Nowadays, many Gen Z-ers like myself can be found staring at their phone screens for hours and hours on end — most of the time on social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. According to SocialMediaToday.com, “the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media every day, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime.” Crazy, huh?
While many worry about the long-term effects of social media on Gen Z, social media can be a powerful tool for getting you and your story heard.
For example, take Allie Felix.
Allie Felix is a former community associate at Work-Bench, an enterprise-focused venture fund in New York City. “We invest in category-defining companies early in their go-to-market, helping them secure customers and talent with an inspiring community of Fortune 500 executives and entrepreneurs.” On the team, Allie leads the community, content, communications, and press relations. She is now building the startup ecosystem in Tampa, FL as the second hire and Director of Partnerships and Programming at the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub, and she is doing so at a young age.
Allie graduated from Smith College in 2014 as a women’s and gender studies major. She started her career at Draper University where she managed the marketing and partnerships for its entrepreneurship program. She organized more than 100 industry events annually, managed all aspects of the marketing mix, and recruited more than 100 companies over seven demo days resulting in $9 million raised in funding. She then saw a posting for an opening at Work-Bench and joined its team in May 2017.
To young people interested in entrepreneurship, Allie has three pieces of advice.
- Have a point of view in an area that you’re interested in.
- Produce content on platforms like Medium and Twitter.
- Build your network, sometimes through cold emailing or through alumni databases.
However, these pieces of advice are not limited to current entrepreneurs. They’re important for any young person who may want to be an entrepreneur or not. By having a point of view, producing content, and building relationships thoughtfully, you can get in front of people that could make any of your dreams come true.
Allie is a young voice in the venture capital world who is making a splash. She has a vision that her industry will become a community — and through her efforts at Work-Bench, she is helping make it a reality. Take it from Allie that if you spread your voice and ideas far enough, other people will want to join in.
One element that makes Gen Z unique from other generations is our immersion in technology from a young age. So use that to your advantage, and make your voice heard!
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