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Over the past year BUILDUP has held several events focused on entrepreneurship, tech culture and venture capital but as Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area tech companies reflects staggeringly low representation of employees and tech founders across gender and racial categories in contrast to the diverse population of the world, we wanted to do more.

Today BUILDUP is excited to announce a five week, six series technical workshop series with Google, Twitter, UBER, Galvanize and TechCrunch starting May 26th. The BUILDUP Workshop Series is designed to educate and prepare individuals from underrepresented groups for career paths in technology. The workshop series co-led by Google, TechCrunch, Uber, Twitter and Galvanize is targeted at individuals considering new careers in tech, launching a startup or building a product, or interested in attending a code school. The series is also geared toward junior engineers, developers and designers, college students, or entrepreneurs looking to sharpen their current tech skill set.

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The workshops will cover:
How to build your minimum viable product
Design Thinking
How to Pitch Your Startup
Abuse and Diversity Online
Cyber Security

The workshop series will be hosted at Galvanize and begins May 26th through June 24th. Individuals can register for the workshops on BUILDUP’s educational site

Schedule of workshops includes:
May 26 – Google: How to build your minimum viable product – Stanton Jones & Kyle Wanamaker, Software Engineers
June 3 – Google: Design Thinking, Nancy Douyon, User Experience Research Program Manager
June 10 – TechCrunch: How to Pitch Your Startup – Samantha O’Keefe, Startup Battlefield Editor
June 16 – UBER: Intro To UBER API – Kyle Bailey, Senior Software Engineer
June 17 – Twitter: Abuse and Diversity Online – Leslie Miley, Engineering Leader Specializing in Mobile and Web Development
June 24th – Cyber Security – Charles Nwatu, Information Security Manager – Security Monitoring and Incident

Workshops are $30 for each class and will take place at Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street in San Francisco.

Workshop Partners

awg twitter galvanize
uber     techcrunch


Stanton Jones
Software Engineer

Nancy Douyon
User Experience Research
Program Manager

Samantha O’Keefe
Startup Battlefield Editor

Kyle Bailey
Senior Software Engineer

Leslie Miley
Engineering Leader Specializing in
Mobile and Web Development

Charles Nwatu
Information Security Manager –
Security Monitoring and Incident


Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

One of the key visions behind the Tech Inclusion conference is to create an event that allows tech companies/startups, individuals, consultants, diverse communites/organizations and thought leaders to share their solutions, lesson learned and case studies around tech diversity and inclusion. We originally set an ambitious date of June 12-13th. We opened call for speakers and reached out to key speakers and sponsors who we knew that were already doing amazing work. Since our original call for speakers, we have received over 90 call for speaker applications and continue to receive positive response from the tech community about the need for the Tech Inclusion conference. The initial feedback was great but we realized we were competing with a lot of conferences and other events around Apple’s WWDC the week of June 12-13.

Therefore we have moved the date of the Tech Inclusion Conference to September 11-12, 2015. The Tech Inclusion conference will still take place at Galvanize in San Francisco.

We also tested various pricing models for the conference, as we understand that everyone may not be able to attend due to financial reasons. We now have two pricing levels, one at $100 for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs, Students, Non-profits and one at $300 for Series A+, Corporate Registration. For college students or if anyone would like to apply for a scholarship we have a limited amount of scholarship tickets. If interested, you can apply via the Tech Inclusion Scholarship Application form. As it takes a lot of resources to host a two data multi-track conference, we’re hopeful to make more scholarships available with sponsors support.

In the upcoming weeks we will announce more speakers to join the list from participating companies such as Google For Entrepreneurs, 500 Startups, Pinterest, Yelp and Twitter. We’re truly excited to go from just talking about diversity and inclusion in tech to show what solutions are being created and what’s working!

We would like to thank our early sponsors, Change Catalyst, Yelp, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Galvanize, Softlayer and all of our media sponsors.

TECH INCLUSION Conference, September 11-12th
Exploring innovative solutions to tech diversity and inclusion

Conference Organizers: Melinda Epler and Wayne Sutton


I’m pleased to announced on June 12th-13th I’m co-organizing the first Tech Inclusion conference and workshops in San Francisco.

As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem: from the pipeline to the boardroom to Capitol Hill. Entrepreneurs, corporations, education facilities, policy makers and investment firms are all ready to do something about it. The Tech Inclusion workshops and conference will provide a safe, informative environment to explore comprehensive answers.

As diversity and inclusion is about bringing diverse minds and solutions to the table we are looking for thought leaders to explore innovative solutions in the categories of education, workplace, innovation and policy detailed in the chart below.


If you’re interested in participating as a speaker, panelist, moderator or workshop instructor fill out the “Call for Speakers” form here: Apply To Speak At Tech Inclusion Conference

You can learn more about the Tech Inclusion Conference and Workshops at

Thank You!

Conference Organizers: Melinda Epler and Wayne Sutton


Engineers Week was created to connect students from disparate engineering departments, showcase the achievements of our 62+ student organizations, and highlight UC Berkeley’s commitment to promoting diversity and emotional engagement on campus.

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Tequity, a newly established student organization focused on outreach and minority inclusion, to launch Fireside 2020. In five years time, by 2020, our big, audacious goal is to match 200 students from underrepresented and minority backgrounds with mentors to help connect them to a full-time job or paid internship — seeking to bridge the gap in the tech workforce.

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– Kat Manalac | Moderator | Partner at YC
– Wayne Sutton | Speaker |
– Karla Monterroso | Speaker | VP of CODE2040
– Chloé Alpert | Speaker | CEO of Teaman & Company

Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.

Food Provided.

Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Engineers Week

RSVP here:

I’m looking forward to speaking and meeting everyone!

Startup PR strategist @Chikodi Chima organized the first #URMinTECH Community Brunch in Oakland today. More on the event later but below are some photos from the gathering.









Last week BUILDUP co-hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Technology Round Table With Rev. Jesse Jackson at Galvanize in San Francisco. Prior to the roundtable, BUILDUP General Partner Wayne Sutton had the opportunity to interview Rev. Jesse Jackson. You can watch the interview here.

You can view all of the photos on other social networks below:




BUILDUP Hosts AllAccess Holiday Social and Toy Drive Benefitting Local Bay Area Non-Profits

Global impact firm will also announce AllAccess Award winners at holiday gathering

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec. 2, 2014 – BUILDUP, a global impact firm designed to connect, mentor and educate technology entrepreneurs, today announced they will partner with several inclusive, world-changing organizations in the spirit of giving back, by hosting a holiday social and toy drive benefitting local San Francisco Bay area non-profits. The AllAccess holiday social and awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 3rd at 6pm at if(we) 840 Battery Street in San Francisco.

A free event open to all, the AllAccess holiday social requests guests bring gifts such as educational games, books, science lab kits and toys for kids ages 8 to 17, to support the Lincoln Child CenterPrescott Joseph Center and other bay area youth programs. Guests will enjoy an evening of networking, food and music. To attend the AllAccess holiday social and for more information, please visit

BUILDUP is partnering with Accelerate With Google, Avion Ventures, BlackBirds (Twitter),
Black Girls Code, CODE2040, DreamFunded, femgineer, Girl Develop It, if(we), Kapor Center For Social Impact, Latino Startup Alliance, ODALC, Singularity University, STEMBOARD, StealthMode Group, Up Global, and WomenWhoCode.

“if(we) is proud to be co-hosting this season’s All Access Holiday Social at our offices where we will welcome both old and new friends coming together to support diversity in technology and more,” said Steve Sarner, vice president of marketing for if(we).

Tiffany Price, Information Strategist for the Kapor Center for Social Impact added, “We are pleased to partner with BUILDUP and other companies committed to diversifying the tech ecosystem, using our collective resources and networks to positively impact the broader community during this holiday season.”

AllAccess Awards Winners to Be Announced at Holiday Social

The AllAccess Awards is part of a new era of organizations and individuals working together to drive much-needed change in technology, as innovation requires diverse voices, unique experiences and open access. The awards highlight entrepreneurs, women and minorities in tech, along with STEM organizations, conferences, publications, startups, accelerators, angel investors and venture capital firms.

“It’s time to build our future together. It’s time to learn from one another, build upon bold foundations and acknowledge fellow changemakers building world-changing solutions, said Wayne Sutton, general partner of BUILDUP. “On December 3rd, we honor some of those bold leaders of 2014. Together we award those paving the way to an all access future.” 

A complete list of winners and nominees is available at

BUILDUP was founded in 2014 by Wayne Sutton, Kristina Omari and Christian Anderson, who together have more than 30 years experience in technology and investing. Sutton is a three-time startup founder and co-founder of the first minority lead startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley, while both Omari and Anderson bring a wealth of knowledge from their backgrounds in technology, strategy, investments and business development. Together, they formed BUILDUP as they noted the extreme lack of minority technology role models, such as founders or investors who are women, African-American, or Hispanic for upcoming entrepreneurs to approach as mentors or advisors.

The firm is dedicated to increasing innovation globally by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – from the technology, education, health, design, environmental, social and political sectors. BUILDUP hosts networking events featuring successful founders, designers, investors and thought leaders to assist in providing valuable information to first time and experienced entrepreneurs.


BUILDUP is a global impact firm designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies to solve the world’s most critical challenges. For more information, visit

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