The BOSS Network, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase and Advancing Black Pathways, will host a two-day virtual event on December 4th and 5th to educate, empower and promote black women founders.
Black founders receive less than 1% of venture capital annually, and black female founders make up less, according to the Harvard Business Review. As part of the Minority Merchant Event series, the BOSS Network offers black women a platform where they can discuss their experiences in starting successful businesses, create a blueprint for building a successful business, and exchange strategies that black women founders can use to To get access to capital.
"Now is the time to support these extraordinary women breaking down the barriers in technology and in their respective industries, even amid a global pandemic and social unrest that has sparked a national dialogue on systemic racism," one reads Press release for the event.
The event will be hosted by Cameka Smith, founder of The BOSS Network, and presented by JPMorgan Chase and its Advancing Black Pathways initiative. On Friday, December 4th, there will be a panel discussion on "The State of the Black Founder" with Beverly Johnson (modelprenuer), Racquel Oden (JP Morgan Chase), Eva Robinson (JP Morgan Chase) and Saundra Davis (Sage Financial) .
The event on the following day, December 5th, includes the business coaching session "Reclaim Your Future," which gives black women entrepreneurs insights into the current economic environment and preparing their businesses for long-term success with Chase Business Bankers Lavonda Davis and Lavonda Kanayo Oweazim. The event will also include a performance by the singer Tarrey Torae and the poet J. Ivy.
In addition, the modeling icon and author Johnson will be in a fireplace chat with Smith.
This event, which will be hosted through Zoom, is open to the first 100 black women entrepreneurs for free. Register here for Friday and here for Saturday.