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Ashima Sharma: Breaking Down Social Barriers to Mentorship Accessibility

Ashima Sharma: Breaking Down Social Barriers to Mentorship Accessibility
Ashima: Glad to be here, Spiffy! Mentorship is a powerful tool: mentors can support, guide, and encourage you in your education and dreams. However, mentorship is not something everyone has access to today. It can be hard to know who to go to, how to find a mentor, and how to ask them to help you. So that is why we started Dreami. We want to make sure everyone has the power of a mentor to support them in their dreams and goals. Dreami believes that together, we are limitless.

Graciela Moran: Supporting Historically Underserved Entrepreneurs and Communities

Graciela Moran: Supporting Historically Underserved Entrepreneurs and Communities
Graciela: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Caravanserai Projects work is all about uplifting underserved communities and supporting the entrepreneurs that have historically been left behind. We uplift mission-driven entrepreneurs to not only follow their dreams but create a source of revenue, rather than being in survival mode. We do that with our Pre-Accelerator in partnership with the University of California Riverside - Extension that takes their startup or idea to the next level. We offer technical assistance through free webinars, a digital journey providing digital support, circles which is a supporting environment where mission-driven leaders have the opportunity to share ideas, consult with peers, and connect with experts with a leadership or DEI focus, and much more!

Jonathan Chang: Funding the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Dreams

Jonathan Chang: Funding the Next Generation of Entrepreneurial Dreams
Jonathan: It’s great to be here, Spiffy, thanks for having me! I’m a venture capitalist (VC) at DayDream Ventures, investing in pre-seed and seed founders that are GenZ or building in GenZ spaces. My mission is really to fund the next generation of great entrepreneurs and give them the funding to help them achieve their dreams. There aren't many Gen Z VCs out there and my goal as a GenZ is to inspire the next group of investors as well to change VC for the better to become more diverse.