Nizer Saunders

Founder, MD, Hip-Hop Accelerator
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Nizer Saunders is the founder and  Managing Director of the HIP HOP ACCELERATOR.


Currently, Nizer is spearheading the formation of the HIP HOP ACCELERATOR. The first accelerator exclusively supporting Hip-Hop entrepreneurs and underserved startup teams with early-stage investment, mentorship, and technical training (coding) geared for technical team leaders to help grow and scale Hip-Hop creative and tech startups.

 



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Nizer launched Brooklyn Tech Week March 2017 as a platform celebrating the economic, innovative synergy of Brooklyn’s expansive tech ecosystem. Before Brooklyn Tech Week, he was the Managing Director of Harlem Tech Week, a New York City community-based conference supporting tech inclusion and investing in Black and Brown underserved startups. He lead partnership development, programming, and sponsorship acquisition. During the second quarter of 2016, Nizer formed PNG Venture. PNG provided training and resources to underserved startups seeking a path to access capital and mentorship. “We invest in underserved creative tech startups through projects that equip founders with the necessary tools to meet today’s technological demands.

In 2008, Nizer launched his second startup Harlem Talk Network. An online media portal and radio station in New York City providing news and information on business-growth, technology, education, and the arts. As the founder and CEO, he managed programming, business development, sales, and advertisement. He built the platform from the ground up utilizing HTML, Javascript, and audio encoding applications. With a modest investment and bootstrapping he pulled together a passionate team of two dozen to provide the Harlem community with information and resources impacting lives. HTR hosted over a dozen radio shows and produced live broadcasts of major events: Harlem Book Fair, Harlem Week, the Audelco Awards, and the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY.

Nizer received his education in technology at the City College University of New York, where he studied audio technology at the Sonic Art Center under Professor Paul Kozel. His focus on technology stemmed from his work as the Web Media Production Manager at the Wall Street Reporter. He produced digital audio-recorded interviews of business leaders listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. The Wall Street Reporter was at the forefront of digital aggregated audio recordings and transcripts of financial investment intelligence (pre-podcast). There he was introduced to a new practice of digitized recorded audio and encoding sound for the web in the format of MPEG, now commonly known as MP3/streaming. Before Walls Street Reporter, Nizer began his practice in audio technology interning at the Hit Factory Recording Studio and Unique Recording Studio in NYC for over two years, while simultaneously running his first startup recording studio called Rraw Sound Music in the early 90s.

 


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