Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021
9:00am – 3:00pm
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Building Momentum: Diversity and Entrepreneurship

Get inspired, gain actionable skills, and build community in a virtual conference to build momentum for more diversity in entrepreneurship.
Open to
Faculty
Staff
Students
Stanford Community
Alumni
Public

Location

Online

Being a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. It takes passion, hard work and grit, and plenty of support to start and scale a company. Building Momentum: Diversity and Entrepreneurship addresses the unique challenges and opportunities faced by founders from underrepresented communities, and ways that investors, nonprofits, and communities are working to encourage more diversity in entrepreneurship. This virtual conference is equal parts inspiration and education, practical knowledge and tactical skills, powerful networking and community building.

Sponsored by the Stanford GSB Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the conference invites aspiring and active founders from all communities historically underrepresented among entrepreneurs, such as those from the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ communities, and women founders. We also invite investors, ecosystem builders, allies, and everyone who wants to inspire and accelerate diversity in entrepreneurship to attend. It’s a unique opportunity to hear from founders scaling successful companies and others who can provide ideas, inspiration, and insights. Please come share, support, and connect with peers and founders.

The exciting agenda includes fireside chats, presentations, and panel discussions focused on gaining knowledge, learning skills, and sharing personal stories of both success and failure. The day also includes interactive breakout sessions on everything from finding market fit and building great teams to financing options and scaling success to ultimately create economic and employment opportunities for our communities and beyond.

Join us in building momentum.

Download the Building Momentum app after you register to view session descriptions, speaker bios, and see who else is attending.

Registration

Thank you for your interest in this event. Registration is now closed. 

If you have registered for this event, please look in your email box for instructions on how to access the conference platform. If you encounter any issues, please contact the Building Momentum host committee at ces@gsb.stanford.edu.

Who Should Attend

  • Aspiring and active founders
  • Allies who want to join us in Building Momentum
  • Investors and providers of capital to founders
  • Academics and others interested in diversity in entrepreneurship

Speakers

DeBaun
Keynote Speaker
Founder and CEO, Blavity, Inc.
Aguilar
Founder and CEO, Chipper
Assad
Cofounder and CEO, Clerkie
Allen
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Entertainment Studios
Bermudez
Founder and CEO, TAGit
Bethencourt
Cofounder and CEO, Wild Earth
Cervantes
Founder and CEO, La Monarca Bakery
Chavez
Cofounder and CEO, super{set} startup studio
Conwell
Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures
Corral
Cofounder and VP of Product, CareMessage
Dicko
Founder and CEO, Sugar
Dixon
Founder and CEO, Founder Gym
Goulimis
Cofounder and COO, Nova Credit
Harris
Cofounder and CEO, Career Karma, Inc
Hernandez
Founding Partner, Chingona Ventures
Hershenson
Founding Managing Partner, Pear VC
Hudson
Founder and Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures
LaRon
Cofounder and CEO, Squire
Levin
Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Little
Founder and CEO, Beautyocracy
Lomeli
Founder and CEO, Clase Azul
Lopez
Cofounder and COO, PayJoy
Lowery
The Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford GSB
Liu
Early-stage Investor, Pareta Ventures
Cofounder, Kabam
Mandelbaum
Managing Director, Emerson Collective
Lecturer in Management, Stanford GSB
Moore
Founder and CEO, Rocket Lawyer
Norwood
Founder and CEO, RUNWAY
Shakir
Partner, Lux Capital
Smith
Cofounder and CEO, Praxis Labs
Tedla
Founder and CEO, VRT Management Group
Thompson
Founder and Strategic Advisor, Agile Sourcing Partners
Tingle
Cofounder and Managing Partner, Harlem Capital
Wallace
Cofounder and CEO, ZeroStorefront
Whitman
Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford GSB

Advisory Board

Ajayi
Cofounder, Access Distributed
Garcia
Interim CEO, Latino Business Action Network (LBAN)
Julkowski (they/them)
Managing Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)
Little
MBA Candidate, Class of 2021 Founder and CEO, Beautyocracy
Lopez
Cofounder and COO, PayJoy
Martinez
MBA Candidate, Class of 2021 VC Fellow, PayPal Ventures
Scott
Head of U.S. Startup Developer Ecosystem, Google
Wallace
Cofounder and CEO, ZeroStorefront