Black Wall Street Homecoming began as a way to engage North Carolina Central University alums and students around Durham’s entrepreneurial heritage prior to their annual celebration on campus.

Now, the three-day event draws a national lineup of speakers and some of the most active venture capitalists funding black and other diverse founders around the nation. There are opportunities for idea stage and more mature entrepreneurs from Durham or elsewhere to pitch, network and learn strategies for operating, funding and growing their businesses.

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Co-organizer Talib Graves-Manns likens the caliber of programming and entertainment to what can be found at South by Southwest, but in a more intimate setting and with better access to power players in the entrepreneurial and philanthropic communities. He expects more than 200 attendees, an increase from last year.

All of the speakers have been tasked with providing tactical advice and resources.

“We wanted to do less talking heads and more workshops,” says Graves-Manns. “We want our guests to literally sit there with pen and paper and take notes and have action-oriented direction from the leaders we brought to town.”

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Black Wall Street Homecoming is Back With National Speakers, Active VCs & Plenty of Fun