Friends & Sponsors

Thank you to our friends and sponsors donating their time, talents and technologies to help make our 2020 inaugural events a success! You’ve helped us officially launch our platform, we appreciate you! And we look forward to plenty of collaborations to come.

Please learn about our amazing partners below. Email teamblackignite@gmail to talk collaborations!


New York, NY

Our Creative Partner
thanks to Ash Level!

Presence is a black + lgbtqia+ woman owned & operated hybrid ad agency that creates disruption through a blend of storytelling and empowering visuals.


Hartford, CT

Our Brand Partner
thanks to Krizia Fernando!

Femmecubator is a community-driven platform with a mission to provide free to affordable classes, events and resources to support WOC in tech. Through mentorship and an online community, we aspire to change the ratio of women of color in the tech industry.

The Creative armory

Detroit, MI

Our Community Partner
thanks to Jess McKenzie!

The Creative Armory is a Detroit-based blog that inspires people to do what they love. The blog regularly features creative entrepreneurs, musicians, and places of interest. 


Minneapolis, MN

Our Speak on it Sponsor
thanks to Soojin Pate!

Demographics are changing and employers are faced with new workforce challenges every day. Many of these challenges are centered around diversity, equity & inclusion. Strategic Diversity Initiatives is a certified LGBTQ – and minority-owned (certification in progress) consulting firm with 25 years of experience providing world class education and consultation around diversity, equity & inclusion. We are adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring our approach to fit your organization’s history, context, and goals. Our approach is collaborative, transparent, and strategic. We can help you create and implement a plan to move forward in ways that are comprehensive, enduring, and connected to your core mission


New York, NY

Our Creative Partner
thanks to Lauren Sloan!

Trifecta Media Group provides small businesses with the integrated marketing support they need to be their best. We believe in personalized service that hones in on the needs and vision of our clients. With over 35 years of combined experience, we specialize in the disciplines of Marketing, Public Relations, and Graphic Design, to allow your brand to thrive against a competitive and ever-changing market. Using collaborative partnerships we provide unique strategies to help our clients reach their goals. With a service-minded work ethic, we are committed to creating lasting brands that stand the test of time.


Minneapolis, MN

Our Community Partner
thanks to Ian Karume!

Police brutality must end. Over the last few months, we have seen the sadness, the fear and the anger of a community that has been victimized for too long. Many changes have been implemented, and we celebrate that. Many things still have not, and we continue to fight. We know we are still targets. We know that we are still considered a threat to corporate interests. These garments are an expression of Black anger, grief, and awareness. A demonstration to the world that we are still considered threats, targets, and we will not be going anywhere but where our hopes and dreams take us.


Minneapolis, MN

Our Tech Partner
thanks to Caroline Karanja

The mission of Hack the Gap is to increase equity in technology by highlighting diverse voices and perspectives. This includes women, non-binary, black, indigenous and people of color. We do this through hackathons, programming and investing in technology build by and for women, non-binary and BIPoC peoples.


Minneapolis, MN

Our Podcast Partner
thanks to Hannah Carney!

“We are SooJin Pate and Hannah Carney, two parents who are committed to raising antiracist children and being antiracist ourselves. We are deeply committed to this work and want to build a community that will help parents and caretakers gain confidence in raising a generation of antiracist kids by talking with kids about race, racism, white supremacy, and what it means to be an antiracist. We’re coming to you not as experts but as parents who want to share our missteps and successes in raising antiracist children in the hopes that others will do the same. We are learning with you, answering your questions and highlighting a variety of amazing guests who will help us expand our thinking.  We all play an important role in making our world more equitable in our spheres of influence. Thank you for joining us!”

Our vision is creating an antiracist world for ourselves, our children, and future generations to come.

Our mission is to..

  • To raise a generation of antiracist leaders
  • To build a community of antiracist parents and caretakers
  • To provide parents and caretakers with the knowledge and tools to support children in developing an antiracist identity
  • To provide a space where parents and caretakers can process their successes and missteps in trying to be antiracist parents/caretakers
  • To curate a courageous, vulnerable, experimental space where parents and caretakers can speak frankly about the joys and challenges of being on the antiracist parenting/caretaking journey

Hamilton, Ontario

Our Community Partner
thank you for all you do!

Jessica Oddi is a freelance graphic designer with a physical disability. She focuses on accessible design, and inclusive work for much needed representation. On the side Jess co-runs @TheDisabledLife with her sister Lianna. Where they document the perks and jerks of being disabled.

We see you contributing dollars and hours to help us make #BlackIgnite2020 a success. Thank you to the following people for (coordinating) silent sponsorships.

Heather Olson
Adam Selzer
Laura Lanigan
Abbey Smalley
Brad Hoyt
Jenna Pederson
Deanna Swanson
Brea Hall

General Galactic
Bloomberg Beta