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Past Virtual Event

Wednesday June 23, 2021

1:00PM - 2:30PM EST

Keynote Introductions by
Karl Cureton, CEBOT CEO

Building a National Digital Access Platform


Urban Rural Technology Network (URNTech)

The SMART HBCU research solution builds the broadband and IT capacity of eligible HBCU, TCU, and MSI institutions while facilitating broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to campus students and patrons at eligible institutions, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in anchor minority communities throughout the nation.

The research conducted at the SMART HBCU Research Cohort is particularly focused on the provision of subsidized broadband access and equipment to qualified low-income/in need students and communities like a utility.  The Internet as a Utility idea is a driving narrative which may mitigate key cyber and privacy risks given the evolution available between 5G and Web 3.0.

Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives

November 2019 NTIA launched the Minority Broadband Initiative (MBI) in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to work on solving broadband deployment challenges in vulnerable communities.  On December 2020 the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included the formation of the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Broadband Internet Access Services

The SMARTHBCU URNTech Program seeks to improve the use of broadband services by eligible MBEs and community-based organizations.  Delivering digital skills, digital inclusion, workforce development programs, and technology services in anchor communities.

SMARTHBCU Research Cohort

2023  HBCU Broadband Summit

Date: April 2023, Washington, DC

Bridging Digital Opportunities

Anchor Community Collaboration

2023 Event will create the SMARTHBCU Research Digital Engagement Agreement and SMARTHBCU industry governance partnership.

Grant and contract acquisition discussion to include strategies and design structure of public/private submissions.  The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT), the 501c6 trade association and URNTech research partner, is tasked to intermediate agreements to facilitate accelerated stakeholder agreements and govern an inclusive supply cahin.

Industry Intermediated
Cohort Research

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are being challenged by multiple federal agencies to collaborate on a national effort to provide greater access to opportunities, particularly as it relates to current funding.   An unprecedented level of federal funding is now available to close the digital divide in minority communities. 

Digital Opportunities for Community Learning

Digital literacy is a critical 21st century skill-set.  HBCUs are uniquely positioned to assist their neighboring anchor communities connect, create and learn through the development of sustainable program initiatives.


Cohort Initiative

Urban and Rural HBCU Anchor Institutions

U.S. Minority Tech Industry

The U.S. minority technology industry now includes over 65,000 employers with a combined annual income of +$100 Billion.  The Council Exchange Board of Trade has developed an Alliance program that coordinates the capability and scale of this fast growing industry sector.

  HBCUs from across the nation have agreed to strategically align resources in order to develop  larger grant and contract opportunities that extend their campuses, building institutional effectiveness and community resilience. 


Building Capacity with Capacity

The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) intermediates suppliers and resources with the minority technology industry. Minority Tech employers bring new talent,  and subject matter expertise that impact the bottom line.

Through agreements CEBOT connects higher education anchor institutions and community partners and stakeholders to a growing innovation ecosystem rich with trust and purpose.

Federal Procurement Equity

Industry/University Research Can Sustain Multiple Service Awards and Support & Management Capabilities To Connect Minority Communities to Digital Opportunities

How can the Minority Tech Industry support the Federal government's effort to increase small business federal procurement from 11% to 15% by 2025

Chairman's Message

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Karl CuretonCEBOT Founder & Chair

Minority Universities including HBCUs, HIs, and TCCU have been awarded federal contracts at a ratio of 123:1

$123Billion  vs  $1Billion!

Help is on the way as CEBOT engages the Minority Tech Industry with Minority Serving Colleges & Universities across the U.S.

CEBOT is currently researching M-22-03

Building a Nation of Producers

America's economy converges and grows when industry, government and community partners work together and agree to joint profitable and sustainable economic outcomes.

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HBCU CompetesWebsite

The Council Exchange Board of Trade Looking Forward Research & Development program office (CEBOT LFRD) is focusing on strengthening HBCUs through enhanced  institutional planning and development and infrastructure enhancements through private/public partnerships that include the use of technology.

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Building a New American Economy

America's Community Collaboration Platform

The ACCP Digital Collaboration Platform was created to unify our nation and build together the critical relationships and infrastructure needed to restore the health and economy of the United States.  The broader impact of this research includes new international economic development methodologies.

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There’s no greater economic engine in the world than the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. ACCP brings together industry, government, academia, service providers and community to digitally create a path towards economic mobility and self-sufficiency for targeted participants across United States.

The current version of the ACCP service offering introduces a two year longitudinal research on over 660,000 current HUD housing support recipients located in 50 Public Housing Authority (PHA) jurisdictions across the United States.  This "iMembers Portal" program is set to launch September 12, 2022. 

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