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Hartford, CT – October 26, 2021 – Girls For Technology, a non-profit organization committed to closing the technology and engineering gender gap for women of color, will host a Venture Pitch Competition at The Society Room in Hartford to officially conclude its first Building for EquityÔ accelerator program. The accelerator offered Black and Brown women-led businesses the opportunity to receive education and business coaching program from successful female entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives over the course of a five-week program.

“Girls For Technology believes that when Black and Brown women win, we all win,” said Sabrina Tucker-Barrett, Girls For Technology Founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to create a space where women can connect with and learn from diverse entrepreneurs and receive the support needed for success.”

Building for Equity was created to change the narrative around female entrepreneurship within the Black and Brown community and provide aspiring business owners with access to capital and influential networks, as well as the ability to hire employees. Nine Black and Latinx women founders selected to participate in the program will present their business ideas to a panel of judges for the opportunity to secure funding.

The entrepreneurs and companies participated in the pitch competition include:

· Toni Cranford: Cranford Inc LLC

· Melissa-Sue John: Lauren Simone Publishing House

· Ashli Esteves-Nelson: Brown Butter Creations

· Chris-Ann Miller: The Ital Juicery Company™️

· Ayodele Ashley Sodipo: PINK FLAMINGO PARTY CO

· Davina Ismail: NI Sips

· Leydi Jaramillo: Angel Lavish Cleaning

· Rondasia Curry: Royal Lilac: Photo & Design

· Candace Donaldson: Posh Paint LLC

“The last 18-months have shed a more visible light on the fundamental inequities in race, gender as the U.S. confronts both the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice,” Tucker-Barrett continued. “We developed the Building for Equity program driven by the belief that the greatest equalizer of wealth disparity is business ownership. We congratulate all the participants and look forward to a great pitch event.”

The pitch competition, to be held on November 11th, and will feature a presentation from Kim Roxie, one of the most influential

cosmetics entrepreneurs and founder of LAMIK Beauty, a makeup line that caters to multicultural women.

To attend the event or participate virtually, please visit: this link

About Girls For Technology:

Girls For Technology, Inc., is a program committed to closing the Technology and Engineering gender gap one girl at a time, partnering with schools and other community providers to inspire girls to realize their potential in the fields Technology and Engineering. The program’s mission is to mobilize women of color for economic mobility and systems-change by providing entrepreneurship training, sparking innovation, and making connections towards a thriving future. For more information about Girls For Technology, please visit: