This fall, Durham will play host to a national celebration of Black culture, community, music, innovation and economic opportunity. The week-long series (September 24-29) will be headlined by Grammy Award winners and nominees Maxwell, Anthony Hamilton, Nas and Erykah Badu, top local and national business thought leaders, and a pitch competition featuring some of our nation’s top up-and-coming Black-led startups. The celebration will take place in various downtown venues, including along Durham’s historic Parrish Street, known for being an early beacon for Black entrepreneurship and culture.
Billed as Trifesta by partner organizations, the series brings together three signature events (The Art of Cool Festival Experience, Black Wall Street: Homecoming, and the Google For Entrepreneurs Exchange for Black Founders) into one week-long celebration, with content that speaks to everyone – from students to retirees, aspiring entrepreneurs to established business owners, jazz enthusiasts to die-hard hip hop heads, and everyone in between.
The week includes the following events and activations:
The Google for Entrepreneurs Black Founders Exchange Program returns to Durham for its third year. Hosted by American Underground, The Exchange is a week-long immersion program for pre-selected teams, focused on addressing the documented funding gap for startups led by Black founders. Select parts of the program are free and open to the public, including a midday conversation with technology and entrepreneurship influencers on September 26, and the Black Founders Exchange Demo Day on September 28.
Black Wall Street: Homecoming, September 26-28, attracts entrepreneurs searching for inspiration, builders of the most exciting startups in need of expertise and funding, investors looking for their next deal and a community of media and supporters eager to share stories. The agenda features keynotes, workshops and panel discussions, plus plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas with peers and subject matter experts, and connect with investors through nonstop networking