“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” - Melinda Gates
I love this quote. Entrepreneur, Joanne Lang shared it with me when she and I caught up in Baltimore at the Women In Tech Summit
. Joanne and I met in 2012 when I was managing day-to-day operations of the startup accelerator Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) I had co-founded. Joanne is the founder of About One,
one place to manage all your household information securely. It was in Baltimore that I learned how WIM had inspired a great many people, including Joanne.
But more than just being inspiration WIM ignited ideas and encouraged action. Take Joanne. As we stood at the registration table on that Saturday morning in Baltimore, she described at how she had been overwhelmed with requests for support and mentor requests from less established entrepreneurs until she had the idea to fix the problem with her lack of time to help others by combining all her volunteer work into one accelerator/fund, the goal being to help many women at once instead of one at a time. WIM was inspired by amazing accelerators like YCombinator, TechStars, ERA, and DreamIT and WIM inspired Joanne to devise an accelerator framework (aptly called Colliders Accelerator) which eliminated the requirement to be there in person. The idea of Colliders Accelerator, as Joanne explained it to me, is that the accelerator will bring the education and coaching to the entrepreneurs – everything is online and there is no application process. One of my favorite piece’s of Joanne’s accelerator is that when you invest in your entrepreneurial success through Colliders - you’re not only helping yourself but you are funding other women too, because Joanne is creating a structure where all the profit goes into a fund to invest directly back into the community – WHAT! – Yes another way women will be investing in women.
Now that I have you as enthused as I am about Joanne’s project, here’s how you can help: if you are a women with an idea or have a friend with an idea please help Joanne and the Colliders team by taking this survey (click here)
. You can learn more at www.colliders.org
where you can sign up to see me (Kelly) on one of the free fireside chats where I will share my tips and tricks over a virtual wine with you.
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