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Lupe Fiasco Seeks To Transform Communities, Starts Non-Profit - The SamplerThe Sampler

Lupe Fiasco Seeks To Transform Communities, Starts Non-Profit

20 October 2015,   By ,   0 Comments

Coming straight out of left field, cult-classic wordsmith turned political pop-star Lupe Fiasco emerges back into the spotlight, but not for the usual music-related hype. No, this time it’s something much more impactful.

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Lupe has partnered with the social-navigation app Waze‘s Di-Ann Eisnor to start a new non-profit organization called Neighborhood Start Fund.  The goal is simple, but the impact will be tremendous. Lupe and Di-Ann will use the organization to bring entrepreneurship to underserved communities taking it one community at a time.  They begin the journey in Brownsville, Brooklyn holding pitch competitions and offering money and mentorship to the most viable ideas.  For all of our Brownsville readers, idea submissions end at midnight on October 30th!! After that, Neighborhood Start Fund will even give the idea submitters pitch training with coaches and mentors before the live pitch event with Di-Ann and Lupe… WHAT! Bring this to Los Angeles already!!!

The initial mission will be to help these young people start their businesses with $5,000 grants and heavy coaching.  In a stroke of genius by the creators, there will also be an added feature to the Neighborhood Start Fund.  Once the startups are earning revenue, a portion of the proceeds from every start-up that sprouts up out of these communities will be reinvested into the next round of start-ups from the same community, creating a positive philanthropic feedback loop that will literally transform the communities in the process.

To me, this is absolutely brilliant and something we can get behind. Most underserved communities are full of natural entrepreneurs anyway, taking whatever they have at their fingertips and flipping it for profit.   Some products legal, some products illegal, but nevertheless the entrepreneurial spirit is more evident in impoverished communities than anywhere else because they simply do not have enough assisted opportunity in the form of paved routes to success. In my opinion, Lupe and Di-Ann are not only compassionate to want to bring new legitimate opportunities to these communities, but smart in a business sense as well and I can’t wait to see what happens.  Keep checking back with The Sampler to see how it unfolds with the Neighborhood Start Fund and spread the word about this awesome cause by sharing this article below!!!

 

For now, I’ll leave you with this:

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