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#FOCUS100 is tomorrow!
We’re excited! We’re pumped! We’re dedicated! The #FOCUS100 symposium is where tech startups led by black women can connect with industry innovators, brand managers, and digital influencers. The event consists of a half-day pitch bootcamp, followed by a full-day symposium featuring panels, valuable mentorship sessions and a pitch competition with top angel investors and VCs. #FOCUS100 is October 5-6th in New York City.
Bring your laptop/iPad/smartphone and chargers. There will be power strips! Bring a copy of your pitch deck for print and electronic. Come prepared with questions for your mentors and an open mind to receive constructive feedback.
Eat And Meet:
Ask Mayor Cory Booker A Question!
Check in to #FOCUS100 on Foursquare. We created a Foursquare venue for #FOCUS100. Our official hashtag is #FOCUS100. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and tag photos on Instagram when you arrive on Friday and Saturday.
I’ve been in the tech space straight out of college and my biggest complaint is the lack of shine on women, especially of color, and especially us women who aren’t coders or designers. Us girls who like to write, call the shots, and do all your grunt work behind the scenes exist. Our independent spirit, desire to break out of the norm, and carve our own paths has always been here. But no one has given us the mic just yet in this industry. We are still an underrated minority, constantly planning our next strategic move to the top. Can someone give US a billion dollar funding already?
Black Women + Technology + Innovation
Empowering women of color in tech, FOCUS100 is a weekend conference full of mentorship programs, start-up pitch sessions, and panels aimed at funding 100 black women to start their own business. Have an awesome idea, but need guidance on how to communicate your idea to potential investors, advisors, and co-founders? I suggest you read on:
Register as an attendee: focus100.eventbrite.com (Use code AUGUST2012 for 30% off)
Apply for a scholarship for your tech start-up: digitalundivided.com/scholarship
Register your start-up for PITCH-IT: digitalundivided.com/pitch-it-application
Learn more at DigitalUnDivided.com
FOCUS100 Speaker Coordinator
The goal of the symposium is to have 100 tech based start-ups with black women as owners or equal partners receive outside angel, venture funding or become acquired by the end of 2015 through bootcamps, workshops and mentorship.
I am excited to join the DigitalUndivided team to promote women of color in tech at this October’s FOCUS100 conference. As a young woman having worked in the tech space for a number of years, I’ve experienced the unique challenges women of color face first-hand. I’m also excited to finally see a valuable event come along and give women a fair, unbiased, and honest chance at entrepreneurship. It’s our time to shine.