In 2017, I was accepted into a business education program called The Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship, better known as The IHHE.
Orchestrated by Little Giant Creative, the 9-month program uses the ethos of Hip Hop to connect nontraditional, ambitious young entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and contacts needed to take their ideas from concept to reality.
Promising Philadelphians between the ages of 18 and 32 participated in a course designed and taught by renowned creative professionals, businesspeople, technologists, and musicians. Each weekend-long session would focus on a new aspect of building a business, from business proposals and marketing plans, to staffing and finding funding. Throughout the duration of the institute, students engaged in group work, team projects, and competed in team-friendly competitions. The goal of which was to prepare them to pitch their businesses to investors in the final session to make their venture a reality.
For me, this is the type of social engineering and community building that is needed within the city of Philadelphia. Real Life, relatable people sharing skills and stories of success to those with the potential to fill those shoes in the coming generation. I credit this experience for helping me to develop structure, set goals, and articulate my passion.
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