November 3 & 4

NYC 2017

The 8th Annual Culture Shifting Weekend theme was "Advancing Investment Money to Black VCs"; a growing ecosystem. The event gathered approximately 125 Black venture capitalists and investors, and was designed to educate investor prospects and enable deals. Our goal was to deepen relationships with current individual and institutional investors and connect VCs to new ones.

Friday, November 3

Venture Capitalist Luncheon & Fireside Chat

12:00pm - 4:00pm

The Friday event included a VC Luncheon, Fireside Chat & Institutional Investor Panel. The day consisted of 2-minute “lightning talks” presented by successful Venture Capitalists along with networking and private pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings. The fireside chat was led by Troy Carter, Founder of  Atom Factory and Managing Director of Cross Culture Ventures with special guest Mark D. Ein, Founder, Venturehouse Group and Capitol Investment Group.

Saturday, November 4

Venture Capitalist Deal-Making Breakfast & Fireside Chat

9:30am - 12:00pm

The Saturday event included a VC Deal-Making Breakfast, Corporate VC Panel and Fireside Chat. Welcome by Michael Carter, Co-Head & Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. The fireside chat was led by Kwame Anku, Founding Principal, Black Angel Tech Fund  with special guest Alonzo Mourning, Founder, Mourning Family Foundation and former NBA player.

FRIDAY FIRESIDE CHAT SPEAKERS
 

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Mark D. Ein
Mark D. Ein

Founder, Venturehouse Group/Capitol Investment Group

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Troy Carter
Troy Carter

Founder & Managing Partner, Atom Factory/Cross Culture Ventures

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Deepak Krishnamurthy
Deepak Krishnamurthy

Chief Strategy Officer, SAP

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FRIDAY INSTITUTIONAL INVESTOR SPEAKERS
 

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Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño

CEO, BRAVA Investments

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Shawn Escoffery, MCP
Shawn Escoffery, MCP

Director, Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation

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Kashif Sweet
Kashif Sweet

JP Morgan, Asset Management, Private Equity Group

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Patricia Zollar
Patricia Zollar

Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

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FRIDAY VC LIGHTNING TALKS SPEAKERS
 

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SATURDAY FIRESIDE CHAT SPEAKERS
 

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Kwame Anku
Kwame Anku

Founding Partner, Black Angel Tech Fund

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Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning

Founder, Mourning Family Foundation and former NBA player

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SATURDAY CORPORATE VC PANEL SPEAKERS
 

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 VIDEO RECAP

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SPONSORS

Founder & Executive Producer

ANDREA HOFFMAN // Founder & CEO,

Culture Shift Labs

Co-Chairs

DENMARK WEST // General Partner,
Connectivity Ventures

REGINALD VAN LEE // Retired Booz Allen Executive and Renowned Management Consultant