1
DAY OF EDUCATIONAL
SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS
300+
ENTREPRENEURS
& PROFESSIONALS
53%
FOUNDERS
& CEOS
10+
INFLUENTIAL
SPEAKERS

Get inspired.
Make connections.
Leave with actionable new ideas.

Brought to you by My African Corner, BUILDfest is a forward-thinking business event for entrepreneurs and professionals from the Black community. BUILD is not your typical conference. We combine inspiring keynotes and experiential education, in a highly creative setting, to provide attendees with an experience like no other. If you are currently building a company, aspiring to build one, or looking to level up and think innovatively in your career, this conference is for you!

Get inspired.
Make connections.
Leave with actionable new ides.

BUILDfest is a forward-thinking business event for entrepreneurs and professionals from the Black community. BUILDfest is not your typical tech conference. We combine inspiring keynotes and experiential education, in a highly creative setting, to provide attendees with an experience like no other. If you are currently building a company, aspiring to build one, or looking to level up your career, this conference is for you!

Learn

Learn how to build products that customers actually want to buy. We will cover topics ranging from technology and design to sales and marketing.

Connect

Whether you’re looking for funding, your next hire, your future co-founder or even a new job, BUILD offers several ways to help you connect with the right people.

Experience

Come immerse yourself in carefully curated experiences that combine technology, art and culture.

QUOTE FROM PREVIOUS ATTENDEE

“The insight I got this event felt like a huge well of support from people who have done it, who are doing it. It was very inspiring. It was a full house, speakers were engaging and the content was great!”

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Agenda.

Time TRACK A TRACK B
9:00 am

Welcome to BUILDFest

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro ( Founder, My African Corner) and Emcee - Tosan Martey (Demand Generation Manager, Integrate.ai Co-founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, MarketCatch Inc)
9:35 am

Building, Owning Your Elephant Story and Winning with Your Growth Mindset

Karlyn Percil, CEO & Founder, SisterTalk Leadership & Wellness Academy, Creator of The Success Planner
10:00 am

Building Delightful Products and Services That Customers Want to Buy (Design Thinking/ Ideation Workshop)

Gbemi Akande, Program Manager, Product Innovation TribalScale / Sefunmi Osinaike, Product Lead, Dot Health / Nouhaila Chelkhaoui, Programs Lead Accelerator & Women Founders, DMZ. Founder, Scale Without Borders
12:00 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm

#BUILDLunchSpecials: Building Resilience and Hustling with Intention

Chivon John, Global Wellness Specialist at Shopify, Founder of Hustling with Intention

#BUILDLunchSpecials: Build Your Personal Brand and Go from Overlooked to Overbooked

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro, Growth Consultant, Chiomaio.com, Founder, My African Corner
1:00 pm

#BUILDTALK: Your Quick and Dirty Go-to-Market Plan

Ellen Baluta, Marketing Consultant, Ellen Baluta Inc
1:10 pm
1:20 pm

#BUILDTALK: How to Build Your Customer Community from Scratch

Tomi Gbeleyi, Founder of MFMG Cosmetics & General Manager at Lighthouse Labs
1:30 pm

#BUILDTALK: How to Build Profitable Business Systems on a Budget

Krista Jennings, Business Strategist, Krista Jennings
1:50 pm

#BUILDTALK PANEL: Build Your Profitable Business System, Standout with Your Brand Story and Measure Your Impact

Moderator: Takara Small Technology Columnist, CBC. Founder and Executive Director VentureKids / Chantaie Allick, Brand Strategy Lead, Shopify / Tomi Gbeleyi, Founder, MFMG Cosmetics. General Manager, Lighthouse Labs / Krista Jennings, Business Strategist, Krista Jennings / Ellen Baluta, Marketing Consultant, Ellen Baluta Inc
3:00 pm

Break

4:15 pm

#BUILDTea #MoneyTalks: How to Negotiate Your Worth in Career

Yvonne Odonkor, HR Business Partner, The Weather Network

#BUILDTea #MoneyTalks: But Did You Really Make a Profit?

Nechelle Bartley,Financial Strategist, Money Basics
4:50 pm

Building Strategic Partnerships, Negotiating and Closing Bigger Deals Panel

Moderator - Adeela Carter, Business Strategist, Carter Strategy Group. Co-Founder, Pitch Better / Isaac Olowolafe President, Dream Maker Ventures / Nadine Spencer, CEO, BrandEq Group. President, Black Business Professionals Association / Ato Mensah Co-founder, Bitstrapped / Bili Balogun, Founder, Tribe Beauty Box
5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro, Founder, My African Corner / Tosan Martey, Demand Generation Manager at Integrate.ai and Co-founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, MarketCatch Inc.
5:50 pm

#BUILDYourBossNetwork (Networking Reception)

Featuring DJ in Residence: Revy B and Chef in Residence: Chef Abi

Speakers.

Adeela Carter

Business Strategist, Carter Strategy Group; Co-Founder, Pitch Better

Alex Ciancio

Market Vice President – Ontario, CIBC Business Banking

Allie Diep

Agency Partner, Facebook

Andrea Henry

Business and Tax Lawyer, Henry Business Law

Ato Mensah

Founder & CTO, Bitstrapped

Bili Balogun

Founder, Tribe Beauty Box

Chantaie Allick

Brand Strategy Lead, Shopify

Chivon John

Global Wellness Specialist, Shopify

Danielle Graham

Investment Principal, Dream Maker Ventures

Gbemi Akande

Product Manager, Tribal Scale

Isaac Olowolafe Jr.

President, Dream Maker Ventures

Karlyn Percil

CEO & Founder -SisterTalk Leadership & Wellness Academy

Krista Jennings

Business Strategist, Krista Jennings

Nadine Spencer

CEO, BrandEQ

Nechelle Bartley

Financial Strategist, Money Basic

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Programs Lead Accelerator & Women Founders, DMZ; Founder, Scale Without Borders

Sefunmi Osinaike

Product Lead, Dot Health

Takara Small

Technology Columnist, CBC; Founder and Executive Director VentureKids

Tomi Gbeleyi

Founder, MFMG Cosmetics; Product Manager, LightHouse Labs

Tosan Martey

Demand Generation Manager, Integrate.ai; Co-founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, MarketCatch Inc

Ugochi Owo

CEO, Findel

Yvonne Odonkor

HR Business Partner, Pelmorex Corp. (The Weather Network)

Build With Us.

My African Corner has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the world’s most renown brands. Our team works creatively hand in hand to produce engaging activations that will organically amplify your brand message and make our audience feel connected to your mission. We invite you to partner with us for 2019! Get in touch with our team at buildfest@myafricancorner.com.

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