Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have not started a business before and although I know that this is a huge risk, I feel as if the entrepreneurial spirit is in my blood. I am the managing director of both a non-profit (a visual arts NGO) and a for profit company (a digital media agency). I have run the NGO for the past 5 years it has taught me many lessons around frugality, inventiveness in the face of difficulties and ingenuity. I have been running the digital agency for almost a year. This experience has taught me about customers, delivering high quality products and managing cash flow. Between these two experiences I feel that I am primed to take the leap into being a business owner myself.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
I have a mentor in my Professor from Northwestern University, Mr Verinder Syal. He has recently published a book titled “Discover the entrepreneur within” (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks...)
I also have a network of colleagues and friends who support each other in our business endeavors. This is an informal group but we are in regular communication and deal with a multitude of business related issues.
I am very lucky and grateful that my family is very supportive of my dream to own my own business.