Techstars Startup Weekend NYC Diversity
Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 5:15 pm
43 w 23rd Street
Your idea in 54 hours
The Power of Diversity
At Startup Weekend NYC Diversity, we believe strongly in two main principles 1) There is power in bringing together people of diverse backgrounds, whether it be ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic upbringing, talents, interests, and/or thought process. 2) Women and Minorities are underrepresented, under-utilized, under-funded, and have less access to resources in the tech and startup world but have an abundance of skills, knowledge, and innovation to offer to the industry and to the world.
We want to help fix this. By focusing this startup weekend on bringing together women and minorities, as well as people of other diverse backgrounds, we hope to provide a view into the resources and possibilities in the startup world. Once we bring everyone together and they get to work, we have no doubt that the outcome will be a display of capable and qualified entrepreneurs of all types-- with ideas that can shape tomorrow.
And because we're on the tail end of Halloweekend, feel free to embrace your creative side by coming in costume on Saturday, Nov 2nd!
Successful Startups Born at Startup Weekend Include: Zapier, LootCrate, and LaunchRock
- 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
- Benefits and discounts from our global partners
- One-on-one time with amazing mentors
- A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
- All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Friday November 1st
Saturday November 2nd
Sunday November 3rd
Alana is Vice President of Commerce for Essence Ventures, a company focused on investing and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs of color. In this capacity, Alana’s role is multiple fold: 1) identify, evaluate, and guide startups on the path to investment, 2) create commerce opportunities for startups to grow, and 3) launch/grow all ecommerce channels within the Essence Ventures portfolio. Alana is also a stakeholder for the company’s investment fund, the New Voice Fund, a $100M fund focused on female entrepreneurs of color.
Prior to Essence Ventures, Alana was an Amazon intrapreneur where she launched various news-worthy business across the Amazon ecosystem: business strategy and execution for Amazon’s largest acquisition, Whole Foods Market; growing Amazon Fashion to become the largest apparel retailer in the US, and business development for Amazon’s Marketplace where she was responsible for investing and developing new brands through Amazon’s venture investing group “Born on Amazon”.
Prior to Amazon, Alana launched new streams of business for various ecommerce companies and was Co-Founder of a NYC based fashion start-up.
Alana is a founding board member of the Black Venture Capital Consortium, with the mission to create path to Venture Capital for people of color.
Alana is a graduate of Spelman College and received her MBA from The Wharton School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
As a Deal Lead on the Corporate Development team, Antonio assists Samsung NEXT in the evaluation and execution of strategic acquisition and investment opportunities of leading next-generation software & services companies (e.g. IoT, AI, Digital Health, AR/VR). Additionally, he co-founded and co-leads the Diverse Founders Initiative, which is focused on identifying, empowering and elevating startups built by diverse founders. Prior to NEXT, Antonio honed his finance and investment acumen on Wall Street, where he worked as a bulge bracket investment banker providing M&A advisory to private equity firms and F500 companies. His additional professional experiences include 1) entrepreneurship: co-founding and operating two profitable small business 2) management consulting. Personally, he is passionate about the professional development and mentorship of historically underrepresented groups and seek to help increase the representation of these groups in Tech and Venture Capital. He is an alum of the INROADS, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and TOIGO programs.
Coaches and Mentors
Prior to NOEMIS Ventures, Simeon has 10 years of professional experience in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. Most recently, he served as a Senior Associate in the Leveraged Finance group at Wells Fargo.
Simeon received his B.S. in Business Management & Finance from Brooklyn College and his MBA from Cornell University as a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend NYC Diversity team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
With a design career spanning over a decade, Jasmin Plouffe is a freelance graphic designer in New York City. Prior to freelancing, she worked her way up from art department intern to assistant art director to creative content and marketing manager at Capelli New York. She has art directed and designed everything from books and printed collateral to merchandise and packaging. Her work can be seen at Delish.com, Walmart, Target, small businesses and non profit organizations.
Ariel Rivera Vera
Director of People, Payfone
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