Entrepreneurial Journeys: Black Women Activating Tech

In 2017, Nielsen reported that black women are not only leading influencers in the economy, media, and politics, but they are the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs. Colony 5, a business accelerator connecting social entrepreneurs, furthered the possibility of entrepreneurship when selecting 4 of the most recent members of the 2018 (C518) cohort.

Ehi Aimuiwu, founder of Geek Empowered and Civic Tech Collective founder, Monique Wingard, will close out Black History Month and transition into Women’s History Month with a panel at Chi Hack Night on February 28, 2018, called Entrepreneurial Journeys: Black Women Activating Tech.

The final Chi Hack Night of February 2018 will focus on the personal journey and ultimate leap of faith taken to join the ranks of other female founders in tech, as well as the connection points for growth in the ever-changing Chicago tech ecosystem and beyond.

The discussion will be moderated by Deena McKay, Founder, and host of BlackTechUnplugged, a monthly podcast that highlights Blacks who innovate and work in the tech industry. Panelists will also include Andrea Smith, Founder and CEO of Luminate Brands, and Britney Robbins, Founder of The Gray Matter Experience.

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Project Innovation

The NBC Universal Foundation is partnering with NBC and Telemundo owned stations to launch Project Innovation, a new grant program recognizing local non-profit organizations that are leveraging technology to solve everyday problems.

NBC Chicago will be awarding $225,000 to exceptional non-profit programs that are addressing local community issues in an innovative way.

Grant categories include: Igniting Civic Engagement, Skills for the Digital Economy, and STEM/STEAM Youth Programming.

Applications Deadline: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Apply Here: http://bit.ly/2GteiDJ

Civic Tech: Washington, D.C.

Over the last several years, a growing cluster of promising, industry-specific tech companies have established themselves throughout the D.C. area. Montgomery County in Maryland, for example, is understood to be a vibrant biotech hub — lifted by a proximity to the National Institute of Health, among other things. Read More (via DCInno)