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Black Tech Week 2018 Where Techies Educators and Others In Miami Reconnect

Black Tech Week was a blur for me

This year Black Tech Week was a blur for me, again. lol The reason being is, my startup has moved away from: a napkin, different startup programs and now to an actual working MVP with real clients. Thus, preventing me from attending conferences as I did while still figuring out the tech landscape. I had the pleasure of being part of Black Tech Weeks 2018 VC in residence program for a week, 2nd time for me! Blessed! Balancing my small business called Magnitax.com and my start up, Shngli App this program really jump started some growth ideas for me.

Peace and happiness while in FinTech

The conference brought me peace and happiness because based on a few moves, I was unsure where I stood in the Financial Tech landscape. Yes, from the image above you can see that I am once again a solo founder at the moment and it is not fun, especially when it comes around conference time. However I was able to meet a lot of new entrepreneurs and other successful entrepreneurs who reminded me that the journey is not over. If you’re looking to join my startup team, give me a ring at shngli.com.

Miami and south Florida’s Poppin Tech Scene

Miami and south Florida’s poppin tech scene encourages many entrepreneurial activities (hyperlink to breakdown of activities) at the moment. One thing I can say that Black Tech week does right is the feeling of having a family reunion with a bunch of strangers in a city where most people think about the beaches and parties. If you are looking at adventuring in Miami, check out this guide.

The contacts I made during that week included entrepreneurs from:

  • Atlanta
  • Texas
  • New York City
  • More

Who knows what will come out of these relationships but what I do know is, to be successful as a black entrepreneur unless I work with more entrepreneurs who understand my strengths and weaknesses.

Three takeaways from Black Tech Week 2018

  1. Research who will be in attendance at the conference such as:
    • Other startups that may fit your business model
    • Potential customers
  2. Don’t attend workshops that are your strengths.
    • Learn about something new that could enhance your startup
  3. Don’t just pass out business cards!
    • Have a coffee/smoothie/etc
    • Learn more than surface level information, this could truly expand your startup!

Until next time, build your best startup and remember it really does take a Tribe to grow your brand!

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What is the Black Professionals Summit?

The black professional’s summit is a one-day event that aims to bridge the gap between different generations of leaders in south Florida hosted by the Black Professionals Network. The event now in its 3rd year has created a  space for conversations, insight, and knowledge sharing to be had in a supportive environment. This being my second year attending, I enjoy seeing different professionals on differing paths exchanging their current projects and objectives.

The Black Professionals Network was founded by Kenasha Paul, a Miami attorney and leader in the Miami community.

Millennials, are they making career moves?
Short answer from, yes of course we are making moves to further our careers. However, I constantly here from some of my peers that:

  • Events are expensive to attend
  • Events typically do not match their needs
  • Event times could be more flexible
  • More technology should incorporate
  • A quick stat about Millennials. 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year, more than 3x the number of non-millennials. (Gallup)

Below, continue reading to see more on the Black Professionals Summit.

Who attends the summit?

Miami isn’t just a place for party and bull. The summit welcomes many types of attendees to learn and participate in a day of learning. Local high-school, college and post-graduate students are always in attendance to gain knowledge for their careers. In addition to that, business owners, corporate executives and entrepreneurs can all gain valuable knowledge from the speakers and workshops held throughout the day.

Notables in attendance included

This is a short list, to see more click here.

Jill Tracey
Talk Show Host and Radio Personality for Hot 105FM
Ashlee K. Thomas
Co-Founder of Miami Urban Contemporary Experience and South Florida Webfest
Felecia Hatcher
Co-Founder and CEO of Code Fever and Black Tech Week
Starex Smith
Founder and CEO of The Hungry Black Man

Benefits of Joining the  Black Professionals Network

The Black Professional Network does a great job of putting together events that support the advancement of the community-at-large. To keep up with them, please visit their site.

One of the attendees, Vanessa Fleury had this to say when asked: What did you gain from the Black Professionals Summit?

“I gained some great insights with professionals with the same goals as me.” See More From The Event