Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
We have grown Dare to Innovate has from a Peace Corps project to a truly a global organization: born in Guinea, raised on the two coasts of the US, we have monthly tête-à-têtes via video chat that span three continents and a fourth of the world’s time zones. We have the soul of a nonprofit and the mind of a business. We seek exponential growth of good ideas and are ready to toss aside those that have minimal impact. We care about cash flow and strategic goals as much as we care about “warm fuzzies”. We view 501c3 as an incubator that can give birth to ideas that will change the world, but in doing so may also change the structure that protects them. At the end of the day, our DNA is shaped by the Peace Corps. They’ve been espousing human-centered design since before it had a name. We were brought together by fate, ambition, and John F. Kennedy himself to go out into the world and solve needs with people who strive to improve their livelihoods. Everything we do is done with, not for, our beneficiaries.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We won the PayPal Small Business Challenge in June. We have been working with a team of expert engineers and business leaders to determine and setup the organizational and technological foundation necessary for the development of a prototype and ensure long-term operations, in addition to building a demo. Our Board of Advisors, and greater network of mentors provide continuous insight, feedback, and connections that further the platform’s development. Our Board of Advisors includes successful tech entrepreneurs, innovation consultants, and leaders in international development.