April 19, 2018

Startup Spotlight: KweliTV joins Collision Conference

The fastest growing tech conference in the nation, Collision, is set to take place April 30-May 3, 2018. From the team behind Web Summit, this New Orleans based conference features CEO’s of fast-growing startups and representatives from large companies. Almost 20,000 attendees from 119 countries will be present.

Among the attendees is the coalition NOVA in NOLA, comprised of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) and Arlington Economic Development (AED) in support of Northern Virginia startups. Startups chosen by NOVA in NOLA will be featured each week leading up to the conference.

One of the startups from NOVA in NOLA, kweliTV, is an interactive streaming platform that shares the African Diaspora experience through undiscovered documentaries, films, web shows, and children’s programming, news, and more.

“Attending the workshops and “mentor hours” could give [kweliTV] lessons and insight I’ve never considered to grow and scale kweliTV.”
DeShuna Spencer, Founder of KweliTV

Last year, kweliTV participated in the Humble.vc conference in Alexandria, Virginia. Spencer found this beneficial in helping grow the business and expressed excitement in the opportunity to attend Collision this year. Kweli, translating from ‘truth’ in Swahili, represents their mission “to curate content that is a true reflection of the black experience” Spencer explained, “98% of our films have been official selections at film festivals and more than 65% are award-winning.

Startup companies joining NOVA in NOLA were evaluated based on their current status, future needs, and potential impact on the region. Both Alexandria and Arlington are known for being at the forefront of the regionalism mindset and collaboration within the D.C. area.