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The Currency of Black Culture
Celebrating Hip Hop's Influence on Business
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WOKE SUMMIT 2023

The Entrepreneurship Conference for the Culture

The Currency of Black Culture

Celebrating Hip Hop’s Influence on Business

The #BLUEPRINT Edition

 

Since 2018, the WOKE Entrepreneurship Summit has created a unique event experience for Black entrepreneurs aged 21-45. As an "entrepreneurship conference for the culture", each year we bring together Chicago's top Millennial, Xennial, and seasoned business leaders for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.

 

Hip Hop is not just about a music genre, it is a culture. And love it or not, it affects what we buy and how we buy it. Run DMC’s “My Adidas”, Aaliyah’s Tommy Hilfiger look and Rihanna’s “Fenty”, has proven that Black culture changes the game for brands who understand our buying power and Black culture’s effect on the bottom line. This year’s summit will take a look back at Hip Hop culture’s GLOBAL influence over the last 50 years and look forward to embracing the power that we possess in all industries. 

 

This year, we are going to hear how the culture has influenced business trends, changed the way we market our products and continues to set the direction for how we operate - and thrive in the global marketplace. WOKE 2023 speakers are going to share how they have leveraged their influence, embraced black culture and how we can do the same to take our businesses to the next level!

 

Consider this year's WOKE SUMMIT the #BLUEPRINT edition.   

​Fueling the Block

 

As we celebrate business, culture and the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop, you gotta know this year’s Lituation Room will be crazy! Our MC for the day, Brand Strategist and Founder of Success Junkie, Serita Love will keep the party hyped!

We’re gonna lean in while we honor this year’s stand-out business owners, support our vendors and community partners and hear from the 93 Boyz founder, artist and keynote speaker Vic Mensa!!

Pitch Me

 

Get your Pitch on point and win some coins! Three businesses will be chosen to participate and will have 4 minutes to give judges their best business pitch. Apply here

Raise the Roof

 

Meet us on the Lacuna Loft’s rooftop for our Rooftop Reception sponsored by the Coleman Foundation! Come to network, cocktail and jam to the beats of DJ Double Mz.

 

Suits are not encouraged but your favorite hip hop T-shirts are. Hope to see you there.

 

Keeping it Lit!

 

#wokesummit

#wokesummit2023

Meet the Team

Host, Keynote Speaker and Presenters

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The Conference

WOKE Entrepreneur Summit is upon us.  Join us live and in person!

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The Vision 

3 Millennial/Xennial Entrepreneurs.

One Bag ($3000).

Are you ready?

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The BLACK DOLLAR 

A Vendor Fair Supporting Black Entrepreneurs

The #BLUEPRINT Edition

Since 2018, the WOKE Entrepreneurship Summit has created a unique event experience for Black African American entrepreneurs aged 21-45. As an "entrepreneurship conference for the culture", each year we bring together Chicago's top Millennial, Xennial, and seasoned business leaders for a day of learning, networking, and celebration.

 

Hip Hop is not just about a music genre, it is a culture. , aAnd love it or not, it affects what we buy and how we buy it. Run DMC’s “My Addidas”, Aa Ayliyah’s Tommy Hilfiger look and Rhihanna’s “Fenty”, has proven that Bblack culture changes the game for brands who understand our buying power and Bblack culture’s effect on the bottom line. This year’s summit will take a look back at Hip Hop culture’s GLOBAL influence over the last 50 years and look forward to embracing the power that we possess in all industries. 

 

This year, we are going to hear how the culture has influenced business trends, changed the way we market our products and continues to set the direction for how we operate - and thrive in the global marketplace. WOKE 2023 speakers are going to share how they have leveraged their influence, embraced black culture and how we can do the same to take our businesses to the next level!

 

Consider this year's WOKE SUMMIT the #BLUEPRINT edition.   

​Fueling the Block

 

As we celebrate business, culture and the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop, you gotta know this year’s Molson Coor’s sponsoryear’s ed Lituation Room will be crazy! Our MC for the day, Brand Strategist and Founder of Success Junkie, Serita Love will keep the party hyped!

We’re gonna lean in while we honor this year’s stand-out business owners, support our vendors and community partners and hear from the 93 Boyz founder, artist and keynote speaker Vic Mensa!!

Pitch Me!

 

Get your Business Pitch on point and win some coinsready! Three businesses will be chosen to participate and will have 4 minutes to give judges their best business pitch.  Apply here

Raise the Roof!

Meet us on the LacCuna Loft’s rooftop for our Rooftop Reception sponsored by the Coleman Foundation! Come to network, cocktail and jam to the music beats of DJ Double Mz.

 

Suits are not encouraged but your favorite hip hop T-shirts are. Hope to see you there.

 

Keeping it Lit!

 

#wokesummit

#wokesummit2023

Previous Presenters
Micae Brown

Micae Brown

Toure Muhammad

Toure Muhammad

Miles Sandler

Miles Sandler

David Posley Jr

David Posley Jr

Erica King

Erica King

Mark and Shae Walker

Mark and Shae Walker

Bruce Montgomery

Bruce Montgomery

Shannon McGhee

Shannon McGhee

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

Romina Brown

Romina Brown

James Parker

James Parker

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

DJ Double M

DJ Double M

Tyler Clark- Inspire by Tyler

Tyler Clark- Inspire by Tyler

Donna Bracey- Cresco Labs

Donna Bracey- Cresco Labs

J.T. Stinnette

J.T. Stinnette

Elle Ramel- GET Cities

Elle Ramel- GET Cities

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