We love meeting fellow entrepreneurs and members of the tech community wherever you are. Black Founders hosts networking and educational events in San Francisco as well as cities like Atlanta, New York, and Austin.

Come out and share a drink with us. You never know where you’ll meet your next co-founder or investor.

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HBCU Hackathons

HBCU Hackathons

In Silicon Valley, the hackathon is part of our culture, but many students at historically black colleges and universities have never had the chance to participate in one.

HBCUHacks is a weekend hackathon that gives students at HBCUs the opportunity to flex their coding skills while working together to build mobile apps and web software. During these hackathons, students can also connect with tech companies hiring for open positions.

HBCUHacks is open to all majors and we encourage all students to get involved. No previous programming experience is required to attend.

HBCUs produce approximately 20% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to black students in engineering[*]

We have led hackathons at the following schools:

  • Atlanta University Center Consortium (Clark-Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College)
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University

Want us to bring HBCUHacks to your school? Find out how to host a hackathon on your campus.

If you would like to sponsor the HBCU Hacks program and connect with a diverse group of computer science majors, designers, and other tech-savvy college students, please contact us.

Find out more about HBCUHacks

[*] National Science Foundation Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (2013)



Ideas Are Worthless is a conference to connect, educate, and inspire entrepreneurs toward execution. The conference brings together diverse perspectives on tech entrepreneurship from founders, investors, , while providing a platform for emerging companies, entrepreneurs, and investors to connect and take action.

Our panelists have included high-profile investors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and engineers — all sharing their insights into how to launch, build, and run a startup.

We’ve brought Ideas Are Worthless to San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, and Austin and we are looking forward to bringing it to more cities around the world.



Black entrepreneurs made up only 1% of VC-backed tech startup founders and during the period measured from January to June 2010. CB Insights

The success or failure of entrepreneurs is directly tied to their access to capital. Black entrepreneurs often have fewer resources to raise seed rounds and grow their early-stage startups.

Black Founders is using Gust to track startups who are currently raising money and actively looking for investors. Gust connects startups with the largest collection of investors across the world.

Our Gust pipeline will help angel groups and venture capital funds identify promising, high-growth startups and encourage more investment activity.

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