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
DAY ONE KEYNOTE:
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.
DAY TWO KEYNOTE:
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.
DAY TWO KEYNOTE:
Founder and CEO, Moore Haircare,
Founder, Moore Vision Media
Kenya Moore is the triple threat with beauty, brains, and talent. Originally from Detroit, the former psychology major left Michigan with fierce drive and determination to build her own unique brand. She is well-known for being crowned “Miss USA” and has also acted alongside many “A-list” celebrities.
Now, Kenya is looking to grow her production company, Moore Vision Media, as well as launch a new business venture, Moore Hair Care. She is relentless in her pursuit of happiness and is laser focused on having it all…but on her own terms.
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.
ACE Hotel - 20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
Speakers: Lauren Ash interviewed by Tiffany Hardin
Master Yoga Trainer:Traci Copeland
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.
Speakers: Jisoo Kim, Gabriela Lopez, Grace Legodi
Speaker: Immanuel Beech
Speaker: Chris Lwanga
Speaker: Mona-Lisa Pinkney
Speaker: Chris Lwanga interviewed by Laura Mignott
Hosted by: Angela Matheny, Ed Zimmerman
Speaker: Yashreeka Huq, Jonathan Sagot
Speakers: Rashad Howard, Christian Johnson
Speaker: Gayle Jennings
Speaker: Kyla Brown
Speaker: Alan Turner
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!
Speakers: Amanda Johnson,KJ Miller, Alia Daniels, Porter Braswell
moderated by Deena McKay
Speakers: Gary Johnson, Chuck Pettid, Roshawnna Novellus, Aniyia Williams moderated by Janeya Griffin
Speaker: Kahina Van Dyke interviewed by Brittney Oliver
Judges Melissa Bradley, Kelly Fryer, Chris Lwanga, Randi Zuckerburg
Speaker: Tiffany Budgetnista Aliche
Speakers: Erika Jefferson, Nwamaka Imasogie, Christine Ntim moderated by Ashley Williams
Speaker: Ruth Yakubu
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Buy A Pass
|VIP||Founder Pass||General Admission||Student||After Party|
|Full Day One|
|Special Founder Swag|
|Full Day Two|
|Beauty Lounge Access|
|Headshot Photo Booth|
|After Party Access w/drinks specials|
|Day 2 VIP Lunch w/special guest|
|After Party Access w/open bar and food|
|Access to recruiting booths|
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. Founder Booths are first come, first served.
Interested in sponsorship or becoming a partner? Contact Us for complete details.
Sponsorship listing is subject to change.
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FAQ Section ONE
It’s not! While the first day is for black women founders, the second day is open to everyone!
ACE Hotel – 20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.