Global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase signed on as an angel sponsor for Plug In South LA’s two-day Urban Tech Connect Conference in May.

JPMorgan Chase provided sponsorship for Urban Tech Connect in the past. By continuing its partnership with Plug In South LA, the firm helps support entrepreneurs from underserved and overlooked communities in and around South Los Angeles.

“This partnership provides high-impact mentorship and business development for the innovative tech founders who are shaping our future,” said Plug In South LA Founder Derek Smith. “JPMorgan Chase is underscoring their commitment to accelerating innovation in all communities.”

Urban Tech Connect, the premier tech conference focused on Latinx and African American founders, expanded to two days for 2020. Extending the conference amplifies the social component and creates a network effect for founders so they can come away with more strategic leads, Smith explained.

Hundreds of attendees are expected to converge at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on May 20 and 21. The growing speaker roster includes LeaseQuery CEO George Azih, Ying CEO Karla Ballard Williams, Mahmee CEO Melissa Hanna, SoLo Funds CEO Travis Holoway, Squad CEO Isa Watson, Lisnr CCO Rodney Williams, VSEDC and South LA Best Buy Teen Tech Center lead tech consultant Cassie Betts, and OPV partner Austin Clements.

Making the economy work for more people is a key focus for JPMorgan Chase, which has operations worldwide and assets of $2.7 trillion. By leveraging the partnership with JPMorgan Chase markets throughout the United States, Plug In South LA is able to tap into more founders, broadening its outreach nationwide.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at JPMorgan Chase,” said Diedra Porché, California division director of business banking. “We’re excited to support Urban Tech Connect’s mission of identifying the next wave of diverse technology founders.”

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