February is Black History Month and for the first time ever, Durham will host the Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship (BITE) event. BITE is led by Triangle entrepreneur Katrina Harrell and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs to honor six minority entrepreneurs in technology with ties to North Carolina–Wayne Sutton and Angela Benton, co-founders of NewMe Accelerator; Tiffani Bell, founder of Pencilyou.in; Stephanie Harris and Roderick Frizzelle, co-founders of iBuzzn.com (a Startup Stampede 2.0 company and pictured at the left); and LaShanda Henry, founder of Black Business Women Online.  

The event will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. at Bay 7 in American Tobacco. In addition to honoring the entrepreneurs above, there will be food, networking and light entertainment. Tickets are $50 and you can register here.  

I am excited this event is kicking off in Durham given our community’s history in Black entrepreneurship and the resurgence of startups underway now. Technology entrepreneurship has been largely dominated by white males over time, which makes an event like BITE a great chance to showcase the diversity of entrepreneurs we have in Durham. I look forward to more events and efforts like this in the years to come.