Dear Alyssa and Freddy -
VFA, as we can all admit, was/is a crazy whirlwind of an experience. From all of it, I am most grateful for two things: 1) enabling me to find my current role with Camelback Ventures where I have freedom to pursue my growth as a creative and communications professional, and 2) introducing me to driven, interesting, passionate people.
I am excited to share an opportunity that allows me to combine my work with Camelback and you (i.e. #1 and #2 -- see what I did there?). No pressure at all to attend this event; even just being able to share it with you makes me hyped.
As you’re putting the final details on your plans for the fall, I wanted to reach out to formally invite you to a 1.5 day summit of national influencers, entrepreneurs and investors committed to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem where genius (regardless of race and gender) can find access to the financial and social capital needed for success.
Camelback has first taken this on through our Fellowship program where we have supported over 30 entrepreneurs across three investment cohorts. Those cohorts have gone on to raise over $15M in follow-on funding and are slowly changing the face of entrepreneurship.
The next step is to build a powerful community of people that are networked together that can support our most promising untapped entrepreneurs who are too often are people of color and women. That is what we seek to achieve at Ecosystem, an inaugural convening to be held September 28 - 29 in the Bay Area.
I know you have a lot on your plate already. I also know that having you in the room would be a great source of energy for the movement that we are building through Ecosystem. I'm excited to share a 10% discount to passes to Ecosystem - use the code CBV10. Hope to see you there.
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BE RUTHLESS FOR GOOD
As we know, genius is equally distributed, but access is not. Ecosystem seeks to ensure that untapped communities — especially communities of color — do not just consume the future, but that we invest in our untapped entrepreneurs who are creating it. To create this vision, Ecosystem is a project powered by Camelback Ventures to build the community of people that can bring together their time, talent and treasure to invest in each other.
The theme of the Ecosystem is built around Camelback's mantra and manifesto: the idea of using the intense ruthlessness we see throughout the world, often for destructive personal gain, and utilize that same fearlessness and unapologetic passion to advance a cause bigger than ourselves.