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Monday, November 14

4:00pm PST

Black Dot's Startup Expo
Calling all mentors, investors, and people looking to connect with all star entrepreneurs in the Central District! Black Dot’s Startup Expo will feature entrepreneurs of all ages looking to be the next big thing out of Seattle.  Each startup will have their own exhibit to display their product/service and explain what they need to make their dreams a reality. Some entrepreneurs need funding, some need team members, while others just need access to mentors. Come looking to connect, mentor, or invest!

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Amari Garrett

Company BioYoung Geniuses is a program that develops entrepreneurial and technological talent for youth within underserved communities
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Sam Hightower

3D Buildtower is your local provider of 3D printed products & services. Sam Hightower founded 3D Buildtower on the principle that everyone should have access and understanding of such an amazing technology.
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Lub Lory Lamysere

Bio Lub Lorry Lamysere is a 22 years programer from Haiti representing the Code9Haiti team. Lub Lorry was the the winner of the Best in Diaspora award at Hack the CD's last Jam Session.
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Thomas Phillips

Personal Bio: Thomas Phillips is a software development engineer from Detroit. After some time working as a quality assurance engineer in the automotive industry, he moved to Seattle for more of a tech experience as a QAE with Amazon. Company Bio: The Aspire Tech Bus is a school bus converted into a mobile tech lab, where students will learn to code. The first bus will teach 8-10 students a web development curriculum. They will work as an Agile engineering team to accomplish their tasks, which will culminate in a website they designed, hosted on a... Read More →
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Andrew Powers

Company BioWe are a non profit mobile education program that brings emerging technology  like augmented reality, virtual reality and 3d printing education, to undercapitalized areas such as south seattle, tacoma, and federal way. Providing students with their first look and first... Read More →
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Stephane Prophete

Haitian Coffe Startup which means (in French);Café Odorant Purement Organique, and COPO’s slogan is, "Perfect Flavor in your cup!” Set in the hills of Kenscoff, COPO has a plantation at Furcy, along with affiliated plantations in seven departments of Haiti. COPO produces coffee... Read More →
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khabirah weddington

founder, Bsu Link
Company BioBSU Link is a website that will connect Black Student Union organizations. The online community will include resources that will assist others in starting BSU’s at their school, engage in deeper conversation, and understand the history and importance of this national... Read More →

Monday November 14, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Black Dot

5:00pm PST

Seattle Startup Week Opening Party sponsored by Chase Ink

This is your formal invitation to Seattle Startup Week's Opening Night Party Nov. 14 at 5PM.

Join us for a night of fun while seeing friends, meeting local entrepreneurs, and mingling with the organizers of Seattle Startup Week. Our second annual "Lord of the Ping" will be in full force with the reigning winner Sanjay Puri, 9Mile Labs Co-Founder and Partner. Followed by entertainment from a local startup, Breakdancing Ninjas. These dancers are hardcore professionals and should not be missed. Music provided by a live DJ mixing mad beats. We want to celebrate you for helping us make this the biggest Seattle Startup Week ever. Appetizers, Beer, & Wine provided by Chase Ink.

Date: Nov. 14th
Time: 5PM - 12AM
Location: Axis Pioneer Square
308 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104
Tourney starts at: 3:30PM Main Party starts at: 5PM
Breakdancing Performance: 7:30PM 

Dare to take on the Lord of the Ping? Want to be Sauron??
Potential Lords Register Here


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Managing Partner, DKParker, LLC
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Brandy Rhodes

Campus Director, Code Fellows | Executive Lead for Techstars Startup Week Seattle | Co-Founder of @LadiesOfStartup | Entrepreneur
A community-focused leader with over 15 years of experience working in accelerated growth environments. Highly skilled communicator with the ability to champion a brand’s mission, vision, and values to targeted audiences. Creative and innovative marketer with experience building... Read More →

Monday November 14, 2016 5:00pm - 11:30pm PST
Tuesday, November 15

6:00pm PST

Africatown Ambassadors
Come hear inspirational TED-like stories from Africatown Ambassadors who have recently been out building international pipelines and establishing impactful relationships with startups in Africa and the diaspora. 

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David D. Harris

Startup Advocate, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
David is the Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development where he supports tech startups through the StartupSeattle program. In his role, he also helps to lead the TechHire initiative for the Seattle region, which aims to connect women, people of color, and the formerly incarcerated with training and jobs in the tech industry, and was started by President Obama in 2015... Read More →

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Godwin Gabriel

CEO, Moovn
Moovn is a ride-hailing app that is currently operating in 7 U.S. cities and has plans to rapidly expand in both western and emerging markets. Founded by Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel, the mobile application also operates in 3 cities in Africa: Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and Gabriel’s home city, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania... Read More →
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David Pierre Louis

Founder, Kaytita
(Port-Au-Prince Startup Week, Co-Organizer)David Pierre-Louis is a leader in organization, social and economic development. As a magnate in business development, hospitality and entertainment, David is presently focusing his skills and leadership in cultivating community action and... Read More →
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Sara Zewde

Sara Zewde is a landscape designer and urbanist. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a BA in Sociology and Statistics from Boston University. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST
WeWork Holyoke (Basement Event Space)
Wednesday, November 16

6:30pm PST

Showtime at Washington Hall: Our pitch competition
Our startup pitch competitions are remixed with musical and performing art elements like poetry, song, dance, etc- think Shark Tank meets Showtime at the Apollo. Entrepreneurs from the CD and around the world will compete for a chance to win cash, meetings with investors, tech swag and more!

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Pamela Banks

President & CEO, Urban League Of Metropolitan Seattle
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Marcus Green

Co-founder, South Seattle Emerald
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Jasmine Lawrence

JUDGEJasmine Lawrence is a Master's student at University of Washington studying Human Centered Design & Engineering. When she's not racking up gamerscore on Xbox Live she is creating cross-platform social experiences for gamers around the world as a Program Manager on the Xbox Engineering... Read More →

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Damon Bomar

That Brown Girl Cooks!, Operations Manager
Company BioAt That Brown Girl Cooks! Our mission is to connect communities with healthy and sustainable food options.People need to eat, and we are dedicated to providing a wholesome and authentic experience when serving our food, for we hold our customer health at heart. We are looking... Read More →
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Mia Francois

Co-Founder, The Socialites
BioMia Francois is co-founder of The Socialites. She grew up in Atlanta with her mom and two sisters. Two years after graduating from Albany State University Mia decided to it was time to explore opportunities outside of Georgia. After a short detour to Charlotte, NC in 2014 she landed... Read More →
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Karl Hackett

Founder, Community First Development
Community First Development is the idea of promoting cooperative commercial ownership in the community that will allow small business owners to purchase their rental space. Karl’s team is hoping to partner with contractors to acquire buildings that are in need of updates so they... Read More →
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Alphonso Jordan

CEO, Yellowbird
Company BioAt Yellowbird, we are rethinking the way financial education works. We don’t teach from a classroom, we don’t show long videos or write 500-page books. Instead, Yellowbird is a free, mobile-only solution to learning how about personal finance. Presenter BioAlphonso... Read More →
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Adam Powers

Co-Founder, Green State University
Green State University: In 2012 Cannabis (aka Marijuana) has become a legal commodity to buy and sell in WA and Co state. Since then Cannabis has become a $5.4 billion industry, and it's only getting started. Green State University is an organization that educates business and people... Read More →
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Oscar Ross

Founder, Progressive Youth for Agriculture and Economic Empowerment
Company BioPYFAEE is a community based commercial rice farming organization in Monrovia, Liberia. Rice is a main staple in Liberian diet, and Liberia currently imports over 90% of its rice!Oscar Ross is currently the Operation Officer to the office of the Executive Director of the... Read More →
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Bria Sullivan

Founder, Sutra
Company Bio:Sutra is your one stop zodiac app for what you want to know about someone you're trying to pursue, or even better, someone you are already with! You can look at your love compatibility, how to attract the other person and keep them interested, and see be the perfect partner... Read More →


Wednesday November 16, 2016 6:30pm - 10:00pm PST
Washington Hall
Thursday, November 17

11:00am PST

Africatown AR Tour
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Celebrate Africatown's entrepreneurial spirit of past, present, and future with an Augmented Reality tour through the Central District- think Pokemon Go, but better!

Africatown Seattle tours spotlights people, places and events that have helped shape the African American community and broader Seattle community.  

The Central Area or Central District has been the center of African American life in Seattle since 1890 when William Grose built his a home on 12 acres of land he he purchased from Henry Yesler in 1890. . Housing covenants forced blacks to buy and live in the Central District.  They built a community alongside Italian, Jewish, Japanese and Filipino communities contributing much to the cultural and social development of Seattle.

It would later become home to the Jackson Street Jazz Legacy giving birth to Quincy Jones, Ray Charles Jimi Hendrix, the civil rights movement in Seattle and hip-hop.  The 1980’s and 90's saw a large migrations. East Africans from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia began to migrate and made the cd home and new layers of flavor and cultural richness.  

The community is now home to businesses and startups of African diaspora including, southern soul cuisine, Carribean, Chad, Ethiopia, Morrocan, Mali  and more. This combined with rich history of African American life including jazz, civil rights and hip-hop has helped make the Africatown-Central District a unique destination of many stories.

 Points of interest:

  • Midtown Center 
  • Liberty Bank 
  • William Grose Home  
  • The Facts Newspaper 
  • People’s Wall - Black Panthers in Seattle  
  • Firestation 6 - William Gross Center for Cultural Innovation  
  • African American Museum @ Colman School  
Among many others! 


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm PST
Black Dot
Friday, November 18

8:00am PST

A Woman’s Inner Diva is Being Present
True leadership is born from self awareness and a deep understanding of how we are programmed as humans.  This session is all about conscious leadership and relationship building.  Every single day, leaders are faced with a myriad of decisions, most of which are driven by psychological factors.  Should we spend more or not?  Should we hire or fire this person?  To ask for that promotion or raise, or not?  Should we work late and miss a child’s school play?  This session will use principles and tools taught by both a student and teacher of Pathwise Leadership.  

Come with your open brains, hearts and a willingness to feel your toes.   

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Karise Swainson

Advanced Program Advisor, Pathwise Leadership
Karise is the Advanced Program Advisor for Pathwise Leadership. Pathwise takes leaders beyond traditional leadership development programs, teaching members to practice conscious leadership. By cultivating a deeper understanding of themselves, their peers and colleagues, Pathwise gives... Read More →
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Arry Yu

CEO, Founder, GiftStarter.com
Arry Yu is an entrepreneur, tech CEO, public speaker, and professional guest blogger. She is the CEO and founder of GiftStarter.com, the award winning web gifting service that helps people share the cost of any gift sold online. She's also the Entrepreneur in Residence with PSP, Inc. She got her start and currently advises world class brands including Microsoft, Google, and L’Oreal at the intersection... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2016 8:00am - 10:00am PST
Code Fellows

5:00pm PST

Black Dot's ONtrepreneur Social
A happy hour celebrating innovation, excellence, and all of us being ON.

Friday November 18, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm PST
Still Liquor