ATLANTA, GA – Recent studies have flooded the media highlighting that the buying power of African-Americans is near $1.3 trillion dollars and that black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, outpacing the national average by six times. Conversely, in the field of tech, only 1% of startups receive funding, black women are the least likely to be funded privately or publicly, and there are fewer resources in minority communities for access to influential networks, mentors, and opportunities. As a result, The Black Burdell, Inc. is on a mission to help alleviate the challenges that young, African-American entrepreneurs face.
The group has built upon its initial efforts of awarding scholarships to rising entrepreneurs by adding an annual conference. Since the first edition in November 2016, Burdell’s School of Entrepreneurship (BSOE) has served as a minority startup forum where the best and brightest minority entrepreneurs deliver practical tactics essential to the growth of self-led businesses.
Aiming to fulfill the need for more support and resources, BSOE incorporates interactive lessons learned from a variety of movers and shakers in order to create a one-stop-shop where students and professionals alike can gain the knowledge needed to excel in their individual pursuits. In the conference’s first edition, 75 attendees received valuable insight and lessons from 16 conference speakers. Overall, a total of seven schools and 23 businesses were represented.
Additionally, the organization aims to cater to all levels of entrepreneurs whether a high school scholar, collegiate student or a young professional on the rise. Regardless of a person’s level of expertise, BSOE pins itself as a high-intensity and engaging conference solely dedicated to helping young African-Americans change the face of entrepreneurship.
Hosted at the Buckhead location of Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, this year’s conference will take place on Saturday, October 28th. To appeal to the youthful audience, sessions will integrate hip-hop culture and perspectives into the workshops through the session title and overarching message. For example, the session concerning mentorship is aptly titled, “Loyalty”, while others incorporate modern sayings like “Secure the Bag” for the finance and funding workshop.
When thinking about his expectations and dreams for this year’s conference, cofounder Brandon Miller stated, “This year, BSOE is all about being intentional in building an entrepreneurial community. Young entrepreneurs get overwhelmed with the concepts of incubators and accelerators, so we’ve hand-picked speakers that are hyper-engaging, value mentorship, and are also some of the hardest working founders we know with the purpose of enforcing a communal feel. The team hopes BSOE is an intersection of a party with a purpose and a deep knowledge and networking hub.”
Some facets of the inaugural conference will return such as the Collegiate Biz Pitch where collegiate students participate in a business competition with the goal of winning a prized investment in their business or education. Also, Entrepreneurship Power Hour (known as EnPower Hour) features young entrepreneurs who portray impactful lessons learned in their journeys in a TED-talk inspired format. With over 15 sessions on the agenda and presenters joining in from cities nationwide, the second edition of BSOE is poised to take the nonprofit’s mission to new heights as it brings together like-minded people for the greater good of minority entrepreneurialism.
To learn more about conference pricing and other details, please visit http://www.bsoeconference.com.
ABOUT THE BLACK BURDELL, INC.
The Black Burdell, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, which aims to nurture the many seeds of Black owned businesses through promoting, supporting, and cultivating Black student entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses. It is a vehicle for young entrepreneurs to access knowledge, resources, and networks in an effort to efficiently build strong black businesses in our communities with the main engines being their Cultivating Entrepreneurs Scholarship and Burdell’s School of Entrepreneurship Conference. Since 2016, the group has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to three collegiate students with budding businesses: Michole Washington, Jon Johnson, and TJ Funso. Each student oversees his or her own entrepreneurial venture, as Washington is the founder of a non-traditional tutoring service called Afrithmetic, Johnson is the creator of a multifaceted educational and mentorship service known as iEducate, and Funso is the founder of a freelance photography agency, T. Funso Photos, and beauty delivery tech startup, Nexxchair.
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