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Innovation & Black Entrepreneurship Series

Powered by venture capital practitioners, successful entrepreneurs, and Wharton faculty to endow professionals with the tools to strategically explore and launch their ventures

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Innovation & Black Entrepreneurship Series


The Innovation & Black Entrepreneurship Series seeks to spotlight, endow, and uplift Black professionals and burgeoning entrepreneurs with the strategic tools to explore and launch new ventures through featured keynotes, interactive workshops, dynamic panel conversations, and peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

Conference participants will learn from prominent business leaders (e.g., venture capital practitioners, successful entrepreneurs) and esteemed Wharton faculty about best practices on how to strategically explore and launch their own ventures.


The Series will have two keynote speakers and four core modules focused on design-thinking, product development, capital fundraising, and growing and scaling ventures.

  • Module 1 | Innovating by Design: Developing the Next Big Idea
  • Module 2 | Inclusion in Tech: Product Development, Team Building, & Investing
  • Module 3 | Securing the Bag: Bootstrapping, Angel Investors, & Venture Capital
  • Module 4 | Beating the Odds: Growing & Scaling your Venture

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman & Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Ryan Williams

Founder & CEO


Stacy Brown-Philpot

Former CEO | Advisor | Board Director

TaskRabbit | SoftBank Opportunity Fund | HP Inc, Nordstrom, Black Girls Code, & The Urban Institute

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