My Founders Institute Journey

[social_share style=”bar” align=”horizontal” heading_align=”inline” facebook=”1″ twitter=”1″ google_plus=”1″ linkedin=”1″ pinterest=”1″ /]I had the privilege to be a part of the first Founders Institute class in Greenville, SC.  I was also the recipient of the 1st minority scholarship in Founders Institute.  It has been a lot of hard work, however, I truly appreciate every sleepless night,  everyday I have felt overwhelmed, and having “my baby” called ugly.

There are many things I learned from Founders Institute. However, if I had to sum them up into 3 major points to future founders, they would be: collaboration is key, plan the mission and remember there is a place for dreamers.

 Collaboration is Key

 It is key is to collaborate with other founders while in the program. This is a program where if everyone leverages each other’s strengths we can all succeed. We are not here to compete with each other but to compliment each other. I truly enjoyed the first group I was in because of that. We shared and looked for resources for each other. We helped each other and gave honest critique and assessments. I have met others that I am sure that we are going to be connected throughout the rest of our journey though future collaborations.

 Plan the Mission

  Do the homework. Do the homework. Oh, did I say DO THE HOMEWORK!! I will be personally going back over the assignments to make sure my business has the framework from the assignments, because they are the road map to building solid business.   There are tips, and insights from others who have walked the path before us.

 This is a Place for Dreamers

If you think you have a big idea, the Founders Institute will help you think and dream bigger. However the directors and key mentors have challenged me to dream bigger then my original concepts. I have had other founders come along and give me other ideas that will enhance my business in the future.   This is a place where you are surrounded by those who want to create high impact, companies.

 I look forward to the future after Founders Institute as I continue to build Connect2nicu into a strong viable company.  I am excited about hope I am going to continue to grow as a founder, and who will join us along the journey.


Shante Nixon