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DiversiTech Presents: DreamIt Ventures Talks "Minority Tech Startups: Moving from today's realities to tomorrow's wins" & Call for Applications


Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Join DiversiTech (@iamdtech) and DreamIt Ventures (@DreamItVentures) on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 to learn more about DreamIt Access NYC. 
William Crowder (@WilliamCrowder), Managing Director with DreamIt Ventures and DreamIt Access’ program lead will talk in-depth about this tremendous and unique opportunity and answer audience questions personally. The evening includes Mr. Crowder speaking on Minority Tech Startups: Moving from today's realities to wins,  where he will discuss his thoughts on:

  • opportunities in the startup space,
  • the formulae for successful minority startups, and
  • how minorities can better equip and position themselves in the startup space.

DreamIt Access is DreamIt’s commitment to launching minority-led startups in each of its upcoming accelerator cycles in New York and beyond.  It is the sequel to DreamIt’s minority entrepreneur accelerator program, the first of its kind, that concluded in Philadelphia in 2011.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone interested in launching or working with a startup, current startups seeking traction/funding, university faculty and staff working with innovative thinkers in the tech space, and anyone else with a genuine interest in changing the face of tech entrepreneurship.

The evening includes exclusive DiversiTech announcements and an introduction to Corrie Davidson of @GoogleDC!


Program: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Networking & Registration
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Program 
                                    Opening Remarks: WilmerHale, DiversiTech and GoogleDC
                                     Speaker: William Crowder, DreamIt Ventures
7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Q&A
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Closing Networking & Adjourn

*Light beverages provided by WilmerHale.




William Crowder
Managing Director with DreamIt Ventures





William Crowder is a Managing Director with DreamIt Ventures. He is responsible for the oversight and operation of DreamIt Access, a groundbreaking vision to dramatically increase the number of minority-led startups in the tech sector.

William is the Founder and Managing Director of Growth Strategy Advisors, a strategic advisory and business development company launched in 2008. Since its inception, William has overseen the firm’s growth and nationwide expansion. As its Managing Director, he has been directly involved in the formation and implementation of new growth strategies, assessments of new business opportunities, and the launching of new ventures for a wide variety of digital and traditional media companies including Time Warner Cable, AOL, Radio One & Interactive One, and Thomson Reuters.

He has over 15 years of strategy and operations consulting experience; many of them with technology and digital media businesses and has been involved in the acquisition and integration of several technology companies including Third Screen Media (acquired by AOL), Community Connect (acquired by Interactive One), and Transaction Network Services (acquired by GTCR). Prior to founding GS Advisors, William led strategic efforts at AOL and was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). In a previous professional lifetime he was a software developer and core member of the Prodigy Internet development team. William received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.


ABOUT DreamIt Ventures:

DreamIt Ventures (@DreamItVentures) is a leading tech accelerator program in the U.S. and abroad.  The goal at DreamIt is simple: Help great people with great ideas build great companies. The DreamIt founders designed DreamIt to be the startup accelerator program they wish existed when they started and sold their first companies. DreamIt’s accelerator cycles take place in NYC and Philadelphia and new for 2012, Israel.  Each cycle is 3 months in duration and provides the participants with capital, coaching, common office space, a community of fellow entrepreneurs, and connections to investor contacts. In the last four years, DreamIt has launched over 60 companies and their entrepreneurs have raised over $25 million, appeared on ABC's Shark Tank and been selected as finalists at the TechCrunch50 (now TechCrunch Disrupt). LEARN MORE.


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1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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DiversiTech was created in response to an outcry for greater depth of inclusion for those of diverse communities within the larger tech community.

DiversiTech aims to provide platforms to bring this unique population to the forefront of the tech BOOM! and dialogue on innovation.


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