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Network Spotlight: Black Women Talk Tech

Black Women Talk Tech BWTT

Tell us a bit about your network

Black Women Talk Tech, Inc., co-founded in 2016, by Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro and Lauren Washington, is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges black women-led startups face in the industry, but most importantly they understand the contribution of these innovators. The organization seeks to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. Black Women Talk Tech is the host of an annual conference “Roadmap to Billions” which was developed to provide an empowering experience for black women tech entrepreneurs to learn about business growth strategies and connect with investors and other tech founders.

The BWTT community is now over 3,000 founders, engineers, technologists and developers that engage with local chapters in Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

Today there are 6 chapters, three more (LA, Austin and Miami) planned for 2019. Each chapter is led by 2 chapter leaders who are tech founders.

To learn more about Black Women Talk Tech please visit www.blackwomentalktech.com and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@blackwomentalktech).

What is your network’s prime objective?

Our mission:

We are a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges we face in the industry, but also of the advantages we can bring. We’re here to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion dollar business.

How is your network helping women to progress in the workplace?

We implement our mission and vision of assisting black female founders to create billion dollar enterprises by offering an interactive deep learning experience at our annual “Roadmap to Billions” conference and by offering members access to ongoing technical expertise and support through our chapters.

Tell us about your events?

Our annual conference “Roadmap to Billions” is the base event that started the inspiration, support and identification of the need for a continual support network.

The Chapter Events

Each chapter’s desire is to inspire, support and provide members with the tools and access to funding opportunities they need to scale their businesses.

Events include meet ups and expert speaker presentations with Q&A and networking. Speaker events highlight various experts who cover topics such as technical needs, access to funding, successful pitching and how to develop your tech team.

What should we expect if we join?

We embrace the power of collaborations. Collaborations provide opportunities for expanded programming and networking opportunities that can assist with growth of members and their tech startups.

How do our members join your network, is there a fee?

Currently, membership is free. We have an application process and follow up communication to make sure the members are a fit.

What advice would you give to anyone who is joining a network for the first time?

Our advice is to be open to learning, networking and bringing your expertise to the group. Each member offers an expertise that may assist another member or members.

Members are offered a discount to the annual conference and other BWTT events.

Any top tips for new networkers? Why is building your network important?

Learning to become a power networker is important to building capital and other tools your business may need for growth.

it’s important to perfect your pitch and remember building a network is about building relationships by providing value and assistance.

Relationships - It is also good to remember that people do business with people they like and know.

Finally, what’s next for your network?

We plan to continue the growth of our network of founders and create additional programming that will assist founders with the growth of their businesses.


Black Women Talk Tech BWTT featured

Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT)

Black Women Talk Tech BWTT

BWTT is a collective of black women tech founders who have a unique understanding of the challenges black women startup owners face in the industry, but most importantly they understand the contribution of these innovators.

The organization seeks to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. The network is the host of an annual conference The Roadmap to Billions which was developed to provide an empowering experience for black women tech entrepreneurs to learn about business growth strategies and connect with investors and other tech founders.

The BWTT network is now over 500 founders and in 2018 launched chapters in Atlanta, Georgia, New York City and San Francisco, California. To learn more please visit www.blackwomentalktech.com and their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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