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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 is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., an African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has specialized in providing affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities in Philadelphia. Brigitte is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2014 as one of the “7 Brilliant Women in Tech” according to Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark. Over the last few years, Ms. Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities.

    Most recently, Ms. Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDx Philadelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector. In 2014, Brigitte was featured in Marie Claire magazine in its “Mogul Maintenance” column and following after launched an initiative called Mogulette, a program centered around educating and mentoring, with a focus on empowering young women of color, between the ages of 20-25 interested in careers in entrepreneurism within technology.

    Ms. Daniel is committed to giving back to the community and spends a significant amount of time serving as a Trustee member of the Philadelphia Free Library, a Board Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and a Founding Board member of the Independence Charter School – West.

  • 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.