MIT Symposium on Black Entrepreneurship

Making A Dream Happen Through Entrepreneurship

Friday, April 9 – Sunday, April 11, 2021

A virtual conference with the goal of CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR RESULTS, hosted by MIT, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship


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(all times are Eastern)

10:30 am  $50K Hackathon Submissions Deadline

Teams participating in the weekend’s $50K Black Entrepreneurship Hackathon must submit for their video overviews by this time on Sunday morning to be eligible for judging and prizes.

11:00 am  Breakout Groups

Join an hour-long discussion lead by a subject matter expert on any of the following topics, how each relates to Black entrepreneurship, all with the end goal of networking among participants and actionable steps that can be implemented following the Symposium.

Suggested topics include:

  • FinTech
  • EdTech
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer goods
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Media
  • Enterprise software (B2B)
  • Creative arts
  • Mobility and the Future of Cities
  • AgTech
  • Corporations as Allies
  • Funding
  • Venture Capital as a career path

12:00 pm  $50K Hackathon Final Presentations

A distinguished panel of judges will review the submitted team video presentations and announce the finalists.

Each finalist team will present their work live followed by a Q&A from another distinguished panel.

While the judges deliberate, an Audience Choice award will be handed out during a feedback session where participants can network with viewers with the goal of creating connections that can help shepherd each project forward.

1:30 pm  Next Steps Until Next Year

We will unveil the calendar of activities already planned surrounding the work begun during this inaugural MIT Symposium on Black Entrepreneurship, as well as ways the audience can stay engaged. These include opportunities such as:

  • Online groups and forums
  • Road shows
  • Webinars and speaker events
  • Resources website
  • Development of themed special interest groups
  • Ways to contribute to the themes and discussions for the 2022 Symposium

2:00 pm  $50K Hackathon Winners + Final Charge

We’ll wrap up the weekend by announcing the winner of our $50K Grand Prize as well as share some final thoughts and blessing as we go forward to continue the work that needs to be done.