Excitement building for INNOVATION & EQUITY at Jewel on U Street

With 79,000 African-Americans in cutting edge occupations and graduate research in the national capital area, U Street is on the verge of a transformational “function at the junction” for advancing economic justice through innovation.
The Lincoln Theatre, “the Jewel on U Street,” hosts the 11th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology Symposium — “INNOVATION & EQUITY: Spurring Manufacturing Through Innovation in Black Communities– on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose monument on the Mall opens during National Black Business Month, August, 2011.
The program begins at 8 a.m. on Satuday, Jan. 15,2011 with a tribute to the 225,000 African-Americans who served in the Civil War at the Black Civil War Memorial above the 12th and U Metro Station. This year’s theme for Black History Month is African-Americans and the Civil War.
After the opening in the Lincoln Theatre at 9 a.m., The Honorable Anthony W. Miller, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education, keynotes the gathering with an address on education for global competitiveness.
That session is one of four catapults to innovation which will be covered during the day-long session.
Within the 1,200 seat Lincoln Theatre, notable as the springboard for Duke Ellington’s career during the Harlem Renaissance, the Latimers, McCoys and Carvers of today can participate in a Capital Court to free investment and lending to black-owned cutting edge entrepreneurs; protect their innovations with experts in a Patent to Public Parlor and access government procurement decisionmakers in an SBIR/STTR Showcase.
Another major address on Creating Value from Innovation will come from Darrell G. Mottley, a principal shareholder of Banner Witcoff and President-Elect, D.C. Bar.
A roundtable discussion will review the trends on small business lending through SBA programs and in view of the changes as a result of the Dodd-Frank act.
The future of energy will tackle advances in fossil fuels, new battery developments and distribution.
A health care symposium will discuss the business opportunities resulting from health care reform and the creation of the new National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Emerging companies can enter the Catapult Innovation Competition to gain access to the capital, expertise and connections of the experts on hand Jan. 15, 2011.
John William Templeton, executive editor of blackmoney.com, which selects the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, said, “We expect to see some major deals coming out of INNOVATION & EQUITY and to establish a template for how to successfully educate young people to compete for the opportunities of the future.”
Templeton is the former editor of the San Jose Business Journal, where he was the first black to edit a business newspaper, and author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO 1992) and the ten annual Silicon Ceiling reports on equal opportunity and high technology.
Registration for INNOVATION & EQUITY is expected to close by Jan. 10. It can be completed online at http://www.souloftechnology.com

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