Giselle Melo – Roadmap to Billions Canada

Giselle Melo

ROADMAP TO BILLIONS CANADA

October 5th – 6th 2023

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“If you are a Black woman founder or aspiring founder, this conference is a must-go.”
What Makes This Conference Different?
Live interactions with titans of industry
What Makes This Conference Different?
Dynamic roadmap to your goals and growth
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About Roadmap to Billions

Roadmap to Billions Canada Edition Live Conference has been postponed.

Roadmap to Billions London this November Black Women Talk Tech’s UK-based community will present Roadmap to Billions, the award winning, immersive tech conference for black women entrepreneurs will be taking the magic across the pond to London, England! For the last 6 years, Roadmap to Billions has provided education, inspiration and opportunity for over 7,500 attendees, facilitated vital conversations between founders and investors, and created funding pipelines for 12 women pitch winners to receive nearly $30M in VC funding. Our London edition will feature 2 days of valuable conversations, educational workshops, and unique local community moments designed to change the landscape of impact for UK women entrepreneurs.

Venue – Level 39, Canary Wharf

With 80,000 square feet of space, Level 39 is the first stop at Roadmap to Billions London. Located on the 39th, 26th, and 24th floors of One Canada Square, you’ll be blown away by the excellent views, buzzing pavilion, and endless options to connect within Canary Wharf. Be prepared and come ready with lots of paper, a backup pen to your backup, and charged devices. We’re ensuring the information you leave with will prepare you to launch.

Hotel – TRIBE London, Canary Wharf

15 Water Street, London, England, E14 9QG

TRIBE Canary Wharf brings a bold new energy to London’s business district. With contemporary designed spaces and an eclectic atmosphere retaining a feel of warmth, comfort and belonging. A short 3-minute drive or 9-minute walk to Level 39, TRIBE’s location and accommodations are well-suited for building your billion-dollar business network.

Black Girl Magic Night Market in partnership Black Eats London

The Black Girl Magic Night Market is all about celebrating Black women! What a perfect way to end day one of RTB London –  tech, food, vendors, music & a product market with 30+ Black-owned businesses hosted by Black Eats London.

 

Music by Girls Can’t DJ in & outside The Hackney Social, Thursday evening!

10 November, 6pm -10pm
Bohemia Place, EA 1DU, Hackney

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It’s our 1st year in Toronto and we’ve pulled out all the stops

Roadmap to Billions Toronto 2024 is designed for you, by women like you. Full of exciting, engaging, and enlightening experiences, you’ll leave the conference feeling powerful, motivated and ready to take the next steps on your journey.

2 Keynotes

Key Content Tracks

Investor Reception

$ 5K Pitch Competiton

Luncheon

Activations

BLACK GIRL MAGIC Night Market
& MUCH MORE!

Agenda

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8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Esosa I. Johnson

Day 1

DAY 1

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Esosa I. Johnson

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PROFESSIONALS

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Tech Enthusiasts

Allies

Students

Past Speakers

Tashua Case
Director, Business Intelligence at Bluum
Tashua Case

Founder, Entrepreneur

Kishawna Peck
Founder & CEO at Womxn in Data Science
Kishawna Peck

Founder, Entrepreneur

Amoye Henry
Co-Founder & Lead Investment Manager at Pitch Better
Amoye Henry

Founder, Entrepreneur

Stacey Ann Berry
Government Relations Consultant at Bstellar® Group Inc.
Stacey Ann Berry

Founder, Entrepreneur

Melissa Allen
Founding Partner at Capital M Ventures
Melissa Allen

Founder, Entrepreneur

Ashley Wright
Founder at Blacks On Blockchain
Ashley Wright

Founder, Entrepreneur

Giselle Melo
Managing Partner at Matr (matter) Ventures
Giselle Melo

Founder, Entrepreneur

Lauren Maillian
President, Digital Innovation at Hero Media Inc.
Lauren Maillian

Founder, Entrepreneur

Belinda Djamson
Belinda Djamson
Data & AI Value Strategy Executive, Accenture
Belinda Djamson
Belinda Djamson

Founder, Entrepreneur

Liza S. Jordan
Liza S. Jordan
Technology Consulting Director Accenture
Liza S. Jordan
Liza S. Jordan

Founder, Entrepreneur

Andrea Sulzenbacher
Andrea Sulzenbacher
Analytics Executive, Accenture
Andrea Sulzenbacher
Andrea Sulzenbacher

Founder, Entrepreneur

Ugo Ojike
Ugo Ojike
Senior Director, Contract Management, Accenture
Ugo Ojike
Ugo Ojike

Founder, Entrepreneur

Eghosa Omoigui
Eghosa Omoigui
Early-Growth US & Emerging Markets Technology VC Investor
Eghosa Omoigui
Eghosa Omoigui

Founder, Entrepreneur

Dayo Akinrinade Wisdom App
Dayo Akinrinade
Founder and CEO, Wisdom App
Dayo Akinrinade Wisdom App
Dayo Akinrinade

Founder, Entrepreneur

Charlene Hunter Coding Black Females
Charlene Hunter
CEO and Founder, Coding Black Females
Charlene Hunter Coding Black Females
Charlene Hunter

Founder, Entrepreneur

Julia Collins
Julia Collins
CEO and Founder, Planet FWD
Julia Collins
Julia Collins

Founder, Entrepreneur

Julia Collins is a serial entrepreneur who spent her career building food companies including Zume Pizza where she became the first Black woman to co-found a unicorn company. Today, Julia leads Planet FWD, the leading carbon management platform for consumer companies, where she is making it easier to bring climate-friendly products to market. Empowering the next generation of sustainable consumer companies through its proprietary software, Planet FWD’s platform reduces the cost and complexity of creating sustainable and carbon neutral products. The platform is inspired by Planet FWD’s own snack brand, Moonshot, which launched in 2020 as the first climate-friendly snack brand. In addition, Julia sits on the advisory council for Launch with GS and the Food for Climate League board, serves on the All Raise operating committee, and is an EIR for Cleo Capital. She is an active angel investor focused on funding female entrepreneurs and BIPOC founders.

Esosa I. Johnson
Co-Founder, Black Women Talk Tech
Esosa I. Johnson

Founder, Entrepreneur

Esosa Ighodaro is the co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech, the organization that aims to identify, support and encourage black women to build the next billion-dollar business. Black Women Talk Tech is the largest collective of black women tech founders therefore bringing a unique understanding of the challenges Black women face and the advantages they bring to the tech industry. As co-founder, Esosa co-leads business strategy and strategic partnership development and leads the organization’s marketing endeavors.

Esosa has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience including founding two influencer marketing businesses. Additionally, she has more than 12 years of marketing and operation experience as a serial entrepreneur, and as a former bank executive at Citigroup where she developed high-performing growth strategies and oversaw implementation for key lines of business.

Her achievements at her past companies led to several articles and past awards, including being named 100 Most Powerful Women by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2019 and one of the 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017, and Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch by Paste Magazine. This ultimately lands her features in ELLE, Forbes, NBC, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and many more. Esosa graduated with a bachelor of science in finance from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She and her husband now live in Puerto Rico, and enjoy fashion, travel, and food.

Precious Oyelade Google for Startups
Precious Oyelade
Program Lead, Google for Startups
Precious Oyelade Google for Startups
Precious Oyelade

Founder, Entrepreneur

Chenelle Ansah Cornerstone Partners
Chenelle Ansah
Partner, Cornerstone Partners
Chenelle Ansah Cornerstone Partners
Chenelle Ansah

Founder, Entrepreneur

Nicole D Smith
Nicole D. Smith
Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review
Nicole D Smith
Nicole D. Smith

Founder, Entrepreneur

Nicole D. Smith is the editorial audience director for Harvard Business Review, where she focuses on growing digital readership and creating online content. Prior to HBR, she worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ESSENCE magazine and CNN. Nicole is also an adjunct professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and a frequent guest speaker and moderator. She holds degrees from the University of Georgia and The George Washington University.

Paul C. Brunson
TV Presenter/Columnist/Entrepreneur and Founder of Brunson Partners LLC
Paul C. Brunson

Founder, Entrepreneur

Paul Carrick Brunson is a serial entrepreneur, television host, and columnist whose specialty lies in teaching others. An internationally recognized expert in interpersonal relationships, personal development, and entrepreneurship, he currently serves as a featured business columnist for USA Today, co-host of UK’s Celebs Go Dating television show, co-host of UK’s Married at First Sight, and host of the Better with Paul LIVE podcast.
Major media outlets throughout the world, such as Good Morning America and The New York Times in the U.S., The Guardian and Sunday Brunch in the UK, and The Jamaican Observer and TVJ in Jamaica have sought Paul’s insights on everything from finding love to pursuing entrepreneurial passion. Named as a Top Voice on LinkedIn and the world’s most influential matchmaker by the Matchmaking Institute, Oprah Winfrey said herself that, “Paul is much more than a matchmaker.”
The heart of his work is centered on impacting lives through mentorship and developing a new generation of servant-leaders with a desire to change the world. Paul is the founder and chair of “Give Love, Build Hope” – a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming schools in rural areas of the Caribbean. A proud second-generation son of Jamaica, Paul’s greatest achievements are in his roles of husband and father. When he’s not serving the world, he’s serving his family – likely with a Red Stripe beer in one hand and a good book in the other.

Arlan Hamilton
Founder of Backstage Capital & Runner
Arlan Hamilton

Founder, Entrepreneur

Arlan Hamilton, founder at Backstage Capital and Runner, is a serial entrepreneur, author and master multi-tasker.

She founded Backstage Capital in 2015 to invest in founders who are people of color, women and/or LGBTQ. Since its founding, Backstage has raised nearly $30 million and invested in 200 startups led by underestimated founders. Arlan is also the founder of Runner, a startup that connects outstanding operations talent with inclusive companies.

Arlan published her book, “It’s About Damn Time,” in 2020, detailing her journey from homelessness to venture capital. Arlan also hosts podcasts “Your First Million” and “Demystifying Faith,” and is the executive producer on “The Valley,” a daily soap opera that is like “General Hospital” but for the tech industry.

Arlan is a big proponent of paying it forward and supporting other underestimated people in the tech industry and beyond. She’s a limited partner in funds at Collab Capital, Ganas Ventures, Lightship Capital, RareBreed Ventures and several others. Meanwhile, Arlan and her mother, Mrs. Earline Butler-Sims, founded a scholarship program for Black students at Oxford University and HBCU Dillard University.

Louise Broni Mensah
Founder of Shoobs
Louise Broni Mensah

Founder, Entrepreneur

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Esosa Ighodaro, Co-founder

Regina Gwynn, Co-founder

We are a collective of passionate Black women tech founders.

We have a unique understanding of the challenges Black women founders face and the advantages we bring in the industry. We’re here to identify, support and encourage Black women to build the next billion dollar business.

 

We’re unapologetic in our support because we believe Black is worth the investment. It’s time we are heard and seen because we know different perspectives bring new opportunities. We’re building community and profitable, scalable businesses for self-identified Black women in tech, together.

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