Jul 8, 2022
Tennis icon Serena Williams is set to be the keynote speaker for the Black Tech Week, an upcoming conference designed to unite and enhance minority investors, entrepreneurs and tech innovators.
As managing partner of the early-stage venture capital firm Serena Ventures, Williams has previously made it a priority to support Black software engineers. Much of her inaugural VC fund of $111 million was earmarked to help “founders with diverse point of view,’’ and, in the tech space, she has invested specifically in Bitcoin, fintech, e-commerce and fitness on-line marketplaces.
To be held the week of July 18 in Cincinnati, Black Tech Week is scheduled to have over 50 minority, technology-centric speakers and more than 60 sessions. Others influencers slated to speak on the nuances of tech and startups include Kimberly Bryant (founder of Black Girls Code), Arlan Hamilton (founder of Hire Runner and Backstage Capital) and Janeen Uzzell (CEO of the National Black Society of Engineers).