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Sep. 25, 2017 11:36 am

21 experts are talking entrepreneurship at Black & Brown Founders

Mayor Jim Kenney is headlining the two-day conference happening Oct. 9–10 at Quorum.

At the event's first iteration earlier this year in San Francisco.

(Courtesy photo)

The premise is clear enough to those in the know: Black and brown entrepreneurs have a harder time both raising venture capital and bootstrapping it.

In a push to level the playing field, Tinsel founder Aniyia Williams launched an effort called Black & Brown Founders, which held its first conference in May of this year in San Francisco.

“People who are trying to build a businesses are being told a story of how to get venture capital money, but the reality is a different one for women and people of color,” said Williams, a Penn State grad. “The checks just aren’t being cut.”

Williams is on a push to bring together other founders facing the same context. On Oct. 9 and 10, the Black & Brown Founders conference is happening at Quorum, with Mayor Jim Kenney as headliner and a roster of 21 speakers.

Get tickets

Slots are open for those wanting to offer their expertise as mentors during the one-on-one sessions by emailing hello@bbfounders.co.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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