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Black Wall Street: Homecoming takes place October 12 - 14 in Durham, NC. Created to celebrate the rich history and entreprenueral spirit woven into the Durham, NC tapestry, Black Wall Street: Homecoming proves to be a unique story that brings together founders, investors and the community - an event that grabs national attention.

Black Wall Street: Homecoming takes place October 12 - 14 in Durham, NC. Created to celebrate the rich history and entreprenueral spirit woven into the Durham, NC tapestry, Black Wall Street: Homecoming proves to be a unique story that brings together founders, investors and the community - an event that grabs national attention.

The Black Wall Street: Homecoming Story

Black Wall Street: Homecoming 2016

Black Wall Street (BWS), a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of minority entrepreneurs who successfully grow scalable businesses, announces the return of its signature event, Black Wall Street: Homecoming , October 12-14 in Downtown Durham. http://goo.gl/nxzs96

Posted by Black Wall Street on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It started in October 2015

Last year’s three-day, city-wide event brought forward over $100MM in VC networks, seven early stage pitches, panel discussions, 400+ direct program engagements and long-lasting professional connections. In response to the success of the Black Wall Street: Homecoming event, the model to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship within diverse, multicultural communities was expanded to two new markets: Austin, TX and Washington, DC. This expanded footprint serves to further engage national industry influencers, BWS thought leaders and respected startup advisers, ultimately leading to meaningful exits and the exploration of deals outside the normal pipeline and referral sources.

BWS is a Non-Profit Organization.

#Back Alley, the Black Wall Street cultural exhibition and afterparty.
#Back Alley, the Black Wall Street cultural exhibition and afterparty.
Special guests at Black Wall Street: Homecoming 2015.
Special guests at Black Wall Street: Homecoming 2015.
Our first activation for Black Wall Street: DC.
Our first activation for Black Wall Street: DC.

The giants that built Durham's Black Wall Street inspired us to not only tell the story, but to continue the narrative.

- Tobias Rose, Co-Founder + Disruptor

2016 Black Wall Street: Homecoming Speakers and Presenters

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Christopher Tuning
CEO, Life on Autopilot

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Dawn Dickson
CEO, Flat Out of Heels

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Diishan Imira
CEO, Mayvenn

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Marlon Nichols
General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

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Rodney Williams
CEO/Co-Founder, LISNR

Christine White
Attorney

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Dubelyoo
Artist,  Co-Founder/Curator for Arts, Beats and Lyrics

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Phil Freelon
Managing Director, Perkins+Will

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Jewel Burks
CEO, Partpic

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Fred Hutson
CEO, Pigeonly

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Brian Brackeen
CEO, Kairos

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Tiffany Norwood
CEO, Tribetan, eMortal

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Stefanie Thomas
Senior Associate, Investments, Impact America Fund

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Chaucer Barnes
SVP | Executive Director, Context Strategy at Translation LLC

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Pete Rock
Record Producer, Musician

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Kermit Bailey
Professor, NCSU

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Riana Lynn
CEO, Foodtrace

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Aaron Gard
Attorney, Forrest Firm

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Farad Ali
CEO, NCIMED

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Phil Harris
UX Designer, Epic Games

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Supastition
Musician

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Aisha Lewis
Coordinator, Residency Program, Code 2040

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Skyzoo
Musician

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Tashni-Ann Dubroy
President, Shaw University

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Rapper Big Pooh
Musician

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Zack Mansfield
Managing Director, Square 1 Bank

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Adam Klein
Chief Strategist, American Underground

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Ryan Smith
Director of Investments, Magic Johnson Enterprises

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Christina Francis
SVP of Marketing, Magic Johnson Enterprises

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Phiderika Foust
CEO, PowerMoves USA & Managing Director, Silverpea Ventures

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Arlan Hamilton
Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

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Jason Crain
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Partpic

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Jason Towns
Founder & Managing Partner, Groundwork VC

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Mignon Monroe
Workforce Strategy, Google

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Nish Evans
Portfolio Analyst, Square 1 Bank

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Deborah Stroman, Ph.D. CLU
Professor & Center Director, UNC

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Susan Scott
Senior Director Strategic Alliances, UNC-TV

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Rohan Gilkes
Founder, Innclusive & Grooveliving.com

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Pierce Freelon
Social Entrepreneur

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Jan Baker
Manager, Impact Hub & CEO, Innovashion

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Donald Thompson
CEO, Creative Allies

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September Hargrove
Senior Advisor,
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US Dept of Commerce

That's what makes it for me, seeing young high school students and college students engage with the venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

- Jason Towns, Startup Investor/ Advisor and Tech Inclusion Strategist

Event Schedule

October 11, 2016
  • Black Wall Street: Tech Futures Virtual Reality

    October 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Speakers: Google Fiber, Courtside Experience, Blackspace, Google VR, LEVR Studios + Life on Autopilot

October 12, 2016
  • American Underground Helpfest

    October 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Speaker: Brian Brackeen (Kairos)

  • A History of Black Wall Street

    October 12, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Speaker: Farad Ali (NCIMED)

  • BWS Founders Panel

    October 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Panelists: Dee McDougal, Jesica Averhart, Talib Graves-Manns, Tobias Rose

  • A Founder's Story: Heads Down

    October 12, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Speaker: Diishan Imira (Mayvenn) + Jan Baker

  • The Hustle Dissected

    October 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Speaker: Rodney Williams (LISNR)

  • Pitch Please! A Competition + Drinks Please! A Reception

    October 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bull McCabe's Irish Pub, 427 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Judges: VCs, CEOs/Founders + Industry Supporters

October 13, 2016
  • Session 1: So You Wanna Be An Entrepreneur? Solve a problem close to you.

    October 13, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speakers: Dawn Dickson (Flat Out of Heels), Christopher Tuning (Life on Autopilot) + Jason Crain (Partpic), Rohan Gilkes (Grooveliving.com) + Fred Hutson (Pigeonly)

  • Session 2: How to get it right: HR/Legal/Accounting Considerations – things to think of when building your business.

    October 13, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speakers: Aaron Gard (Forrest), Christine White (Attorney), Faith Bynum, CPA (Faith Bynum CPA) + Mignon Monroe (Google)

  • Session 3: If you build it, will they come? How experience design and design thinking bring value to your business.

    October 13, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speakers: Phil Harris (Epic Games), Brittney Davis (Atlanta Falcons), Dwayne Dubelyoo Wright, Kermit Bailey (NCSU) + Tobias Rose (Kompleks Creative)

  • Session 4: The Cognitive Clash: Designing Big, Bold Ideas That Stick

    October 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speaker: Chaucer Barnes (Translation)

  • Session 5: How to pay for it all: Fundraising and debt options for early-stage companies

    October 13, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speakers: Stefanie Thomas (Impact America Fund), Donald Thompson (Creative Allies), Zack Mansfield (Square 1 Bank), Phiderika Foust (PowerMoves, Silverpea Ventures) + Ryan Smith (Magic Johnson Enterprises)

  • Session 6: Building a More Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – The role of investors and community

    October 13, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speakers: Adam Klein (American Underground) + Marlon Nichols (Cross Culture VC)

  • Session 7: A Unique Opportunity: Becoming a Code2040 EIR

    October 13, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Bay 7
    Speaker: Aisha Lewis + Code2040 EIRs

  • Flexible Sessions/Office Hours

    October 13, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Boiler Room

    Entrepreneurs to come prepared with a brief overview of their company – a 5-10 slide deck (must intro team, market and your solution).

    Advisers: Arlan Hamilton (Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital), Chaucer Barnes (Translation), Dawn Dickson (Flat Out), Fred Hutson (Pigeonly), Mignon Monroe (Workforce Strategy, Google), KamranV (CTO & Managing Partner, MoogFest), Aaron Gard (Attorney, Forrest Firm), Zack Mansfield (Managing Director, Square 1 Bank), Accountant (Firm TBD)

  • BWS: Back Alley Block Party

    October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Alley 26 + Kompleks

    Kompleks Creative, Dubelyoo, DJ Forge, Saltbox (NCCU - TBD)

  • BWS: Underground After Party Concert

    October 13, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Kompleks Creative, Pete Rock, Rapper Big Pooh, Skyzoo, Supastition, DJ Flash

October 14, 2016
  • VIP Brunch with Phil Freelon

    October 14, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am
    Boiler Room, 320 Blackwell St #101, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    Presenter: Phil Freelon (Perkins+Will)

  • Office Hours

    October 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
    Beyú Caffe, 341 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

  • Getting to Yes: Navigating VC + Founder Relationships

    October 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
    The Boiler Room, 320 Blackwell Street

    Speakers: Jewel Burks (Partpic), Stefanie Thomas (IAF), Christine White

  • The Power of We

    October 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Full Frame Theater, Blackwell Street

    Speaker: Tiffany Norwood (Tribetan)

  • Busting Through Bias & Barriers: The Importance of Women Leaders in Business

    October 14, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Boiler Room/Full Frame Theater

    Speakers: Deborah Stroman (UNC), Tashni-Ann Dubroy (Shaw U) + Susan Scott (UNCTV)

  • GFE Pitch Competition

    October 14, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    American Underground (@Main), 201 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701, USA

    The Bullpen at American Underground

Ticket Packages

Packages are first-come, first-served. VIP tickets are limited and are expected to sell out before the event. Get your tickets today! We look forward to seeing you!

NOTE: YOU MUST BE 21+  TO ATTEND THE #BACKALLEY BLOCK PARTY OR #UNDERGROUND CONCERT AT MOTORCO.

IT'S FINALLY HERE!

WE'RE KICKING OFF BWS:HOMECOMING AT AMERICAN UNDERGROUND @ MAIN TODAY
12:00 PM | 201 W Main Street, Durham, NC
(Check in and pick up registration info at American Underground)

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Day & Night

$125

  • Access to Daytime Panels
  • Entry to Back Alley
  • Admission to Underground Concert at Motorco

Daytime Only

$85

  • Access to Daytime Panels

Nighttime Only

$75

  • Access to Back Alley
  • Access to Underground Concert at Motorco
  • Add to Cart

VIP ACCESS

$175

  • Access to All Panels
  • VIP Brunch with Phil Freelon
  • Entry to Back Alley
  • VIP Suite at Kompleks Creative during Back Alley
  • Add to Cart

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