Blake Mycoskie and Jessica Jackley, collectively have made over $4 billion with their startups. How did they do it? Two words, "social entrepreneurship". Blake Mysoskie of Tom's shoes made $625 million last year. Proving that not only can he help poor kids in need of shoes in poor countries, but he can make $ money while doing it. Jessica Jackely founded Kiva.org, a 501 (c) nonprofit that makes between $11 million and $20 million dollars annually - facilitating interest free microloans for poor entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia. It's time black startups repurposed this concept of social entrepreneurship to grow the black community and defend our beliefs, values and culture.
On September 23rd, 2017, SMAART invites you to SMAART #11 Secrets 2 Social Entrepreneurship: How To Give Back, Demand Justice and Make Money $$$. At SMAART 11, you will learn how to build a revenue driven startup through social giving. We will also teach you how to design socially driven marketing campaigns for your favorite causes. Helping you tie your social mission into your startup's branding and marketing efforts. See event agenda below:
Event Agenda: 7:30pm to 9:15pm @ 2002 Wheeler
Event Agenda: SMAART #11 Sat September 23rd
1. Theme Presentation. First 25 mins will be devoted to a short presentation on "SMAART #11 Secrets 2 Social Entrepreneurship: How To Give Back, Demand Justice and Make Money $$$” by by Leigh Johnson, startup adviser for Houston Technology Center startup Incubator and Chair for the economic development committee of National Black MBA Association.
2. SMAART Pitch Session. 20 mins will be dedicated to entrepreneurs pitching new concepts and ideas to the SMAART community. Each entrepreneur will be given 2 mins to present their business concept to the group.
3. Community Dialogue / Networking. 20 min open group discussion and networking. This event's group discussion will center on the two questions; Is it worth it, to use your startup's brand and your personal brand to stand against racism and Injustice? Should non-Black businesses be held more accountable for supporting or not supporting protests against racism?