SEC and Morehouse College Hosting Event for Minority Entrepreneurs in Atlanta

The US Securities and Exchange Commission and Morehouse College are co-hosting a panel discussion for the general public on October 24th in Atlanta.

From 4 to 7 pm, panelists and attendees will address and hear about, “strategies to attract investment capital to minority businesses.”

The event will be held on campus at Morehouse College and, “will feature conversations with minority entrepreneurs and investors who will explore solutions for overcoming barriers and share business successes.”

According to the SEC release regarding the event:

“A diverse group of entrepreneurs, alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Morehouse students and faculty, and other business leaders have been invited to attend this first-of-its-kind event led by the Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office, and the SEC’s new Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation. The event is open to the public.”

Featured speakers and panelists include:

  • Sheena Allen, CEO and Founder, CapWay.
  • Hakeem Atwater ’14, Co-founder, unboXt, Inc.
  • Keitra Bates, Entrepreneur and Owner, Marddy’s Shared Kitchen.
  • Ryan Germany, General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of Securities and Charities, Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.
  • Paul Judge ’99, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor.
  • Amari Ruff, Founder, Sudu.
  • Lonnie Saboor, Director, Small Business Development, Invest Atlanta.
  • Arian Simone, Entrepreneur and Co-founder, Fearless Fund.
  • Theia Smith, Founder and former Executive Director, City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
  • Jewel Burks Solomon, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Co-founder, Collab Capital.
  • Eric Troy ’84, Partner, Global Strategies, LOUD Capital.

SEC Chair Jay Clayton said the event is being supported by a new division at the SEC:

“The SEC’s continued commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and investors from all backgrounds has been bolstered by our new Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation…I’m proud to have the agency serve as a resource for owners of small businesses, including minority and women-owned businesses, as they navigate our markets.”

Martha L. Miller, Director of the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, said she is “thrilled” that the event is taking place:

“Our office is keenly focused on supporting minority-owned businesses and shining a light on their success stories, as well as highlighting ways that we can improve the rules to support more diverse founders and funders.”

The President of Morehouse College, David A. Thomas, lauded the event’s educational impact:

“At Morehouse College, we develop men who are focused on service and leadership. Many of our students have entrepreneurial interest…We are honored that the Securities and Exchange Commission, leading entrepreneurs, and national investors are partnering with us in this important conversation about funding minority businesses. The dialogue will help the men of Morehouse to identify ways to help finance their business ideas and achieve their dreams.”

Morehouse College is billed as, “the nation’s largest liberal arts institution for men.” Active since 1867, the College says it enrolls about 2,200 students per yer.

Interested parties may reserve seats for the panel discussion here.

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