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Elise Swopes Once Earned Six Figures Within 10 Months From Her NFTs — Now, She's Mentoring Artists To Find Similar Success

Creating a successful stream of income for yourself is great, but it’s even better when your win helps others. As previously reported by AfroTech, Elise Swopes made headlines when she turned her love of making non-fungible tokens (NFTs) into making over $200,000 back in 2021. Additionally, the rise in her online presence led to her being featured in projects such as collaborating with Black Women On Boards (BWOB) for its NFT release to commemorate its accelerator program’s launch.

Aug 30, 2022

These Are Some Of The Top Innovators Making Waves In Web3 That You Should Look Out For At AfroTech Conference 2022

For a jam-packed week of building knowledge in tech, the AfroTech Conference has consistently been marked as the ultimate place to be. And this year, it’s no different. As previously reported by AfroTech, the annual event will feature exclusive programming, panels, and Q&As to bring the Black tech, Web3, and the business community together for connection, celebration, and entertainment. With the countdown ticking to the 2022 AfroTech Conference, the experience is set to feature some of the top Black leaders and innovators in Web3. While the inside scoop on what’s in store for the conference continues to unfold, here are the Web3 speakers we can share in the meantime, who you should look forward to seeing in Austin, TX. Consider attending #AFROTECHConference in Austin this fall, as an opportunity for your business : from branding, recruitment, industry knowledge, partner collaboration and inspiration. Grab your ticket today. #AFROTECH #BuyBlack #Austin —...

Aug 10, 2022

Antwaun Sargent, Instagram And The Brooklyn Museum Are Investing $650K Into #BlackVisionaries

Instagram is back with its ongoing initiative to invest in emerging Black artists and designers. As previously reported by AfroTech, in 2021, the social media giant partnered with the Brooklyn Museum in a joint effort to launch the #BlackDesignVisionaries. This year, the grant program is back and bigger than ever.

Jul 6, 2022

Black Women On Boards Announces Accelerator Program To Place Black Female Executives In More Board Roles

Black Women on Boards (BWOB) is a new global organization that took notice of the significant gap of Black female executives that are missing from board positions and has taken action since then. Founded in 2020, the organization’s efforts have created more visibility for the underrepresented group — 16 Black women on private, public, and advisory board s to date . Now, to bring more Black women aboard and empower them in becoming today’s successful leaders, BWOB has announced a new cohort-based board accelerator program for its members with the support of founding partnerships with DCVC, Diligent, Felicis Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Sapphire Ventures, according to a press release. The mission behind the program is to place 100 percent of the cohort in board roles by the end of 2022. “The most recent reports show that Black women account for just 4 percent of S&P 500 board seats,” said Robin Washington , co-founder of BWOB, and a board member of Google’s parent Alphabet, of...

Feb 7, 2022

Meet Elise Swopes, The Artist Who's Made Over $200K Selling NFTs In Just About 10 Months

Elise Swopes does both Brooklyn and Chicago proud. As an artist, she enjoys landscape work — usually featuring big city skylines like New York City or Atlanta. Then, according to her website, she “uses water and light as a paintbrush; snow turns into speckles, street lamps become glowing orbs, and water droplets take on abstract forms as she edits on the go using an array of mobile apps.” Today, the 32-year-old New York-based mixed-medium artist has turned her love of (non-fungible tokens) NFTs into a side hustle of epic proportions — and it’s made her more than $200,000 richer. Elise Swopes told CNBC that after her first NFT sold for more than $17,000 in March 2021, she knew her life was going to change. “And it has ever since then. It’s definitely brought me a lot of opportunities,” she said. The good thing about Swopes’ NFT sales is that she doesn’t just make money from the actual NFT sale itself. Rather, each time one of her NFTs gets resold, she makes a royalty between 10 and...