Black Leaders Month: Funders, Founders & Innovators

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:30 – 8:00 PM UTC

We're thrilled to be co-hosting not one but four amazing sessions in honor of Black Leaders Month. Join us for two hours of content about funding Black founders, building companies all over the country, creating meaningful connections within the startup ecosystem, and inspiring stories from founders, leaders, and investors. *Scroll down to view speakers, agenda, and conversation topics*

Virtual event

About this event

Have you heard? October is Black Leaders Month at Startup Grind, which means we are highlighting and celebrating powerful Black leaders all across the globe!

The Hollywood chapter is excited to co-host 7 incredible Black leaders with the Bay Area chapter this month.

Join us for our first ever virtual mini conference where we've programed 4 sessions ranging from fundraising and creating meaningful entrepreneurial communities, to building powerful personal + professional brands. We'll hear from people like Everette Taylor, the CMO at Artsy and Jewel Burks Solomon, the Head of Google for Startups.

In addition to top-notch content, there'll be opportunities to pop in to networking sessions, live chat with other entrepreneurs, learn about Google's Fund Black Founders initiative, and much more.

We hope you'll stay for all the sessions, but check out the agenda and decide what suits you.

See you then!

Check out what happened


  • Jewel Burks Solomon


    Head of Google for Startups, US

  • Everette Taylor



  • McKeever (Mac) Conwell

    RareBreed Ventures

    Founder and Managing Director

  • Jakita Thomas, Ph.D.

    Pharaoh's Conclave


  • Paige Hendrix Buckner

    Founder Gym

    Program Director

  • Amanda Sabreah



  • Michell C. Clark

    Creative Summer Company

    Chief Digital Officer


  • Derek Andersen

    Bevy / Startup Grind

    Co-founder & CEO

  • Phin Mpofu

    Startup Grind

    Director, Partner Success + Community



Tuesday, October 20, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM UTC


5:30 PMWelcome
5:35 PMFrom Founder to Funder, All Outside of Silicon Valley
6:05 PMBuilding Strong Entrepreneurial Communities and Networks
6:20 PMBuilding your Brand to Stand Out- with the CMO of Artsy
7:15 PMNetworking - Make a Connection
7:30 PMFund Black Founders: Investment Recipients


  • Jameela Jackson

    Startup Grind

    Hollywood Chapter Director

  • Craig Posey

    Startup Grind

    Hollywood Chapter Co-Director