Speaker Profiles

DIVINE

DIVINE

CEO & Founder

BLAK Fintech

Divine is a disruptor in every sense of the word with his relentless ambition, determination, grind and hustle. A former substantial drug dealer, and Hip-Hop/Rap recording artist turned "techpreneur", he first appeared on the tech community radar in 2014 when he reached out to billionaire and famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist (VC) Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of top-tier VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), on social media via Twitter, and the two eventually became friends.

With only an 8th grade formal education and no tech background, a year later, Divine would officially enter tech when he founded his first financial services and technology startup, BLAK Fintech (BLAK). BLAK is an acronym that stands for Building Leverage Acquiring Knowledge. BLAK builds affordable tech-driven personal financial and banking products with a focus on the financially excluded and disadvantaged Unbanked and Underbanked. Some of BLAK’s strategic partners include fintech startups MoCaFi and DisputeDoc. Divine’s extraordinary story of meeting Ben and entrepreneurial journey that followed, has been featured via such media outlets as Tech Crunch, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Inc., The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View, Breaking Banks with Brett King and American Banker.

Divine has been featured at numerous events focused on diversity and inclusion in tech. This year, he was selected as a keynote speaker by Georgia State University's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute's Russell Center, for their inaugural Influential Speaker Series, the annual France Fintech: Revolution event held in Paris, and as a Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) community partner, addressed the Columbia Sustainable Finance Professionals Network (CSFPN) members as part of their Power Breakfast Series.

Being a formerly incarcerated individual with a decade of incarceration, Divine is now an advocate against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform, and a brand ambassador for The Last Mile organization. As an inspirational speaker, Divine now utilizes his life story and journey of redemption to inspire others worldwide.

Divine is currently writing a book and recently had a screenplay completed on his life for a feature film. He was recently cast in the Ben Stiller directed and executive produced Showtime miniseries prison escape drama, Escape At Dannemora, based on the real life 2015 prison escape from Clinton Correctional Facility upstate New York.

Divine is a Contributor to Black Enterprise (BE), and is set to appear at this year's BE TechConneXt Summit on a panel with criminal justice reform advocate and New York Times best-selling author of Writing My Wrongs, Shaka Senghor and others.

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