Skip to 4:35 to see when I started speaking passionately and less rehearsed. I was incredibly nervous to be on such a big stage and there were even some hiccups with my slides (luckily that was edited out).
This pitch did NOT go as planned. I ended up free styling a bit and telling a personal story about my little brother (which actually got a few laughs).
Why Creative Minds? I already had a passion for serving youth in the community and I had a new found love for entrepreneurship and design thinking, so why not combine the two, right?
I truly believed that we could shine a light on the talent that exists within our community and empower them by providing them with a tool set that would allow them to change the world. I traveled all over our city to determine whether young people even needed an opportunity like this. I interviewed entrepreneurs and small business owners all throughout Wilmington to get to the bottom of my main assumption. It was validated: none of them had ever been encouraged to be entrepreneurs from a young age. They had always had dreams and aspirations, but there was always someone telling them to be “normal.”
Just a few months after my Tech2gether pitch, I was seeing my dream become a reality. I was organizing the first ever ‘I Have a Dream’ business pitch competition during a youth empowerment conference hosted by a local nonprofit. I chronicled my story here:
The event was a huge success, and you can check out how it went here:
I couldn’t just let this be a once a year opportunity, so throughout the past year, I’ve been hosting entrepreneurial workshops wherever I was interacting with youth. One of my favorite places was a juvenile detention center where I was mentoring youth on a weekly basis. Innovation is often hidden in plain sight, and I’m on a mission to tap into the creative potential of any young person willing to take a chance.
Check out the pitch competition winners in the local news:
Our second annual event is coming up on January 10th, check back here to hear about the next success stories!