Ticket

Early bird pricing ends December 1st.

Discount code can only be used once and cannot be combined with any other coupon.

*Founder ticket is subject to verification by our team, prior to final ticket purchase approval.  This means that we will verify that you are a black woman founder with a scalable business. Refunds will be given to those who do not fit those requirements.


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FAQ Section ONE

Is the conference only for black women founders?

It’s not! While the first day is for black women founders, the second day is open to everyone!

What are the differences between the three days?

The first two days are geared towards the founders of scalable tech companies with workshops that will help them grow their business into billion dollar companies. The third day is for everyone and highlights the incredible work being done in tech.

What are the requirements for attending founder’s day?

You must identify as a black woman and have a scalable company. We have requirements for the first day because the content is refined specifically for people who fit this description and because they will be interacting with investors and media who are looking for these types of founders.

What do you consider a scalable or tech company?

We define scalable as a company where the hours worked doesn’t directly equal the revenue created and full time as 40 hours a week. This typically does not include consulting, agencies, brick and mortar retail or blogs.

When will I know if my founder ticket is approved?

If you believe you fit the above requirements, you can purchase a founder’s ticket immediately. We will be reviewing all tickets and if you do not fit the requirements, you will be refunded within a week of purchasing.

How do I get considered for the Pitch Competition, Black Girl Magic Talks, Founder Booth or Fellowship?

After you purchase a founder’s ticket, you will receive a follow up email to apply for these opportunities, which are only available to those attending the conference. You will be contacted closer to the conference if you’ve been chosen for any of these opportunities.

What are the requirements for a student ticket?

To purchase a student ticket, you must buy it with a student email and provide a profile that confirms you are a student. The student tickets are only available for access to Day 2 and do not apply to the founder’s day. If after review, we find a student pass has been purchased without proper validation, it will be refunded.

Can I get a refund?

The only refunds that will be given are for founders or students who do not fit the proper requirements. Otherwise, there are no refunds on any passes and founder passes are non-transferable.

Do you have a hotel block or travel discounts?

Yes, we have a hotel block and travel discounts which can be accessed through our travel partner, Upside. When you spend $500 in travel on their site, you’ll get $100 in gift cards. Click the link above and fill out a profile to get more information.

Are you still accepting sponsors?

Yes, we are still accepting sponsors for the conference. Please reach out to us at to discuss open opportunities.

Can I attend as press?

Yes, we have press passes. Please reach out to us at if interested.