NORCAL SBDC PRESENTS
GLOBAL DIVERSITY & INVESTMENT SUMMIT
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 | 10 AM — NOON
Venture investors and BIPOC entrepreneurship experts share strategies for entrepreneurs of color on how to start and scale
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Save the date: Feb 25, 2022.
About this event:
The Inclusivity Project invites startups, small business owners, angel investors, government stakeholders, and industry representatives to join us for the third Global Diversity and Investment Summit — Feb 25th, 2022.
The summit features an acclaimed lineup of venture investors and BIPOC entrepreneurship experts sharing their views and insights on strategies for entrepreneurs of color on how to start, scale and sustain their new venture. Immediately following the program will be a live pitch presentation starring invited startup founders.
This is a free event virtual event made possible through the Northern California Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz).
10 AM Welcome
Introduction by Chris Horton, Director, The Inclusivity Project (Moderator)
10:05 Opening Remarks Tara Lynn Gray, Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate
10:20 AM Keynote
Crowdfunding and Alternative Funding Sources – Mark Hiraide, Crowdfunding Guru
10:45 AM Panel Session – Moderated by NorCal SBDC
- Mariah Lichtenstern, Founder & Managing Partner, DiverseCity Ventures
- Dr. Faz K. Bashi, Md, Co-Founder, President Board of Directors, Investor & Advisor, Anubis Bio/ DoggyStat
- Renee King, Serial Entrepreneur, and Founder, FundBlackFounders
- Alfredo Mathew III, Co-Founder and Partner, ESO Ventures Inc.
- Benjamin Wanzo, Partner, ESO Ventures Inc.
11:15 AM Pitch Presentation
** If you would like to be a part of the Pitch Competition please submit your Pitch Decks to firstname.lastname@example.org **
Pitch Competition Finalist to be announced one week prior to GDIS by end of day at 5:00PM
11:55 AM Closing Remarks
Apply to pitch
Pitch Competition Details
ABOUT THE GLOBAL DIVERSITY & INVESTMENT SUMMIT PITCH COMPETITION
AS OF: 5 PM ON MONDAY FEB 14, THE PITCH APPLICATION PORTAL IS CLOSED.
We are thrilled to provide an exclusive opportunity for early-stage Black and African-American entrepreneurs to pitch their business to our esteemed Global Diversity and Investment Summit panel of judges. Five finalists will be selected for the competition and invited to deliver a two-minute pitch on their company. To be considered please review the eligibility criteria below and submit your information through our online form link.
The Pitch Competition will take place immediately following the Summit panel presentation and is expected to run from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM.