New Awards Spotlights Black Tech Industry Titans: Nominations Open

Gaby M. Rojas

Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) has opened nominations for its inaugural tech industry awards ceremony, Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO. The awards ceremony, set to take place on June 21, 2023, aims to celebrate the contributions of leading Black professionals and Black-led organizations in North America who are making a tangible difference in the tech industry. The initiative is unique in terms of the concept because it directs an important spotlight on the body of work of a cohort of influential and innovative Black professionals, a racialized community group seldom heard or even celebrated within the tech industry.

 The nominations for the categories below must be submitted via the Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO website, no later than Friday, January 20, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. However, all the award winners will be officially announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, during Black History Month.

The awards ceremony will honor Black professionals and Black-led organizations making a tangible difference in the following ten categories:

  • Black Tech Executive of the Year
  • Black Employee Resource Group of the Year
  • Black Marketer of the Year
  • Black Venture Capital Firm of the Year
  • Black Breakout Professional of the Year – Sales Division
  • Black Breakout Professional of the Year – Technology Division
  • Black Product Innovator of the Year
  • Black Designer of the Year
  • BMO Black Tech Community Builder of the Year
  • BMO Black Entrepreneur of the Year, Technology Industry

“Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO, is a game-changing initiative. Get ready to be inspired and amazed by all the exceptional achievements within North America’s Black tech ecosystem. We know that Black professionals and Black-led organizations are crushing it both in the workforce and business. Now we’re providing them with a platform to cement their legacies in history and reaffirm what we’ve always known; Black professionals are an innovation powerhouse in the tech industry to be reckoned with!” announces Lekan Olawoye, CEO and founder of BPTN.

“We are honored to partner with BPTN to recognize Black professionals in technology. The best teams are diverse teams, and BMO is committed to celebrating top talent and their achievements in the industry. These awards are the first of their kind. We’re thrilled to raise the bar for future generations,” adds Bojan Pavlovic, CIOO North American Personal & Business Banking and Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group.

For more information about the nomination criteria, table bookings, sponsorship and any other event details, please visit




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