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02/12/19 - 6PM - OPEN STAGE

Hotel RL Brooklyn Bed Stuy

OPEN STAGE | A 3 Person Panel Event | How To Raise Startup Capital As A Founder Of Color In New York City

OPEN STAGE is a monthly speaker series presented by the folks at WealthLAB, EmergeX and Hotel RL.

Every month, we host a panel of diverse entrepreneurs and give them Hotel RL’s famous Living Stage to share the tactics, habits, secrets, and tips that helped them get to where they are. Come make some friends, have fun, and learn from some of the top young entrepreneurs in the City.

The events are informal, intimate and interactive. At these events, there will be open bar from 6-8pm with free wine, champagne and beer to help get the vibe right.

We only have space for 75 people so make sure to RSVP fast!

On OPEN STAGE, we are hosting three amazing founders:

Ofo Ezeugwu: Is the Co-Founder and CEO of WhoseYourLandlord. His Company is  "The MVP of Landlord Review Sites," according to

Ofo’s is recognized as a disruptive and innovative entrepreneur by NBCUniversal and one of BET's #30Under30. Ofo’s work has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Blavity, The New York Post, and more. He’s also a professional actor and model who's walked in NYFW (4x), been featured on the Today Show (7x), and worked with ESPN (2x), Nike, and Alfani.

Sama Jashnani: DownToDash CEO who is the founder and CEO of DownToDash, a shopping app that connects people in new cities with similar interests.

Sama is a TEDx speaker whose has been featured in CNBC, Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., to name a few. Currently valued at $3.2M, Sama’s company was voted one of the Top 100 internships by CNBC.

Jasmine Shells: Five To Nine CEO who is Valued at $4 million, Five To Nine is a HR Tech platform that helps companies build culture through inclusion, diversity and events. Jasmine is a TEDx Talk speaker and has been featured in Business Insider, Vice and Black Enterprise.

During this discussion, Jasmine, Sama and Ofe are going to speak about:

-How to raise money as a founder of color

-Diversity challenges — and how to tackle them

-How to nail a VC pitch

-How to spend your seed money (and where to save!)

-How to launch a business and when you know “you’re ready to take the leap”

-Best project & team management hacks


6:00pm: Arrive

You're done with work for the day. Head over to Hotel RL in Brooklyn, grab a drink and network with like-minded folks over a brew.

6:45pm: Showtime...

Jasmine and Sama hit the stage at 7 pm. Bring your questions, notes and more. She’s spilling all the tea.

7:30pm: Hang out, mingle, meet the speakers & win a weekend getaway! 

Hang out, meet Jasmine, Sama, Ofe and the hosts. Meanwhile, Hotel RL’s own DJ Lit will be spinning hot tunes all...nite...long on The Living Stage!

OPEN STAGE is presented and sponsored by:

WealthLAB, the fastest-growing money and real estate source for Millennials

EmergeX Conferences, an events and conference series for NYC’s entrepreneurs, artists, and activists.

DownToDash, an app that connects people in the same location based on what they are down to do, whether it’s workouts, sports, movies or other activities.

Entre, a national network for entrepreneurs.

Sharebert, a social shopping app that gives shopper cheap discounts and creators, entrepreneurs an online store in five minutes or less.

Grungecake, a talent management agency that represents and works with stars like Omari Hardwick, Dwayne Johnson and many others.

StartItUp NYC, a NYC-based accelerator specializing in marketing, PR, design and video.

The venue is hosted by Hotel RL’s The Living Stage, where guests and locals gather to enjoy themselves and be inspired.

This is the season of giving and we want to give to YOU!

During this event one lucky guest will win a weekend getaway on board the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas! All you have to do is be sure to grab a raffle ticket when you sign in!