By Nancy Dahlberg
Later this month, Miami will welcome a new startup conference. Unicorn Ambition will promote collaborations between the tech ecosystem and black men with the goal of having tech entrepreneurs grow their brands into billion-dollar companies.
Co-founders of Black Men Talk Tech Collective and its inaugural conference, Unicorn Ambition, are: Abiodun Johnson of New York, founder of Nexstar; Evan Leaphart, founder of Kiddie Kredit and from Miami; Temante Leary, founder of ClassUpdates and also from Miami; and Boris Moyston, founder of Fundr.ai and from New York. With support from the successful Black Women Talk Tech Conference, they will bring the Unicorn Ambition conference to Miami on October 23rd-24th 2019.
Over 15 speakers will be featured at the conference, including Knight Foundation’s Raul Maos, Lightship Capital’s Brian Brackeen, William Crowder of 42 Ventures and Andrew Olalaye of Chatdeck. Supporters of the conference include the Knight Foundation, the Beacon Council, Founders of Color, FIU, Startup Grind, Space Called Tribe, Miami Angels, Chibur and others. Catering will be sponsored by Dwyane Wade's restaurant 800 Degrees.
Find out more about the conference Oct. 23-24 and buy tickets here: https://www.blackmentalktech.com/
"The diversity of Miami's community has always been a key driver of our success and competitive advantage. Blacktech Week created great traction over the past few years to bring attention to the opportunity that exists for this demographic locally and nationally," said Christine Johnson, Vice President, Innovation, Economic Development of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, in the news release. "Black Men Talk Tech's inaugural conference in Miami demonstrates the further recognition of Miami as a prime hub to attract and expand underrepresented talent and entrepreneurship in technology and innovation."
The BMTT sister organization Black Women Talk Tech is based in New York and has grown to over a half-dozen cities including London.
BMTT is calling for applications of tech startups to pitch at Unicorn Ambition. The winner of the competition will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
“We are an inclusive conference and anyone from an underrepresented group who is male is allowed to enter our competition. Everyone is welcome to attend our conference as well. We want a diverse crowd, which is right in line with Miami as a city,” said Leary.
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