A festival at the intersection of finance, technology & culture

Have you ever wondered what Blockchain, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, the Metaverse, WEB3 is and why everyone is talking about it? 

On November 16 - 18, 2021, we are going to show you and tell you!

We know it’s a little scary. But don’t worry — We got you!​

"An event that will show you how to play and how to win — in a world where Finance, Technology & Culture collides."

Designed for Students, Alumni, Business Professionals and the Community

The future is being created in real-time and there is an urgent need to educate, engage and immerse the HBCU & Black community into the heartbeat and culture of FinTech — the technology, the innovation and the business to drive opportunities for economic empowerment, emerging career pathways and transform generational wealth inequities.


We are bringing you an exciting experience of information and access — keynotes, masterclasses, product demos and media activations, from experts and leaders across the FinTech ecosystem.

Be Inspired: Here’s your chance to get experience the FinTech wave! 

Check out what you're going to learn and experience at FinTech BLK Fest

  • What’s trending and hot in FinTech and Culture
  • Music, Fashion, Sports, Gaming, & Design Re-imagined
  • Wealth generation, economic equity, financial empowerment and literacy strategies
  • In-depth conversations, demos, culture briefings, and NFT sessions
  • The people creating a new future in business & culture
  • Cryptocurrency and tokens and why it is creating potential and possibilities everywhere
  • Virtual networking and engagement opportunities

fisk university

Official Education Host and Festival Partner

Fisk University has stood the test of time for more than 150 years. Fisk University is ranked #6 among historically black universities, according to U.S. News and World Report, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s international reputation for academic excellence. 

An amazing selection of speakers!

We went into our bag on this one.  We are bringing you some of the most innovative and cutting edge names in business, culture, technology,  blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency, gaming, design financial empowerment, Web3, the Metaverse and much more.  

Cuy Sheffield

VP and Head of Crypto, Visa

Trinidad Hermida

CEO, The Hermida Company

Gary Vaynerchuk

Chairman of VaynerX, CEO of VaynerMedia

Robert Greenfield

President + CEO,  Emerging Impact

Micah Johnson

Creator of Aku Dreams

Kai Turner

Co-Founder BLOCK::BLOCK, Founder MeebitsDAO, CryptoPunk

Cleve Mesidor

Head of Women of Color in Blockchain

Marques Colston

Executive Coach. Financial Advisor. New Orleans Saints, Hall of Fame

Ben Pagotto

Co-Founder RTFKT Studios

April Walker

Founder & CEO, Walker Wear

Jarman Hauser

Principal, Impact Computing, Amazon

Jim Jones

Founder of $CapoCoin, Entrepreneur

Anjali Kapoor

Founder, Alt Key Theory (AKT)

Forrest Culyer

Blockchain Solutions Architect, Amazon

Jean Feierfeil

Co-Founder at MetaGameHub DAO

Rahkim Sabree

Financial Empowerment Coach, Author, TED speaker

Jimmy McNelis

Founder, NFT42, Nameless,  Tokensmart

Dr. D'Wayne Edwards

Founder of PENSOLE Lewis College of Business & Design

Eboni Taylor

Blockchain Marketing, MetaGameHub DAO

Keith Major

Photo Director, EBONY.com

Shakir Ramsey

Global Director, Digital Growth, Adidas

Teddy Pahagbia

Founder of BLVCK PiXEL, Most Influential People in the Metaverse

Jeff Kaufmann

Founder of JUMP, a tokenized web3 community

Dr. Talaya Waller

International Personal Branding Consultant & Adjunct Professor, Duke University.

Dayo Adeosun

Co-founder and Chief Community Officer, Glass (glass.xyz)

Cassie Hinnen

CEO of ZapLife and ZapTheory

Chad Womack

Sr. Director, STEM Initiatives + HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, UNCF

Daniel Dipiazza

Bestselling Author, Serial Entrepreneur & Martial Artist

Eric Halpern

Co-founder of Mode

Beny Ashburn

Co-Founder + CEO Crown & Hops Brewing Co.

Karim Webb

CEO of 4thMVMT

Atul Prashar

Founder, Sava360 Ventures

Isaac Hayes III

Founder and CEO of Fanbase 

Iris Nevins

Co-Founder, Umba Daima

Ian Brown

Co-Founder ACIB Management


Jamin Warren

Founder, Twofivesix


Animator and World builder, POORSTUDIO

Rob Richardson

Founder of Disruption Now Media

Traci Grant

Chief Correspondent, Ovis

Raymond Graham

Technical Director, Unity Technologies.

Morgan Evans

CEO, Nex Cubed

Linton Johnson

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Ovis

Teo Hunter

Co-Founder + COO Crown & Hops Brewing Co.

Floyd Pitts

ACBI Management

Derrick Thomas

Serial entrepreneur, Social Engineer and Corporate Athlete

Jamiel Sheikh

Founder & CEO of Chainhaus

Tarek (Terk) Stevens

Owner/Terk Entertainment Group

John Wolff

International Consultant &  Game Producer

Chris Russell

Partnerships Strategy at Rally

Daryl Spivey

Managing Partner, Egghead Enterainment

Special thanks to our partners!

Free for College Students With a School Email Address.


Each registered college or alumni attendee with an official school email address will receive a complimentary pass and eligible to to receive a special FinTech BLK Fest NFT.  Post event, all attendees will receive information on how to collect their NFT via SMS or email. Register now as this is a limited special collection. 


You have three options to choose from. Post event, all attendees will receive information on how to collect their NFT via SMS or email. Register now! This is a limited special collection. 


$ 0
  • Students w/ .edu address
  • Online Only

General Virtual
Admission Pass

$ 99
  • Online Only

general Virtual Admission
Pass / w Event NFT

$ 199
  • Online Only + NFT Pass
  • Inaugural Collection NFT

W/Limited Edition Event NFT

$ 399
  • General Admission Live Event Pass
  • Limited Edition NFT
  • NYC Theater
  • Only 65 In-Person Tickets Available

FEATURED SESSIONS some of what you can expect

Tuesday, November 16

Featured Sessions

#wealth generation #entrepreneurship # innovation #financial empowerment #economic equity

Black Wall Street Revisited

This session brings to life the stories of investment, passion, community, and discipline as a blueprint for the future. It features the writers and producers of the upcoming Black Wall Street movie, executive produced by Morris Chestnut.

    The Academy Model. Learning Unlocked.

    There is a growing community of transformative educational entrepreneurs and businesses who are exploring different models to education that leverages interests and passions to empower a new generation of industry professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators.

      Financial Empowerment through the Sports Lens

      Financial literacy is a critical part of our lives, but many people struggle with managing their money. This session will provide real-world tips and strategies that will reframe how we think about money and finances and why financial empowerment is the key to achieving personal and business goals by giving us more control over our future!

        Wednesday, November 17

        Featured Sessions

        #Blockchain, #DAO, #NFTs, #Careers #The Metaverse

        Building your digital footprint and brand in WEB 3 and the Metaverse.

        The Metaverse is a transformative digital space that will change how we interact with each other and the world. It’s an incredible new world where all of your digital assets are yours to control, trade, or sell at any time. You don't want to miss this one. Buiding the brand of you in the Metaverse.

          The Story of AKU

          Micah Johnson created Aku, a character based on a young boy who asked if it is possible for astronauts to be black. Aku quickly become a symbol of hope and unlimited potential Johnson’s message of brighter futures for black youth resulting in $2 million in art sales in 28 hours.

            The Culture of NFTs: Sports, Fashion and Music

            From sports, fashion and across culture, NFTs are creating a new generation of content creators and collectors. We’re witnessing the music, sports and gaming industries transformed — with culture leading the way.

              Thursday, November 18

              Featured Sessions

              #Innovators #Tokenomics #Cryptonomics #NFT Platforms & Communities #NFTs Drop Drip

              One-On-One with Gary Vaynerchuk

              Gary Vaynerchuk is considered one of the leading global minds on what’s next in culture, relevance and the internet. Known as “GaryVee” he is described as one of the most forward thinkers in business – he acutely recognizes trends and patterns early to help others understand how these shifts impact markets and consumer behavior.

                From 100 Followers to 1 Million Followers. Monetize Your Fanbase.

                People are spending so much money and time and creativity on social media platforms, which are making billions of dollars from their cultural IP, but isn't it time for the fans and users to better monetize their creative assets.

                  When did NFTs Become Big Business?

                  We’re in an era where almost anyone can monetize any thing they produce with (NFTs) and Tokens. However, this is just the beginning as NFTs not only have value, but provide access to new opportunities and communities. Let's unlock the world of NFTs and a new Cultural Brand.



                    It’s free for college students and you’ll receive a commemorative NFT when you set up your digital wallet. Join the FinTech BLK Community to stay up to date with all festival announcements, news, offers and more! 

                    Sessions: Your Front-Row Seat
                    to the Future

                    Financial literacy is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. In these sessions, hear from experts in finance, accounting, sports, business, education and other industries — focused on insights, value and perspectives on financial literacy. You will leave with an understanding on why financial literacy is the foundation for your relationship with money, investing, wealth building and economic equity.

                    Improving business efficiency, driving innovation and reducing costs - blockchain is accelerating the transformation of almost every industry.  Originally, a  technology  focused on cryptocurrency, it is giving rise to in-demand careers, a new class of entrepreneurs and well-paying jobs. These sessions will help you understand the story, design and technology behind blockchain and its impact and potential for wealth building and global change. 

                    Keep up with the ever-changing world of crypto and how it is creating new streams of revenue and business opportunities.  We are in the era of digital and virtual currency (crypto.) Bitcoin, Altcoin, Meme coins, etc., — are designed to to work as a monetary asset that can be used to pay for goods and services, traded for a profit or as an investment. Decentralized digital money, it operates without any interference between a third party or middleman. 

                    Hear straight from the experts, cultural leaders, and content creators who are taking tokens and the red hot NFT market to an entirely new level. Understand the utility and purpose of different types of tokens and opportunities from their creation and usage. 

                    Experience sessions are designed for learning through doing, engaging activations and challenges.  Choose to take a text-message learning course, select your digital wallet, gain points to win prizes, or participate in masterclasses —  these sessions are your keys to activating a personalized FinTech BLK Fest Experience. 

                    Want to partner with us?

                    We are excited to invite industry and community partners to join us in building the future of an inclusive, innovative and equitable FinTech Industry.

                    General Inquiries:


                    (tel) +1.917.952.9021

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                    Event Disclosure: FinTech BLK Fest is an educational conference. Its content is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice or as a substitute for consultation with financial professionals. 

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