Capital & Socioeconomics
Ecosystems and Coalition
Education and Mobility
Social Justice & Innovation

We create economic pathways through
black innovation

The Center for Black Innovation is a national organization with the understanding that smart cities and communities are formed by cultivating great leaders and diverse talent.

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Our Founding Sponsors
Our 2020 pillars are our VC-in-Residence program, our Black Ecosystem Builders Association, our Black Innovation Fund.

Accelerated innovation

The Center for Black Innovation drives change through providing exposure to innovation pathways, scaling black innovation ecosystems, diversifying existing innovation ecosystems with data-driven policies and research, with strategic long-term actions to solve the greatest funding challenges blocking Black prosperity.

We envision a future where lasting Black prosperity is created by Black innovation communities and equitable capital pathways that support and fund all high potential Black businesses and innovators.

After 6 years as Code Fever, we have now rebranded to The Center for Black Innovation to better relay the full scope of our work over the years and to forge our new work as a research think tank and an organization committed to dramatically shifting the way Black communities engage and create value within the innovation economy by building asset and talent filled spaces in Black communities and equitable capital pathways to rid Black communities of innovation deserts.

Upward mobility for
Black prosperity

We focus on building asset and talent rich spaces in Black communities where innovation can thrive, by drawing programming, resources, and guiding our innovators along capital pathways, through research and inclusive policies.
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Capital & Socioeconomic Mobility

Economic mobility is the ability of an individual, family or some other group to improve (or lower) their economic status—usually measured in income. Economic mobility is often measured by movement between income. Over the last 3 years of the VC in Residence program has worked in 4 states to solve for the access issue that many billiant entrepreneurs face when looking for funding opportunities to lauch, scale and grow. We are expanding this program in 2021, be on the look out for the future of the VC in Residence program announcment soon.
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Ecosystems

You cannot truely build black startup founders, tech professionals and innovative black communities without building strong ecosystems, within ecosystems that value black people, value culture as an asset and most importanly is respected within the broader tech and innovation economy. Over the past 5 years of building Miami's black tech ecosystem from the ground up, we are now sharing what we have learn with others in the form of our Black Ecosystem Builders Fellowship. Apply today by clicking on the Fellows button above.

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Education & Mobility

Since our inception as Code Fever we have been dedicated to training young people in digital literacy, intro to STEM and computer programming and how to navigate a startup ecosystem as a person of color. We are proud that over 4000 students have had a direct touchpoint with one of our programs. Through a partnership with NBCUniversal in 2017 we built a platfrom for the Grinch Movie video game that introduced over 3 million students and educators to their first lesson in computer programming. Interested in one of our STEM virtual bootcamps? Visit www.codefevermiami.com to learn more and register.
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Social Justice & Innovation Policy

Tech solutions in our communites must move faster then bullets and most right the wrongs of our justic systems. Review our reports to learn how tech and data can be used to provide solutions, and support  policy around Social Justice.

Our timeline

A brief breakdown of our journey here over the past 6 years from Code Fever to now The Center for Black Innovation.
MAR 2012
Formed the Black Tech Miami Initiative to foster diversity and inclusion in the establishing Miami startup ecosystem.
JUL 2012
Formed the Black Tech Miami Coalition with MDEAT and MDC's EEC.
JUL 2013
Established Code Fever Miami, a youth coding initiative executing the first camp in partnership with Lab Miami, MDC EEC, and Dell+Alienware.
SEP 2013
Expanded Black Girls Code to Miami by securing funding and support from MDEAT and MDC's EEC for a multi-year summer programming series.
NOV 2014
Incorporation of Code Fever Miami Inc.
FEB 2015
Convened the inaugural Blacktech Week Conference in Miami to highlight black professionals in tech.

The conference has since hosted a few thousand attendees and the worlds top tech entrepreneurs, tech professionals, VC's, educators and thought leaders have spoken on our stages.
MAR 2015
Convened the first annual Blacktech Week Meetup @ SXSW in Austin Texas
JAN 2016
Knight Foundation granted Code Fever with $1.5 million over three years to expand our work.
FEB 2016
Expanded Blacktech Week to include programming on venture capital, angel investment, and partnered with PowerMoves to execute an intensive entrepreneurship bootcamp and pitch competitions.
MAR 2016
Launched our VC-in-Residence program to foster venture capital networks with Black founders, foster local capital pathways, and drive startup capital readiness.

The first year we partnered with Marlon Nichols to be act as a resident venture capitalist, and execute the SMASHD Lab Miami event with James Alexander and Troy Carter. In subsequent years, Tech Stars, Samsung Next, and Barclays have served as partners that have helped us unlock new funding and training opportunites for black startup founders.
MAY 2017
Launched the Blacktech Weekend Tour in NYC.  Sponsored by Barclays Bank and Etsy.

Convened the first annual Black Ecosystem Builders meetup at Kauffman Foundation's Eship Summit in Kansas City.
DEC 2017
Expanded Blacktech Week to 9 cities across the US with partners, Barclays, Samsung Next, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Kauffman Foundation, KC Mayors office and the George Kaiser Family Foundation


Launched Tribe Innovation Center and Cowork, a 10,000 sqft space in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami Florida.
FEB 2020
Acquires Black Tech Mecca a Chicago based Black Entreprenurshup and ecosystem research think tank.
MAR 2020
Launch the COVID-19 Side Hustle Academy and have trained 600 people to launch a side hustle during a global health crisis and financial pandemic.

Launched the STEM at Home and the Code Fever Career Jam-COVID Edition to support students and parents with continious education support while learning virtually.
AUG 2020
Rebrand as the the Center For Black Innovation.(CFBI)
SEP 2020

Our leadership team

Browse our skilled team below
PRESIDENT

Derick Pearson

A social entrepreneur with an authentic voice for change in ridding communities of innovation deserts.
DIRECTOR

Felecia Hatcher

Felecia is a nationally recognized serial entrepreneur known for helping tech innovators amplify their money, message and movements.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Starex Smith

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience.
DIRECTOR OF 
ECOSYSTEMS

Kenasha Paul, J.D.

Is an award-winning social entrepreneur and business professional who has dedicated her life to building thriving pathways, access points, opportunities and community for black professionals.
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Center for Black Innovation
937 NW 3rd AVE.
Miami, FL 33136

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