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On July 18-22, 2022, Lightship Foundation is bringing Black Tech Week to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a weeklong minority tech ecosystem-building festival. Lightship Foundation announced that they acquired Black Tech Week in March, 2022, led by Candice Matthews Brackeen, to bring the one-of-a-kind festival to Cincinnati.


“Black Tech Week, the minority tech ecosystem-building festival formerly based in Miami, FL, will be relocated to Cincinnati where Lightship Foundation plans to leverage local corporate partners and community networks including the Cincinnati Innovation District (CID) to bring remarkable business leaders and creatives from all over the world to Ohio.” reported Lightship Foundation in a press release.


“Black Tech Week is a culturally historic event that innovators of color have converged upon for the last seven years to expand their minds, their networks, and their access to capital.” Says Candice Matthews Brackeen, Lightship Foundation Founder and CEO. “I am thrilled to bring this conference to Ohio and provide thousands of Black techies throughout the Midwest the chance to attend.”


Endeavor Midwest is thrilled to support Black Tech Week by sponsoring an Entrepreneur Happy Hour and organizing Investor Office Hours to connect minority entrepreneurs with regional and national venture capital investors.


Endeavor Network Speakers at Black Tech Week

Beyond sponsoring a Happy Hour, many members of the Endeavor network are involved with the inaugural Black Tech Week in Cincinnati, including the following speakers:


  • Brian Brackeen, Lightship Capital (Endeavor Entrepreneur and Board Member)
  • Candice Matthews-Brackeen, Lightship Foundation (Endeavor Mentor)
  • Dawn Dickson, PopCom (Endeavor Regional Entrepreneur)
  • Kwane Watson, Kare Mobile (Endeavor Scale Up Participant)
  • Mark Wilson, Chime Solutions (Endeavor Entrepreneur)
  • Alexis Alston, Lightship Capital (Endeavor Mentor)
  • Jeremiah Chapman, FreshFry (Endeavor Scale Up Participant)
  • George Azih, LeaseQuery (Endeavor Entrepreneur) 


To learn more about Black Tech Week in Cincinnati this July, go to You can secure a 25% off ticket using the code ENDEAVOR20.