The Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) network is expanding, and it involves a familiar face to the Minnesota scene. This week, the platform and conference for black women in the tech and entrepreneur space announced the acquisition of Black Female Founders (#BFF), the DEI-focused platform designed to, “increase exposure of black female founders and their ventures” founded by CEO Erin Horne McKinney.

“Black women have been innovators and trailblazers throughout history,” Horne McKinney said in a release (via AfroTech). We predict that we are on the verge of seeing a significant rise in successful Black female founders in tech, and being acquired by Black Women Talk Tech provides our community with the additional resources and access needed by our entrepreneurs to build billion-dollar companies.”

As part of the acquisition, #BFF members can receive a free membership to the BWTT platform alongside a complimentary six-month membership. BWTT will incorporate some of #BFF’s curriculum for the Black Students Talk Tech program, an initiative focused on Historically Black College & University entrepreneurs.

Black Women Talk Tech was officially co-founded by Esosa Ighodaro and Regina Gwynn in 2017 with the organization’s “Roadmap to Billions” event and has since grown to a network featuring more than 1,000 Black women founders and a wide range of entrepreneurial content. Horne McKinney launched Black Women Founders in 2015 and expanded with a 10-week pre-accelerator program in 2017.

Horne McKinney was recently featured on The tech.mn Podcast. Don’t miss the episode below.