Brian Rashid Global Uniting the Americas Launches in Medellin, Colombia
She was six years old and tied to her bed for 10 hours a day. Her mother was in the street selling herself for sex. One day, her mother never came home, and the child stayed tied to the bed. A few days later, this child was ultimately rescued and taken to an orphanage called Orfanato Ninos De Cristo in the Dominican Republic. I met her there. I heard her story, and the stories of the other 125 girls who had experienced similar traumatic life events. Unknown to me at the time, these 125 children would shape my professional journey and success.
10 years ago, I started a human rights project that would completely change my life, both personally and professionally. After months of living with 125 children, all of whom had the most atrocious stories you could imagine, he was given a gift. Actually, he was given 125 gifts. On my last night in the orphanage, every single one of these children left me with a token of love and appreciation.
I cried myself to sleep that night, and promised myself I’d spend the rest of my life doing all I could to serve Latino communities. It was certainly one of my top moments of impact, and I’ll never forget it.
10 years later, I am proud of the company I have built, Brian Rashid Global. I am proud that is lean and agile. I am proud that we have incredibly loyal followers. I am proud we are creative and bilingual. And I really proud of our latest division, Brian Rashid Global Uniting the Americas, in an effort to connect entrepreneurship from North and Latin America.
In this entrepreneurship competition, I will be funding two, all expense paid trips to the Silicon Valley of California for the finalists. I am also awarding a seed fund of $10,000 USD to be split between the winners, and will also personally mentor the finalists for 10 weeks after the competition concludes.
But for me, this competition represents something much larger than a free trip to the United States and seed funding.
I have seen the power of opportunity, human connection, and shared resources. I firmly believe we are all one meeting or encounter away from changing our entire lives, both personally and professionally. I have worked hard to build relationships with investors and executives from some of the most influential brands in the world, and I want to share those contacts with Latino entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their communities, cities, and countries. I see it as the entreneurship olympics where countries will be energized to show off the great work they do day in and day out.
The competition is now live and open. The trip to the Silicon Valley will be in summer of 2018. You must be a Latino entrepreneur living in Latin America, and at least 18 years old to participate. The competition welcomes applications from all sectors, including technology, social impact, tourism, health, environment, fashion, and more. It encourages applicants who either have an idea they want to develop, or those with already established businesses to participate. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, applications are only $25 per person.
I am documenting the entire process in my Youtube Vlog, Facebook, and Instagram page, Brian Rashid Global.
I have no interest in coming to Latin America and telling their entrepreneurs how they should be doing things. They know the needs of their community way more than I do. I just want to help them make an even greater impact by putting them in a position where they can win. They can define what that looks like. I just want to be the bridge, tell the stories, and be a part of the global innovation that is fully upon us. I think working together in ways we’ve never seen before, we have a real shot at changing the world, and at the very least, Uniting the Americas.
Applications are now open at http://brianrashid.com/participa