WESTPORT — Promoting diverse entrepreneurship is the topic of a Feb. 29 program hosted by StartUp Westport and the Westport 10 at the Westport Library.

The event, “Past, Present, and Future Opportunities for Diverse Entrepreneurs,” will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, at the library, 20 Jesup Road. To register for the free event, click here.

StartUp Westport is an organization of local technology entrepreneurs, and the Westport 10 is a community club for people of color.

The program “coincides with the celebration of Black History Month, and aims to spotlight the contributions and experiences of local diverse business owners,” according to an announcement from event organizers.

A panel discussion, moderated by NBC news anchor Craig Melvin, will include StartUp Westport’s Jay Norris and Kal Amin, Wesley Arbuthnott, Eric Freeman, Ilka Gregory, Craig Livingston, Adam Moore, Pamela Moss, Paige Parker, Ted Parker, Michele Peterson and Kitt Shapiro. 

The panelists will share experiences and advice from their fields of expertise, which include film/TV, music, real estate, retail, technology, food and beverage, and financial services.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network during a cocktail reception following the panel discussion.

The program will provide “an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of underrepresented business owners while offering tangible insights and resources to empower aspiring entrepreneurs,” Norris said in the publicity release for the event.