Rodney Sampson, entrepreneur and author of Kingonomics, is hosting an event in Washington,DC on August 22nd and 23rd celebrating the 50thanniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech. The event will feature a conference with an emphasis on crowdfunding as a tool for economic development and a gala honoring innovators in a variety of industries.
Sampson was recently added as the Executive-In-Charge of Diversity and Inclusion to Mark Burnett’s team producing ABC’s “Shark Tank.” One of his first initiatives in that capacity is to include an open casting call for the show at the Kingonomics Conference to be held on August 23rd. Registered conference participants will get priority in the screening for the show.
Those interested in being on the show should arrive ready to pitch the casting team as if they were on the show. Serious entrepreneurs will already have a significant portion of their financing round lined up beforehand.
Mark Cuban will be the headline speaker at the Kingonomics conference itself, which will focus largely on crowdfunding. Other speakers include Daymond John, author, entrepreneur and designer; Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo; Candace Klein of Somolend; Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff; Grossman and Schole; Richard Swart of the University of California Berkeley; Chris Tyrell of Nehemiah Investments; and Judy Robinette of Crowdfund Capital Advisors. I’ve also been invited to participate and hope to see you there.
The intersection between minority communities and crowdfunding is strategic. Sampson is a firm believer that crowdfunding will provide minority entrepreneurs access to capital that they simply have not had from traditional sources like venture capital or bank lending.
The conference will feature six different tracks or boot camps: “Start.up,” “ Grow.up,” “ Invest.up,” “Kingdom.up,” “Crowd.up,” “Sprout.up,” and “Year.up.” Each track will focus on the respective themes corresponding to their titles. The Kingdom.up track, for instance, will feature religious leaders.
[Source: Devin Thorpe, a Forbes Contributor ]