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Black Out II: Crowdfunding - How to Fund Your Big, Bold Ideas

Thursday, April 10

Do you have a great new business idea but no money to start it? If so, you can't afford to miss WURD's interactive panel discussion on Crowdfunding, the hottest way to raise money to turn your dream into reality.

Whether it's Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Rockethub, these funding strategies provide Black companies a unique opportunity to bridge what is termed “the black entrepreneurial gap,” the notion that Black entrepreneurs start businesses at higher rates, but lag behind in owning sustainable operational businesses.

Lack of capital is the main reason.

In this workshop you'll learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise money to launch or build your business. Presented in partnership with Philly Tech Week and Wilco Electronic Systems, at this panel you'll get hands-on advice from people who have created successful campaigns that have raised tens of thousands of dollars.


  • Chris Rabb, Adjunct professor at Temple University, Fox School of Business


  • Brigitte Daniel, Executive VP, Wilco Electronic Systems & FCC Advisor


  • Daryl H. Bryant, CEO & Founder of

  • Issa Rae, Creator, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, now creating HBO Pilot

  • Tim Reese, Managing Partner, National Minority Angel Network

  • Evita Robinson, Founder, Nomadness, LLC

Temple University Fox School of Business, MBA Commones
1801 Liacouras Walk


  • Brigitte Daniel

    Brigitte Daniel

    Brigitte Daniel works for the cable company in town. No, not Comcast. It’s Wilco Electronics, a Fort Washington, PA-based provider of cable TV, high-speed Internet and other services started by her father in 1977. The company is focused on serving low-income communities and serves as the primary cable and Internet provider for Philadelphia Housing Authority homes.

    In her role as Executive Vice President at Wilco, Daniel has been at the forefront of bridging the digital divide ever since joining the company after law school at Georgetown University. She helped create the Freedom Rings partnership that targeted 100,000 residents with information on the importance of broadband connectivity and provided countless others with training at city computer centers.

  • Issa Rae

    Issa Rae

    With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and close to 150,000 subscribers on YouTube. In addition to making the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and winning the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds and numerous others. She developed a TV series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Rae is also slated to release a book of essays with Simon & Schuster in 2014.