I am sure you were not sure what you were getting yourself into when Julie Mikuta (I suspect) asked you to spend some time talking to me. I can say, on my end I was excited to have someone who knew more than me to learn from. I was comforted that maybe someone who looked like me could understand me in ways others could not and push me because you had been there too.
Thank you. For giving of your time. And wisdom.
I realize that the concept of an incubator / accelerator / entrepreneurial support organization is not new. What I do hope is new is that these programs actually begin to work for entrepreneurs who need it the most -- particularly people of color.
Three years in, Camelback has invested in 33 entrepreneurs that are slowly, but surely changing the face of entrepreneurship. Now we are ready to take a next step with Ecosystem. I am humbled by your support and excited that you will be sharing your expertise and example at the first Ecosystem on September 28 - 29.
Thank you for your all of your support of Camelback and Ecosystem. Please use the discount code SPEAKER for acomplimentary, all-inclusive pass to Ecosystem.
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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.