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Where Future Meets Function

FutureLAND is an annual multi-day conference celebrating the diversity in tech, arts, and culture in Northeast Ohio.

As an emerging tech hub, it’s essential for us to highlight the Afro-American, BIPOC, Latinx and Hispanic founders, thought leaders, and creatives in our own backyard.

Join us Thursday October 27th and Friday October 28th for a variety of panels and fireside chats with industry leaders, workshops designed to help your business thrive, networking opportunities for creatives, investors, and ecosystem leaders, two pitch competitions where Cleveland-based founders will compete for $100k, and an immersive art show and homecoming concert featuring your favorite Cleveland artists.

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For the future, for the culture, for the Land.

FutureLAND is more than a conference, it’s a movement driven by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. We believe Cleveland can be a leading destination for founders of color looking to build their startups in an environment where they can thrive. Our mission is to transform Cleveland’s innovation and tech ecosystem to be more inclusive and supportive of diverse founders. Together, we’re building Cleveland’s future.


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Dozens of events will take place at several of Cleveland's premier destinations.

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More events will be announced in the coming weeks. Pre-Register to stay in the loop.

Cleveland’s Very Own: A Fireside Chat with Rich Paul and Mayor Justin Bibb

Cleveland native and founder of Klutch Sports Group will be sharing his journey through sports, business, wealth building, and investing.

Keynote Luncheon: Lighting the Way with Dawn Dickson

Dawn Dickson, serial entrepreneur, inventor, author, and lightworker is an entrepreneurial trailblazer with an inspiring message for founders and innovators pursuing their passion. Listen as Dawn shares the ups and downs of her journey, how she created her own path to success, and how she is illuminating the way for others.

Education Programming

Learn from industry experts, corporate leaders, and emerging founders during FutureLAND’s education experience. Tune into 30+ sessions ranging from panel discussions, ted talks, fireside chats, workshops, keynote speakers, and a startup demo hall. Each day highlights different conversations from local and national experts from diverse backgrounds. Our speaker lineup will be dropping gems, come prepared to collect these jewels of knowledge!

Homecoming Concert + Vendor Marketplace

Celebrate the finale of FutureLAND at the Homecoming Concert featuring your favorite Cleveland-born music artists giving mic-dropping performances. This event also features your favorite local brands and makers in a pop-up style market. We’re doing this for the future, for the culture, and for the Land.

Pitch Cypher

Plug into Cleveland’s startup scene at Pitch Cypher, an innovative pitch series focused on people, mindset, and culture. Get to know emerging tech founders and connect with Cleveland’s movers, shakers and creative change-makers. This finale showcases five local tech founders that placed first in previous Pitch Cyphers throughout this year. These finalists will be competing for a chance to win a $25K grant and other perks and services to propel their business forward.

Jumpstart Led Founders Unfiltered

Jeff Ponders II has built a career infusing creative strategy, and infectious energy across many industries. A published author, jazz musician, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and early-stage startup advisor, Jeff helps entrepreneurs and organizations unlock peak performance through jazz-inspired innovation and creativity. Jeff launched The Better Company to help ambitious brands understand their customers, establish their unique place in the market, and develop profitable business models and creative products. Today, he pulls from his diverse experiences to support early-stage startups as a venture capital investor with Invest Detroit Ventures. Jeff resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and children. This special edition of Founders Unfiltered is presented as part of FutureLAND, a multi-day conference celebrating diversity in tech, arts and culture in Cleveland.

FutureLAND Demonstration Hall

Check out Cleveland’s top innovators in FutureLAND’s Demo Hall where you’ll learn about cutting edge technologies developed in our own backyard. Connect with 20 + cleveland-based startups showcasing their products. Take part in hands-on engagement, hear directly from founders during rapid pitches, and network with like minded founders and executives.

eCommerce Asset Investing

Join industry-leading Amazon experts as they discuss the emerging ecosystems of eCommerce digital assets, and portfolio diversification into the eCommerce space.

Gamer Haven + Small Panel

GamerHaven Arena is the games culture experience at FutureLAND combining video game technology, industry, and community activities! From discussions, to gaming competitions, to live streaming and more, GH Arena supercharges FutureLAND with everything that makes games integral to the future of our community. GamerHaven is an organization dedicated to the development of games culture: games, how they are made, and how we interact with them is an essential factor in modern life and as such deserves study and awareness.

A.Rt Show + A.Rt Panel

Mix and mingle over art, culture, and innovation at FutureLAND’s Augmented Reality Art Show (A.Rt for short). This experience features five prominent and up and coming visual artists pushing the envelope of innovation. Join us as we explore art in many forms integrating augmented related for a unique immersive experience. This event will also host an artist panel highlighting how prominent Cleveland-born artists are breaking down barriers in their respective industries. Music selections are brought to you by DJ Larichess. This AR experience is powered by Montre Augmentaverse, we recommend downloading the Montre App to get the full experience at this event.

President's Council Pitch Competition

The Presidents’ Council business pitch competition is designed to address the challenges of Black-owned businesses, positioning them for growth and sustainability. With an eye to providing a continuum of support, in addition to the cash awards, participants will have access to pre-and-post-pitch services. Black-owned businesses that have been active for 3+ years and in the following industries: construction, aerospace, commercial and residential development, tech, cannabis, and manufacturing, are invited to apply. The top 5 Black-owned business applicants will be paired with a business leader in specific areas of expertise. After a full month of expert consultation, the ideas are presented to a select panel. The applicants will have the opportunity to win a cash prize ranging from $1,500 to $25,000. This pitch competition is being sponsored by Harvard Business School and Erie Bank.

Web3VIP After Party

Kick it with Cleveland’s finest at the official Web3 After Party experience. Word on the street is this party comes with free NFTs. You won’t want to miss this.

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This 27-29 of October we will be gathering in the East Bank of the Flats

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