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July 17, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Black Tech Weekly launching out of Cincinnati

It is the latest initiative from the owners of "Black Tech Week" which begins its three-day run on July 18 in the Queen City.

Just ahead of the Cincinnati-based “Black Tech Week” which begins its three-day run on July 18, the organizers behind that event have announced the launch of  a new media division in a partnership that includes NBCUniversal and Inc. Magazine.

According to the news release accompanying the announcement, the new division is named Black Tech Weekly and will also include alliances with Black-owned publications Rolling Out and Black Wall Street Times. The distribution and engagement power of these collaborations will help bring the stories of Black innovators to a collective audience of more than 100 million people each month.

“Black founder stories are not being told with authenticity,” said Brian Brackeen, Co-Owner of Black Tech Week. “Often, the reporting amplifies themes of adversity and struggle, rather than focusing on the innovations and successes. Through Black Tech Weekly, we intend to deliberately change this narrative and realign the way mainstream media frames Black business culture.”

Lightship Foundation, led by start-up investors Candice Matthews Brackeen and Brian Brackeen, acquired “Black Tech Week” in March 2022 and relocated the event to Cincinnati.

Black Tech Weekly is currently accepting new media partners and content creators who share its commitment to telling the stories of Black founders and the Black venture ecosystem. Those interested in learning more can send an email to

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