MAY 18 – 20, 2021

VIRTUAL | LOS ANGELES, CA

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S PREMIER TECH CONFERENCE

 

Every human being on earth is driven by possibility. Possibility is fueled by ideas. We believe that diverse ideas from all walks of life, can help expand the realm of possibility for the entire world. The UTC: Forward conference is helping by bridging the gap of diverse ideation in technology.

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KEYNOTES, TALKS, AND PANELS ON VIRTUAL MAIN STAGE

Successful Founders from Series A and above bring their diverse perspectives from fundraising and bootstrapping to team building and more. Over 600 Early Stage Founders, Professionals, and Students motivated and excited about the future of Tech.

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

These 1:1 virtual meetings give founders, business operators, and tech job & digital media job seekers and opportunity to connect with angel investors, venture capitalists, product designers, creative talent, tech executives, and other subject matter experts to help grow their business or learn more about opportunities in tech. 

VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS 

Connect with StartUps,Tech Companies, Resource Providers and Organizations shaping tech in SOCAL & beyond. Showcase your solution and ways you can help through our virtual exhibition hall.
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VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Virtual sessions to learn about various innovative companies and start up founders, technology solutions, and job opportunities. Join  over 400+ Founders, Entrepreneurs and Students who all want to be plugged into high quality Founders, Start Ups, Tech Companies, and Resource providers. 

WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA

Explore some of the action for this year’s event.

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THE HOSTS

Lauryn Nwankpa
Dave

Mckeever Conwell
RareBreed Ventures

THE SPEAKERS

A few of the speakers for Urban Tech Connect // Forward 2021

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Beatriz Acevedo
Acevedo Foundation

Morgan DeBaun
Blavity

Ayinde Alakoye
nedl

Arabian Prince
Inov8 Next Open Labs

Eric Osiakwan
Chanzo Capital

Abbey Wemimo
Esusu

Mamuna Oladipo
Kickstarter

Charles Hudson
Precursor Ventures

Erika Chestnut
Calendly

David Hall
Revolution

Maria Salamanca
Unshackled Ventures

Isaac Hayes III
Fanbase

Jessica

Jessica Salinas
New Media Ventures

Kai Bond
Courtside Ventures

Cheryl Contee
The Impact Seat

VC’S, ANGELS, AND MORE

A few of the rockstars coming to UTC: Forward 2020

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Patria Cabral
Global Product Director, Ria Money Transfer

Andy Cloyd
Vice President, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Fund

Regina Wallace-Jones
Mindbody, SVP of Product and Engineering

Miki Reynolds
Executive Director, Grid110

Cody Peterson
Attorney, Gunderson Dettmer

Mamuna Oladipo
Kickstarter, SVP of Product, Design & Engineering

Shane Kelly
Wolverine Angels, Founding Partner

Plug In Blog @ UTC // Forward 2021

Former Facebook Recruiter Rhett Lindsey Creates Anti-Bias App

Former Facebook Recruiter Rhett Lindsey Creates Anti-Bias App

Rhett Lindsey saw racial bias and discrimination in Silicon Valley firsthand as an engineer recruiter for Facebook, where "culture fit" hangs over candidates of color like an invisible cloud, he told the Washington Post. Lindsey left the company in November after only...

Arabian Prince’s Social Impact Incubator Launches in LA

Arabian Prince’s Social Impact Incubator Launches in LA

A new LA-based incubator co-founded by songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ, and technologist Arabian Prince just launched to support tech entrepreneurs from marginalized communities. Incub8next aims to take startups from concept to seed funding. "There are people who...

Digital Banking Startup Greenwood Readies for Service Rollout

Digital Banking Startup Greenwood Readies for Service Rollout

Greenwood, the digital banking startup co-founded by rapper Killer Mike, Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover, and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young is getting ready to start serving underrepresented customers. Named after the Black business district in Tulsa that was...

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About Plug In South LA

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