5th Annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo - February 21, 2019


Black Arts & Innovation Expo

Release Date

Thursday, January 17, 2019


(TORONTO, ON)- There is no better way to celebrate Black History Month, then helping to build tomorrow's leaders. Excelovate and First Book Canada have teamed up with leading corporations, innovators, artists and successful community members to host the 5th Annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo (BAIE2019) on February 21st, 2019.   

This one-day event will be held at the Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower 8th Floor from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Join us to celebrate Black History Month, by recognizing the unique and creative contributions of Black Canadians.

Attendees will connect with leading tech companies for an onsite Tech Career Fair and be inspired by scholarship recipients, entrepreneurs, emerging artists and trailblazers. #BAIE2019 will emphasize opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). 

“Canada is one of the fastest growing technology markets in North America.  BAIE was launched to help people develop new skills and compete to win in the workplace of the future. I know first hand that embracing technology and innovation can transform lives and inspire meaningful change – we need more diversity at the table.” – Claudette McGowan, Founder BAIE

#BAIE2019 Event details: 

  • Five exceptional students will receive Scholarships of $5000 each

  • Vote real-time at the Lions Lair Competition (with a smartphone) for your favourite business idea and help one remarkable entrepreneur win a $10,000 Business Grant

  • Connect with industry-leading companies that are actively hiring diverse talent for STEAM roles

  • Discover 20+ unique artists and ground-breaking innovators that will exhibit their extraordinary creations

  • Experience career-boosting onsite activations like complementary resume reviews and professional headshots

  • Engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion on "Competing to Win," moderated by award-winning journalist and author, Dalton Higgins

  • Enjoy live performances, complimentary food tastings, a luxurious silent auction, flash raffles/draws and a one-of-a-kind futuristic Robotic Play Zone

  • The first 100 people will receive a unique swag bag.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 CAD; please visit EventBrite:https://bit.ly/2VPHrAJ

Visit Blackexpo.ca and Follow Us on FacebookInstagramTwitter  #BAIE2019

Short promotional videos on BAIE can be viewed HERE 


Black Arts & Innovation Expo (BAIE) was founded by Excelovate and is a proud supporter of First Book Canada. BAIE partnered with leading corporations, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, artists and innovators to promote diversity and inspire excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). BAIE defines a new way of celebrating Black History Month with focused attention on tomorrow’s legends while recognizing valuable contributions to technology, innovation, music, literature, visual arts and entrepreneurship.

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