2021 UNICORN
AMBITION CONFERENCE

The Black Men Talk Tech Unicorn Ambition Conference will bring together entrepreneurs, investors and practitioners to share actionable, relevant and timely insights to help grow your buisness.
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October
20-21

Making room in the tech ecosystem for the Black Innovator

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Unicorn Ambition Conference is a national tech conference providing exposure and resources to Black tech founders who are building innovative companies and focused on massive growth, or becoming the next "unicorn." Since inception, the conference has highlighted Miami and South Florida as an emerging tech hub. Our third annual conference will take place on October 21st, over the Hopin virtual platform with supporting in-person events in Miami.

Our previous conferences have brought together some of the best practitioners and entrepreneurs in the business.

The experience provides thought provoking panels, workshops, startup pitches, and networking. Attendees leave with new relationships that they can turn to for advice, camaraderie, partnerships, and investments.

THIS YEAR'S SPEAKERS

Nasir Qadree
Nasir Qadree
Founder & Managing Partner,
Zeal Capital Partner
George Azih
Founder & CEO,
LeaseQuery
Gregory Coleman
Co-Founder & CEO,
Sworkit
Lister Delgado
Managing Partner,
IDEA Fund Partners
Keegan Phillip
Keegan Phillip
Senior Manager,
PitchBook Data
Kevin Dedner
Kevin Dedner
CEO & Founder,
Hurdle
Kyle Standard
Senior Analyst, VC,
PitchBook
Jorge Andres
Jorge Andres Cortes
COO & Co-Founder,
UnifyIT
Nichole Bestman
Nicole Bestman
Founder,
Shipfair
Joseph Drayton - Partner @ Cooley LLP
Joseph Drayton
Partner,
Cooley LLP
Jovante Ham
CEO,
Mel X
Candice Cook Simmons
Managing Member,
The Cook Law Group
Lee Pham
Founder & Principal,
Teleiosis
Damion Wright
Global DEI Talent Program Manager,
Intuit
Joey Womack
Founder & CEO,
Goodie Nation
Chad Harris - VC @ SB Opportunity Fund
Chad Harris
Venture Capitalist,
Soft Bank Opportunity Fund
Bradford Jones - Venture Capitalist @ Insight Partners
Bradford Jones
Venture Capitalist,
Insight Partners
McKeever Conwell, II - Venture Capitalist @ RareBreed Ventures
McKeever Conwell,II
Venture Capitalist,
RareBreed Ventures
Jason Merce - Principal @ Cleveland Avenue
Jason Mercer
Principal,
Cleveland Avenue
Luke Cooper
Luke Cooper
Chairman & CEO,
No Mud No Magic
Moaz Hamid
Founder & Managing Partner,
mvmt.ai
Lewis Burnham
Lewis Burnham
Venture Fellow,
IDEA Fund Partners
Lawrence Latimer
Laurence Latimer
Founder & Principal,
LGL Growth Consulting
Vernon J
Vernon J
Founder,
EquityCoin
Shile Burney: General Partner @ Zane Venture Fund
Shila Nieves Burney
General Partner,
Zane Venture Fund
Marcus Glover
General and Managing Partner, Lockstep Ventures
Tessa Flippin
Founder and Managing Partner,
Capitalize VC
Patrick Kigongo
Product Manager,
18F, Technology Transformation Services
Natasha Bansgopaul
Presidential Innovation Fellow,
TTS
Brandy Thomas
Presidential Innovation Fellow,
TTS
Brandy Thomas
Consulting Engineer,
18F

PITCH COMPETITION

Our virtual pitch competition will feature founders from all over the country. We accept applications from tech and tech-enabled startups. If you’re interested in pitching them please apply. Every year is super competitive, good luck!
Conference Date: 21 October 2021
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PAST SPEAKERS

Marlon Nichols
Shu Nyatta
Brian Brackeen
Monique Idlet-Mosley
Kalam Dennis
Travis LeBlanc
Rodney Williams
Nasir Qadree
Andrew Olaleye
Andrew Olaleye
William Crowder
Travis Holoway
Daricus Releford
Kai Bond
Nan Wang
Ian Falou
Solomon Hailu

THE BENEFITS

NETWORKING
Breakout sessions and opportunities between panels to connect with other founders, investors, and practitioners.
INVESTOR ACCESS
Opportunities to speak with investors all in one centralized location. Get that elevator pitch ready!
WORLD-CLASS CONTENT
Our curated content was carefully designed to speak to the issues at the heart of what tech founders are dealing with today.
PITCH EVENT
Come promote your company, get exposure, get connected to investors, win prize money, all tech startups welcome. Details to follow.
WORKSHOPS
Conference Attendees will have breakout sessions that will allow the founders to connect with other founders and investors in real world exercises.
FIRST-CLASS SPEAKERS
All of our speakers have been vetted by the BMTT team and are well respected within the tech community and beyond. Keep an eye on this ever growing list of speakers.
INSIGHTS
Prepare to take notes as we plan to deliver a full day of new ideas and content that you can take back to your startup and get to work on buiding out that Unicorn.

The Complete Agenda

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1:00PM - 4:00PM
Tech & Hoops
Join the Black Men Talk Tech 2021 Unicorn Ambition Conference attendees for an informal game of hoops.
20
October
In-Person, Miami
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Welcome Mixer
Mix, mingle, and connect with other investors, founders, and tech evangelists. Located in the heart of Wynwood, Miami's trendy arts district, join us at the beautiful Freehold, open bar on us until sold out.
10:00AM - 10:15AM
Opening Address from Founders and Host
Boris Moyston, Abiodun Johnson, and Evan Leaphart
21
October
Virtual via Hopin
10:15AM - 10:55AM
PitchBook Market Update: Who's Getting Funded and How
Keegan Phillip and Kyle Stanford
Build Your Tech Business Without using Code
Nichole Bestman
11:00AM - 11:50AM
VC Investor Change Agents
Nasir Qadree, Lister Delgado, and Marcus Glover
12:00PM - 12:50PM
Keynote
The Struggle & Perseverance: The Ten Year Overnight Success Story
George Azih
Founder & CEO, LeaseQuery
1:00PM - 1:50PM
Networking: Entrepreneurs, Investors, & Practitioners Moshpit
Finding Product Market Fit
Gregory Coleman
The Founder's Financial Journey presented by Intuit
Jovante Ham and Damion Wright
TTS Breakout Session: Making Nationwide Impact: Tech Careers in Government
Patrick Kigongo, Natasha Bansgopaul, Brandy Thomas, and Nathaniel Price
Investor Office Hours
Chad Harris, Mac Conwell, Jason Mercer, Luke Cooper, Moaz Hamid, Lewis Burnham, Bradford Jones, Laurence Latimer, Tessa Flippin, Qiana Patterson, and Rob Runett
PitchBook Breakout Session
Kyle Standford
2:00PM - 2:50PM
StageBlockchain & NFT Trends
Jorge Cortes and Vernon J
Legal Discussion on IP
Jaret Davis, Lestin Kenton, Candice Cook Simmons, Joseph Drayton, Lee Pham
3:00PM - 3:50PM
Mental Wellness, Entrepreneurship & Keeping a Sound Mind
Kevin Dedner
Founder & CEO, Hurdle
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Pitch Competition
Amazing tech entrepreneurs from all over the country will be pitching for status and for prize money. Come watch and get motivated by some of the best early stage startup founders as they talk about their business opportunity and current traction.

With Joey Womack, Shila Nieves Burney, Lloyd Reshard, and Salah Goss

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