The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…
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Wednesday, October 10 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Early Bird Session: Becoming a Corporate Vendor - An Inside Look

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Are you scared to start your own tech business?  Are you trying to find your confidence to work with large companies?

As a startup or small business, the opportunity may arise to become a vendor or supplier to large corporations.  Learn about the supplier diversity programs offered by some of the major corporations to assist small businesses, veteran owned businesses, minority owned businesses, LGBT owned businesses, and women owned businesses. Come hear from a few supplier diversity managers and corporate vendors who will demystify the process and provide some great insight.  

Be brave, and check out this session.

This is a free pre-conference event taking place as a part of BITCON2018 & Twin Cities Startup Week at the brand new Elliot Park Hotel on October 10th. 

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Erica Kairis

Community Relations/ Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Thomson Reuters


Fredrick Blocton

President, UpNet Technologies
UpNet Technologies (UpNet) is a Minnesota based company located in Minneapolis Minnesota.UpNet is a driving force in the data integration and supply chain sphere. Founded in 1996, UpNetdeveloped SmartCOMP™ on its iEDeX™ technology platform.UpNet’s SmartCOMP™ is the next generation... Read More →
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Matthew Laud

Enterprise Sourcing & Procurement IT Director, UnitedHealth Group
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Rod Robinson

CEO, ConnXus
Rod Robinson is the founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier management software platform that enables Global 2000 companies to discover new suppliers, manage supplier diversity tracking, compliance and mandated reporting requirements. ConnXus’ cloud-based platform provides... Read More →
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John Taylor

Director, Supplier Diversity, Medtronic
As director of Supplier Diversity, I am responsible for increasing alignment and coordinating Supplier Diversity & Federal Small Business Subcontracting Program goals, with our Business Units and Functions. I work closely with the Global Supply Management Team (GSM) & Procurement... Read More →
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Karen Tobler

Supplier Diversity Lead, Target Corporation
As a Supplier Diversity Lead at Target, Karen is responsible for leading the Supplier Diversity strategy for Health and Beauty, Essentials, Home and Hardlines. With more than 12 years of experience in business development in both real estate and retail, she specializes in connecting... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Elliot Park Hotel 823 5th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404