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Summit is designed for minority entrepreneurs in tech and tech-enabled start-ups and businesses who want to grow, get access to capital and leverage the resources available to them.


Your Hidden Power: Success Factors for Minority-Owned Tech Entrepreneurs

Robert Wallace has spent the last four decades launching tech ventures and studying the success factors for entrepreneurs. This multi-decade research led to the “Wallace 4 Quadrant Entrepreneurship Development Model” used by entrepreneurs worldwide.  Find out how to apply the same model to your business and explore the connective links as you leverage your entrepreneurial powers.

Speaker: Robert Wallace, Founder & CEO, BITHGROUP Technologies

1:00 – 1:30 pm

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Study, Master & Create: Practical Steps to Scale Your Tech Venture

As successful business owners, Tasha Sharif and Marion Vanzie know first-hand what it takes to build not just a company, but an environment for the husband and wife team to thrive. Find out how to develop the expertise, relationships, and business model you need to grow.

Speakers: Marion Vanzie, CEO, and Tasha Sharif Vanzie, Chief Strategy Officer, Agile Care Enterprises

1:30 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 2:15 pm BREAK

Panel Discussion: Proven strategies to pitch, fund and protect your business

Get answers to your toughest questions including: How can I best tell my story to investors? What are the best options for funding? How can I gain capital without giving up too much equity? What are the best go-to-market strategies? When should I bring in the lawyers and accountants? How do protect my IP? Our panel of experts have the practical experience you need to solve these challenges and much more.


Kory Bailey (moderator), Chief Ecosystem & Relationship Officer, UpSurge

Mark Lawrence, Founder & Managing Partner, Inncuvate

Naza Shelley, Founder & CEO, CarpeDM

Juliana Buonanno, CEO, Techslice

Adam Phillips, Managing Director, Techstars

2:15 – 3:00 pm


Korry Bailey

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Mark Lawrence

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Naza Shelley