In 2022, Black excellence showed up and showed out in the tech industry.

To celebrate, AfroTech announced its inaugural AFROTECH™ Future 50 list, which celebrated Black inventors, creators, executives, and innovators who are currently breaking barriers and making history.

Introduced during Black History Month, the categories featured The Masterminds, The Changemakers, The Innovative Startups, The Wealth Generators, and The Digital Architects.

Our 50 honorees included the likes of Ryan Wilson, founder of The Gathering Spot; Olamide Olowe, co-creator of Topicals; and Tope Awotona, the founder and CEO of Calendly.

To check out last year’s full list, click here.

In addition to AFROTECH™ Future 50, we held the AfroTech Future Awards.

During AFROTECH Conference 2022, Black changemakers were honored for their outstanding achievements and performances along with individuals or groups who promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through their career endeavors.

From MaC Venture Capital being recognized as VC Firm of the Year to Gracie’s Corner snagging the AfroTech Changemaker Award, the multicultural awards dinner was a highlight of the honorees receiving their flowers.

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Now, for the second year, AfroTech has returned for its 2023 AFROTECH™ Future 50, announcing that nominations are now open.


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This year’s submission categories include:

Investors: Recognizes an individual or company in venture capital that goes against the status quo.

Future Makers: Recognizes people who are making a groundbreaking impact (Must be under the age of 30).

Founders: Recognizes founder/co-founders whose efforts have increased success and narrowed the achievement, educational, and/or economic gap among underrepresented communities.

Change Makers: Recognizes leaders who made an outstanding social impact on the advancement of diversity in their companies and respective communities.

Corporate Catalysts: Recognizes mid-career or vice-president-level trailblazers who are making the ecosystem more inclusive and accepting of underrepresented groups (Nominees must actively work to redefine and implement initiatives that promote diversity).

Nominations close on March 31, 2023.

To submit your nomination, click here.