A web documentary that will show the changing face of innovators. Viewers will be able to access real-time data about black innovators.
Black Innovators and Entrepreneurship
In March, I was viewing a Startup America Partnership webinar
and nearly spilled my coffee.
CEO Scott Case was asked about women entrepreneurs’ lack of
access to venture capital. Case said one challenge facing both women and minority
entrepreneurs is “they’re not visible to us.”
He added: “We need to celebrate entrepreneurship in this country and profile those amazing people to create the level of inspiration that will allow people to step up.”
The people who need to step up are venture capitalists,
angel investors and other funders.
Case’s candid comments weighed on my mind as I walked along
North Broad Street in Philadelphia. As I was nearing the Divine
Lorraine Hotel, the light
bulb went on.
And faster than you can say South by Southwest, the trailer for “The Innovators” began playing in my head.
I will use web-based
video tools to profile black founders and innovators. Through interactive
storytelling, viewers will be able to access real-time data about those
It is fitting the story of black innovators will be written and produced
by a citizen journalist who lives in the City of Brotherly Love.
With your financial support, I will be able to tell the underreported story of entrepreneurial black innovators. While the focus will be on entrepreneurs, the web-based documentary will highlight innovators in the pipeline.
Aspiring entrepreneurs like the West Philadelphia
High School Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering students who recently were awarded the top prize by the
Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards for their Electric Very Light Car (EVLC).
West Philly Hybrid X Team member Brandon Ford was invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address.
Also, innovators who are further along like Spelman College grads Jazmine Miller and Jonecia Keels who won the 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge.
And to “out-educate” the rest of the world, we need world-class educators to prepare future technologists.
So the webdoc will showcase educators like Dr. Lee Burge, Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. Dr. Burge was the faculty mentor for the students who participated in Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier technology contest for students. For the first time, the competition was held at an historically black university.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, MC Hammer observed: “Hollywood is in the perception business where you create layers to create mystery. In Silicon Valley it’s about taking away the layers to get to the substance.”
When the layers are taken away, venture capitalists and others will see the changing face of entrepreneurial innovators.
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