Mihai: It’s a pleasure to be here, Spiffy. Everyone knows that being an entrepreneur is not just a long-term commitment to a mission and a vision but also a lonely journey. Caravanserai Project was established to turbo-charge entrepreneurs driven by a social impact mission and support them along their journeys. Making sure that they have the right support to build strong and sustainable ventures is key in their efforts to generate systemic change. Most often, these entrepreneurs focus on their mission and pay less attention to their infrastructural needs. Through our programs, these change-makers—whether they are early-stage or more advanced—have access to technical support focused on financial sustainability, strategic planning, digital tools, human resources, and leadership.
Oliver: We often hear young leaders referred to as “leaders of tomorrow.” But I don’t think they have to wait until tomorrow: young people naturally gravitate toward projects that center on diversity, impact, and purpose. Social responsibility, impact, and diversity make for a stronger, more effective enterprise. The sooner emerging leaders act on their insights, the better—and their leadership will be infused with this drive and passion as a result.
Carmen: We've recently graduated the first cohort of the We Rise program, which was a huge milestone. Twelve black-owned businesses in the state of Arizona graduated from the We Rise program better equipped to understand how to operate their businesses—a business model that they developed, along with a business plan, and access to capital.
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