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Pharrell Williams' Black Ambition Awards $3.2M To 36 Entrepreneurs During Demo Day, But Says Mentorship Is The 'Ultimate Goal'

Yet again, Black Ambition has played a pivotal role in strengthening the pathway for Black entrepreneurs.

Nov 13, 2023

Black Ambition CEO Felecia Hatcher Encourages Black Techies To 'Still Stay The Course' In The Midst Of Tech Layoffs

Throughout 2022, news of tech layoffs hit the nation, especially over the past few weeks. In CNBC’s rundown of the announcements that have piled in, Meta had the most cuts of about 11,000 jobs — its biggest round of layoffs ever. As previously reported by AfroTech, Elon Musk also cut 3,700 employees after his Twitter takeover.

Nov 25, 2022

HBCU Alum Who Birthed Her Company In A Dorm Room Earns $25K From Pharrell’s Black Ambition

Pharrell’s Black Ambition has yet to cease supporting current and former HBCU students. In 2021, AfroTech reported on Spelman alumna Mya Havard and her co-founders being awarded $100,000 to help more people buy Black. Now, Black Ambition has backed another HBCU alumna, except this one is supporting student-parents.

Nov 2, 2022

Exclusive: Black Ambition Opportunity Fund CEO Felecia Hatcher Talks Closing The Wealth Gap To Kick Off Black Future Weekend

Black Future Weekend, a three-day conference promoting equity in tech , is here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Black Future Weekend (@blackfutureweekend)

Jun 24, 2022

Pharrell Williams' Black Ambition Names Felecia Hatcher As New CEO

Longtime local innovator Felecia Hatcher — a serial entrepreneur and champion for minority tech business-owners — is reportedly stepping down from her role at Miami’s Center for Black Innovation to lead Black Ambition — a nonprofit organization founded by Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, Bizwomen shares. Black Ambition — a new venture recently launched this past December — was created in hopes of funding projects and companies led by Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs. “Excited to finally be able to announce that I have accepted a role as CEO of Black Ambition a bold vision founded by Pharrell Williams to connect Black & Latinx and HBCU startup founders to unprecedented capital and access through prize competitions,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Excited to lead this! Excited to be in a position to directly fund founders. The best part….although a nationally-focused organization we will be based in Miami. Excited for the journey ahead.” Hatcher is well-known for being a...

May 24, 2021

Black Tech Miami Founders Receive $2.1M Investment to Support Center For Black Innovation

Entrepreneurs Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson founded the Black Tech Miami initiative in 2012 with a vision of fostering more opportunities for Black innovators in the city’s startup ecosystem. As a result of their commitment to the cause — developing youth coding initiative Code Fever Miami and Blacktech Week, and expanding Black Girls Code to Miami — their vision has been recently bolstered by a $2.1 million investment that will support the Center for Black Innovation, The Miami Times reports. “We have a long-term goal where we hope to raise more money to create a foundation we believe can last long term,” said Pearson. The funding is courtesy of the Knight Foundation, which contributed $1.5 million just this month, and other financial commitments, including $350,000 from social justice reform-focused organization, Surdna Foundation, and $250,000 from Comcast NBCUniversal. “As a cornerstone for opportunity, the Center provides the technical assistance necessary to build out...

Nov 24, 2020

Felecia Hatcher Of Code Fever On Blacktech Week, Entrepreneurship And Staying Hungry For Change

We talked to Felecia Hatcher, Executive Director of Code Fever, Blacktech Week and Space Called Tribe — a coworking and urban innovation lab, about entrepreneurship, ending innovation deserts and staying hungry for change. Code Fever has been introducing kids and adults to coding and resources in the tech space since 2012. The organization is bridging the gaps between technology and minority communities. Blacktech Week provides that inclusive environment in the form of a week-long national conference supporting entrepreneurs of color. And the newly-opened Space Called Tribe is one of two coworking spaces in Miami in historically black communities and/or run by black entrepreneurs according to South Florida Carribean News . Check out what Felecia had to say below, and keep an eye out for the Blacktech Week Roadshow, coming to a city near you . Photo: Courtesy of Felecia Hatcher AfroTech : When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? Did you always know it was in the cards for...

Jun 21, 2018