Some people go on religious mission trips where they embark on this journey of service, enlightenment and culture, but startups have been my religion for the past 10 years. In 2012 I created a trip of service where I dove into startup communities to help grow, empower and unleash the potential of creative individuals all around the world by working with government leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and facilitating Startup Weekend‘s every week in a different city around the world for 6 months straight. If you are unfamiliar with what Startup Weekends are, here is a great movie that follows two real startupers at Startup Weekend Toronto and summarizes what Startup Weekends are all about:
Here were my objectives for embarking on the trip:
1. Learn. You can never stop learning. Every part of this world and every person in this world has something they can offer. I am a curious learner that is seeking out best business and cultural practices in each community I enter. My research will be documented throughout this blog.
2. Connect. Grow my network so I can help facilitate connections between the worlds most passionate, creative and intelligent startupers around the globe.
3. Design. Community design has been something I have been the most intrigued about. How can environments, systems and design help grow success for an entire community? I want to learn best practices for ecosystem development and help work with local community leaders to understand the problems they face to design better solutions that unleash an ecosystem.
4. Empower. Entrepreneurship is about giving each individual the hope that they can be whatever they want to be in this world. If I can help one person become empowered to take action on this entrepreneurial journey, I would call it a success.