Clark Atlanta University serves as the Lead Educational Agency and fiscal Agent for a Grant Awarded by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.  The purpose of the Grant is to implement a pilot project, STEM Entrepreneurship Initiative that will foster innovation and more collaboration in STEM technology base programs and opportunities at three Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) campuses (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College). The goal of the program is to work strategically with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc (a nonprofit serving all AUCC campuses through strategic planning, program development and implementation) office to build a more robust STEM Entrepreneurship curriculum with tools and opportunities that increase student interest, and access greater participation in an innovation economy, specifically in the field where blacks are under-represented

including financial services, technology companies, and financial technology (fintech). 

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 On April 1st - 6th, 2019 in support of the National Financial Literacy Month, and observation of the Federal Reserve Bank National Money Smart Week, Clark Atlanta University presents the Third Annual AUC Financial Literacy, Innovation, and Technology Conference. Empowered by SPARKHOUSE, a CAU/AUC Stem Entrepreneurial initiative (grant funded by the US Minority Business Development Agency), we seek to increase student interest, faculty support, and participation in the innovation economy, specifically financial services,

technology companies and financial technology (Fintech). 

This event will be a pinnacle time for our communities, Atlanta University Center and Historically Black Colleges and Universities as we collectively empower the evolution of financial wealth, entrepreneurship, consumer knowledge and innovation with the advancing

industries of Financial Services, Technology and Fintech. The opportunities and partnerships will be unprecedented especially since we are highly underrepresented in the Fintech industry. These events are free of charge, and filled with opportunities for your involvement! 

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LaKesha Landers

Director of Financial Literacy


Jacqueline Williams

Program Manager

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Bruce Berger

 PI-Project Director


Anthony Otey

Program Manager

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Jennifer Andrews

CAU-AUC Fintech Consultant


Monday, April 1, 2019

Money Fin Tech Monday Block Party

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Greens Ferry Street and Clark Atlanta University promenade 

An introductory day to the week of events celebrating the

community and Atlanta University Center schools coming together to raise financial awareness and the new age of influences from innovators, technology,

science, entrepreneurship and more.


Partner: Fifth Third Bank debuting new Fintech “DOBOT” 

Exhibitors: Financial Services, Business Services, Fintech 

Food vendors: The Carnival Truck 

Live Music by: DJ POPO 

Added Attractions: Games, Money Machine, Live Demonstrations, and more… 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Fin Tech Tuesday

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Robert Woodruff Library

3rd Floor Exhibition Hall

Greetings and Welcome

10:00 – 10:05 a.m. 

Interim President Lucille Mauge 

A Financial Address “Delivering the Memo?”10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Chairman John Hope Bryant, Founder of Operation Hope gives his perspective on the true power that come with economic independence and illuminates the path toward liberation that is hiding in plain sight.  He will touch on how getting "The Memo"  will evolve a community by uplifting the invisible class through education, financial literacy,

innovation and technology. 

The Synergy Room a modern day Fireside Chat 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

A moderated session of candid one-on-one discussions held with elites from various backgrounds, and industries who heavily influence education, innovation,

financial services, financial technology, and technology. 

Synergy Room Guest 

 Sheena Allen, Founders, CEO & App Developer (Cap Way) 

 Joanne Gaskin, VP of Scores and Analytics, FICO 

 Scott Meyerhoff, Board Chair, CFO, Fintech Atlanta 

 John Inhouse, MLWM Market Executive, Merrill Lynch 

Topic: A New Look for our Society. 

Influencers from various backgrounds and industries touch on the vast growing financial technology industry giving perspective on how evolving a community by infusing our respective consumer through education, financial literacy, innovation and

technology will help sustain an economy. 

Company Exhibits 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

3rd Floor Exhibition lobby

Exhibiting stations to view and hear about the exciting, new and upcoming

technologies, applications, and services offered by various companies



12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wells Fargo Conf. Rm 303

The 4 W's with Credit and Debt

T.P. Twyman Conf. Rm 302

Marketing and Monetizing

North Western Mutual Conf. Rm 301

Closing Financial Wealth GAP

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Regions Conf. Rm 303 

The Entrepreneur Retirement Plan 

Techs of Color Conf. Rm 302 

Anatomy of Development Shop


Tech Village of Atlanta Conf. Rm 301 

Digital Branding/Marketing 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 

Fin Tech Virtual Madness Wednesday 

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Location: Robert Woodruff Library

3rd Floor Exhibition Hall



12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

A series of presentations given during a 10 – 15 minute live simulation on new and upcoming technology, financial technology, and innovative ideas. 



Intuitive Innovations, Shaw King, Regional Sales Director, Comcast 

Cap Way, Sheena Allen, Founder, CEO and App developer 

Virtual Wallet, Kia McEwen

Melanin.Tech, Makayla Donigan, Co-Founder 

Surthrive, Justin Mcleoud, Founder 

SpokeHub, Richard Berryman, Founder 

Opportunity Round-UP 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to stop and speak one on one with professionals in desired industries such as; Technology, FinTech, Financial Services, and STEM entrepreneurial for possible internships, employment, programs and more. 

Company Exhibits

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Exhibiting stations to view and hear about the exciting, new and upcoming technologies,

applications, and services offered by various companies. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

 Lunch and Learn with Chris Jones 

Chris Jones, CMO, Dragonchain & Co-founder of Block Chain Seattle Conferences 

“Deep Diving in BLOCKCHAIN” 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Wright Young Hall Room 130 

Hack-A-Thon Lock-in


(an overnight event)

4:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Clark Atlanta Gynasium 

Hosted By: M. Cole, CEO, Ovamba 


Hosted By: M. Cole, CEO, RISE Ventures 

(Day 1) Hack Teams & Coaches Assembled 

(Day 2) Hack Teams Showcase/Judges reveal/Winner Announced 

Our judges: Judge #1 Chris Jones, Dragonchain

Judge #2 Jerica Richardson, Equifax 

Winners get a trip to Silicon Valley, CA during summer to visit key Fin Tech incubators 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Wolf's Den $5,000 Entrepreneur’s Pitch Competition

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Robert Woodruff Library 

Partner/Host: Young Black Entrepreneur Magazine

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Students from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College,

will have an opportunity to pitch for $5,000 in cash and prizes. 

Prize details: $1000 in cash, a $3000 branding package (logo, photo shoot,

business website, business stationary), and $1000 worth of

business coaching from our judges.

For more information please contact 

LaKesha Landers, Director 

Clark Atlanta University 

Office of Financial Literacy 


Office: 404-880-8069

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Our Guest Speakers

TaShan Parks Twyman
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Sheena Allen
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Sylvia Jones
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Juilan Pouncey
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John Hope Bryant
Scott Meyerhoff
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Marcellus Haynes
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Justin Mcleod
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John J. Inhouse, III
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Kia McEwen
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Joanne Gaskin
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Makayla Donigan
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Richard Berryman

Nailah Heard


Alicia Brundidge


Connor Mitchell



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Sparkhouse Discussion 3/22/20-19

Spelman College-Giles Hall Room 321 10:00 am to 10:50 am

Presenter: Barbara Jones, Founder/CEO Lillii RNB

(Let’s Imagine Life with Ladies in IT)


Dr. Danielle Dickens, Assoc. Professor of Psychology at Spelman College allowed Barbara Jones to present to her class of students 13 students attended from a class of 20) and attendees from CAU as part of a panel of four STEM-focused business owners.


Topics included: How to use an undergrad degree in STEM workforce;


How to own being only African American in office and corporate settings;


How to understand the career process and journey

and how your interest may change every 5-10 years;


Women in the Workplace; Creating a demand for your business

and challenges to owning your business; 

A “Q and A” period was allowed as each presenter discussed different aspects of their business journey with the students.


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