Today, we officially introduce #entrepreneuriALL—a celebration of the voices that are already woven into the fabric of our ecosystem but may not have always been told. While we have been committed to bringing a variety of stories and first-person accounts since our launch in February, we want to reaffirm our commitment to having an honest, open conversation about the ongoing challenges related to diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship in the South, and also continue to ask ourselves, what does it really mean to embrace diversity and inclusion?
In learning more about how to build a business, an emphasis is placed on a key point of getting user feedback. Ultimately, the product is not about you; it’s about the user. And in collecting feedback from others, we are able to make important pivots and changes that take us to a better product, a business model, a company.
While we likely know this process is a best practice, do we take such steps in order to create a better entrepreneurial ecosystem? Or have we found ourselves assuming that we simply know enough or better than others? In making such assumptions, we deny our community the true strength that comes from acknowledging and understanding the voices that make it vibrant.
In a sense, we see #entrepreneuriALL like a crowdsourcing of stories from people and organizations that move the dialogue and progress forward. We are the expert to our own story, and no one else’s. We need you as the expert of your journey to help guide this #entrepreneuriALL movement.
Please help us in building #entrepreneuriALL by catching us on our social media channels or at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with us so that we can learn from your voice.