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 Pizza, Inc., Founder, and CEO of Planet Forward Ventures

In 2015, Julia co-founded Zume Pizza, Inc. and serves as President of Zume Pizza, 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.

Ashja Jones

WNBA Player

Serial Entrepreneur | Investor

Maya “Shameless Maya” Washington

Shameless Maya

Creator of Shameless Maya

Luvvie Ajayi

I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual

Author | Speaker | Activist.

Randi Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg Media

Founder & CEO

Kahina Van Dyke


SVP of Business and Corporate Development

Charley Moore

Rocket Lawyer

Founder and CEO

Tiffany Aliche

The Budgetnista


Judy Robinett

Author of “Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup"

Lauren Ash

Black Girl In Om

Founder and Executive Director

Melissa L. Bradley

1863 Ventures & New Voices Foundation

Managing Partner & Advisor

Mona-Lisa Pinkney

Nike, Inc.

Sr. Director, Governance, Risk, Compliance & Engagement

Alia J. Daniels


Co-Founder | COO

Rashad Howard

Engine Blox


Gayle Jennings O’Byrne

iNTENT Manifesto

Founder & CEO

Gary Johnson

NYCx | NYC Mayor's Office

Director of Strategy & Operations

Ed Zimmerman

Lowenstein Sandler, LLP

Founder & Chair, Tech Group

Roshawnna Novellus


Founder & CEO

Christian Johnson

Beautiful Brains, LLC


Chuck Pettid



Jisoo Kim

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Gabriela López

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Nwamaka Imasogie


CTO & Founder

Chris Lwanga


Senior Director, Software Partnerships

Darlene Gillard Jones


Director of Community

Deena McKay

Black Tech Unplugged

Host & Founder

Ashley M. Williams


Founder and CEO

Kyla Brown


Project Manager

Traci Copeland


Master Trainer

Ruth Yakubu


Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate

DJ C DeVone

Curated by C. DeVone

DJ & Founder

Brittney Oliver

Lemons 2 Lemonade


Kelly Fryer


Program Manager, Barclays NYC

Kim Chanel

Trappin for the 99 & 2000s


Junae Brown

Browned 2 Perfection Agency


Porter Braswell


CEO and Cofounder

Christine S. Ntim

Haiti Tech Summit

Forbes 30 Under 30 | Founder

Aniyia Williams

Black & Brown Founders

Executive Director

Janeya Griffin

The Commercializer

Founder & CEO

Amanda E. Johnson

Mented Cosmetics

Co-Founder & COO

Charell Star

Essence Global |

Dir. of Content and Innovation | Editor in Chief

Erika Jefferson

Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)

President and Founder

Angela Matheny

Colonial Consulting, LLC

Head of Diverse Manager Equity

KJ Miller

Mented Cosmetics

Co-Founder & CEO

Kobi Wu


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 As An EntrepreneurSpeakers: Lauren Ash interviewed by Tiffany Hardin
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Stress Relief Through Yoga brought to you by NikeMaster Yoga Trainer:Traci Copeland
8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Beauty Shop: hair, nails, massages and facials to get you ready for the conference! brought to you by TresseNoire

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
Speaker: Charley Moore
11:30am - 12:15pm
Building a Modern Remote Workforce
Speaker:Alexa Battista
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
Speakers: Rashad Howard, Christian Johnson
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Getting the Investment Ecosystem to Work to Your Advantage
Speaker: Gayle Jennings
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Approaching AI Ethically-brought to you by Microsoft Speaker: Ruth Yakubu
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Cybersecurity in an Unsecure World-brought to you by Nike Speaker: Mona-Lisa Pinkney
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Closing Remarks: Corporate and Startup Partnerships Speaker: Chris Lwanga interviewed by Laura Mignott
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Investor Reception - by invite only brought to you by SamsungNext, Hosted by: Angela Matheny, Ed Zimmerman

Side B

9:30am - 10:15am
Creating Great Advisory & Director BoardsSpeaker: Darlene Gillard
10:30am - 11:15am
How to Get Acquired - brought to you by Davis Wright TremaineSpeakers: Jisoo Kim, Gabriella Lopez
11:30am - 12:15pm
Going from Scrappy to Established
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Using social media ads to build your audience- brought to you by Facebook
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Fostering Strong Investor Relationships Speaker: Judy Robinett
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Agile Product Management Techniques- Speaker: Kyla Brown
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
Personal Finances: How to Prepare, Manage and Build Wealth
Speaker: Tiffany Budgetnista Aliche
11:00am - 11:15pm
Snack and Networking Break
11:15am - 12:30pm
How to Fund Your Company Outside of InvestorsSpeakers: Gary Johnson, Chuck Pettid, Roshawnna Novellus, Aniyia Williams moderated by Janeya Griffin
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Building Blockchain into Your Technology Speaker: Kahina Van Dyke interviewed by Brittney Oliver
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Networking Lunch/VIP Lunch
2:00pm - 2:40pm
Black Girl Magic Talks
2:45pm - 3:45pm
$100K Pitch Competition Judges Melissa Bradley, Kelly Fryer, Chris Lwanga, Randi Zuckerburg
3:45pm - 4:00pm
Networking Break
4:00pm -5:00pm
Fireside Chat & Tech Trailblazer Award
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Networking Break
6:30pm - 9:30pm
After Party Hosts DJ C DeVeone, Kim Chanel, Junae Brown

Side B

10:15am - 11:00am
Creating Products for the CultureSpeakers: Amanda Johnson,KJ Miller, Alia Daniels, Porter Braswell moderated by Deena McKay
11:15am - 12:30pm
Finding A Technical Co-FounderSpeakers: Erika Jefferson, Nwamaka Imasogie, Christine Ntim moderated by Ashley Williams
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Getting Your Startup Off the Ground Speaker: Chris Lwanga

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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
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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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Early bird pricing ends December 1st.

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*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.

How do I apply for the pitch?
When you purchase a founder’s ticket, you will receive the application to pitch.

Who is eligible for the pitch?
Any tech or scalable company at any stage run by a black women founder is eligible to pitch.

What are the rules for the pitch?
10 finalists will be chosen from the application pool. Finalists will have to attend an online pitch training prior to the event and submit their pitch materials beforehand. On March 1st, finalists will pitch on stage for 3 minutes in front of our judges. Judges will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and will also allot prizes to all the other finalists.

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.