HBCU Innovation Summit Makes History

Next week, the best and brightest will gather at the first-ever HBCU Innovation Summit at Stanford University in California.

The summit, which begins October 29 and ends November 1, is a historic gathering of HBCU leadership, Silicon Valley influencers and White House staff. Discussion will include the role of HBCU schools in innovation and entrepreneurship.

So far, 15 historically Black colleges and universities have committed to the campaign. White House representatives on deck include President Barack Obama’s chief technology officer Todd Park; director of social innovation Jonathan Greenblatt; and deputy secretary of education James Shelton.

Other expected speakers include John Hennessey, president of Stanford University; serial entrepreneur and venture catalyst Clarence Wooten; and Mary Grove, of Google Ventures and Google for Entrepreneurs.

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