We offer a safe community for Black professionals and entrepreneurs in the technology sector to build collective capacity by leveraging shared resources, human capital, and economic opportunity in the Greater New Orleans Region.

NOLAvate Black began with the launch of Black Tech NOLA – New Orleans’ first Inclusive Innovation Conference was first held in 2018 during Essence Festival Week to address the systemic racism and social injustices that prevent Black people and under-resourced communities from gaining access to the high-demand and high-wage jobs available in the technology sector. Influencers that have graced its stage include Valerie Jarrett, Arif Gursel, Brandan “Bmike” Odums, Hannah Beachler, Sevetri Wilson, and Lupe Fiasco.

Black Tech NOLA has grown to be a global tech exchange, bringing resources, funding, expertise, and innovation to our local growing technology and creative economy. 

At the beginning of 2020, NOLAvate Black began partnering with Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) began working collaboratively on specific initiatives and projects that will promote an inclusive and accessible ecosystem for tech professionals and entrepreneurs of color. 


Support career advancement for entry level job seekers through professional development, mentorship and community.

Join efforts to build a sustainable talent pipeline for entry level job seekers and early career tech talent.

Partner to provide  provide training, workshops, and professional development opportunities for job seekers, entrepreneurs and professionals.


NOLAvate Black is committed to exploring solutions that will promote employability, upward mobility and entrepreneurship for people of color in the technology industry. NOLAvate Black envisions an asset and talent-filled space where everyone benefits and innovation can thrive.


Just a few of our partners.

The Future Is Now

We have a unique opportunity at this exact moment in time to create a space where we can design a sustainable technology ecosystem that lays the foundation to build generational wealth in the Black community.

Sabrina N. Short
Founder & CEO