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Friday, March 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Increasing the Diversity of Tech Startup Founders

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Minority-owned businesses are being formed at a faster rate than non-minority-owned businesses nationwide, and their economic impact is growing rapidly. In the tech industry this trend is reflected in the growing number of African American, Hispanic and Asian founders of tech startups. However, minority-owned ventures are awarded just 1% of venture and angel funding that is used to develop startups into successful enterprises. Our nation will benefit from the economic impact of the increasing number of diverse tech entrepreneurs. We need to increase access to the resources that will enable these founders to accelerate the growth of their ventures into large enterprises. Key resources needed to address this gap include mentors, tech accelerators and investors. Now is the time to build national and international awareness of how to create a more inclusive tech entrepreneurship community and engage the resources needed to stimulate the innovation that more diverse tech founders bring.

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avatar for Kathy Burrell

Kathy Burrell

SVP, Small Business Banking Market Mgr, Bank of America
Kathy Burrell is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, N.A. where in her current role serves as the Small Business Banking Market Manager for the Austin and San Antonio markets. Kathy has more than 16 years of experience in building relationships and implementing processes... Read More →
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Darnell Kemp

President & Co-founder, DreamFunded.com
—Darnell Kemp developed key partnerships, market analysis, product positioning, and a launch strategy for DreamFunded. Kemp focuses on business development and is the design lead for development of the online platform, content, and backend systems. He received a B.S. in Computer Scien... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder and CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative... Read More →
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Keith White

Founder/CEO, Trak Pay
Trak Pay is a mobile payments service and app launching in 2Q of 2015. Trak Pay enables small merchants to accept mobile payments with iPhones and Android devices. Trak Pay relieves merchants from investing hundreds of dollars in POS terminals. Conversely, customers are not required... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom E Austin Convention Center

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