How Technori Introduced An Unfamiliar Audience To A Thriving Tech Community

“Founded in 2010, Technori’s mission is to create momentum for startups by building a community around tech and innovation that enables early stage companies to get in front of thousands of members of the tech community to connect with, and share their story with future customers, employees and investors!

To date, 300+ companies have presented at over 75 events and gone on to raise more than $260,000,000 in venture capital. In fact, Technori startups now employ over 2,500 people and have gone onto some of the top accelerators in the world, including; Y Combinator, Tech Stars and AngelPad – and several more have already exited” (Technori.com)!

“On February 28, Technori hosted five African-American entrepreneurs in the Chase Bank Auditorium at 10 South Dearborn St. in Chicago. The founders pitched their business to a 300-person audience. The evening—which also featured a keynote address from Emile Cambry Jr., founder of tech innovation center Blue 1647, and an introduction to Shamari Walker, a high schooler from Hammond, Indiana, who developed his own software company—celebrated minority entrepreneurship on the last day of Black History Month (Medill Reports Chicago)”.

The event resulted in roughly half of the audience being African-American which served as a conversation starter for tech communities that may have never interacted before. The event helped exposed some in the tech community to minorities that have worked in technology all of their lives. There is no secret that the tech industry has a minority problem; or lack of diversity. Entrepreneurs like Shaniqua Davis (Noirefy) and Donna Beasley (KaZoom) talked about taking advantage of the chance to challenge stereotypes and serve as role models for aspiring entrepreneurs. It is true that the young African-American Community often lack interest and/or confidence in tech careers.

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