BUILD is an ONYX project that is about supporting black entrepreneurship, but most importantly facilitating the growth of businesses that I want to one day be apart of ONYX. In full maturity ONYX will be a conglomerate of business that are guided by it's framework of being social equitable, environmental sustainable, and unapologetically BLACK. I'm looking back on where I started with BUILD and where it is now and where its heading.
This is my introduction for myself for a talk I'm facilitating today called BLANK Table Talk which is apart of the BLACK Entrepreneurship Initiative I co-founded at OCADu, the school I'm currently attending. The talk is intended to introduce the initiative to the students and the black/creatives/business/professional community to get their feedback on what they want to see from it. Check out the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/251868861923713/
Talking about an article on techcrunch about a Black founder calling racism in the VC world out and how it relates to the current issues with racism I'm running into at the early development stage of my start up.
Looking at the response people had to that founders courage and the response I had in challenging the director of an entrepreneurship hub at my school on their racism; I hope to make the case that engaging in conversation about racism and resisting against racism in entrepreneurship spaces can have positive results. I also want to make that case that our ability to overcome adversity from day one as Black people is a crucial foundation of our success story so why not be unapologetic about it.
'It’s impossible to separated being black from being an entrepreneur. It creates challenges that probably no one will write about until this century is over but as the saying goes pressure makes diamonds. Naming racism and making blackness apart of your entrepreneurship is like adding a gold seal to your legacy. Blackness is a badge that says you’re on another level 👊🏿 and when you get your break you’ll be a force ready to FUCK SHIT UP. So to the Black entrepreneur: in every entrepreneurially focused space you occupy you’ve been through 100x more shit that the guy next to you just to be there and that’s apart of the story everyone deserves to hear.'
You can read it here or on medium: https://medium.com/@kimanipeter/black-entrepreneurship-being-unapologetically-black-is-important-972a05c8083#.n5ksrwr1x