Brian Rashid Unites the Americas in Global Entrepreneurship Competition
10 years ago, Brian Rashid lived and worked in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. He started a human rights project that would completely change his 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 his last night in the orphanage, every single one of these children left Brian with a token of love and appreciation. This experience opened up and changed his world, literally.
“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,” said Rashid.
He has taken his commitment to this community seriously. Rashid, half Lebanese and half Irish, calls himself a Latingo. Gringo of blood, Latin of heart. A decade after his orphanage experience, Brian is a successful entrepreneur with a completely bilingual brand. He is and international keynote speaker and the CEO of Brian Rashid Global, a modern day marketing, branding, and communications company based in New York City. In his latest venture, Rashid has launched “Brian Rashid Global: Uniting the Americas” in an effort to connect entrepreneurship from North and Latin America. In this entrepreneurship competition, Rashid will be funding two, all expense paid trips to the Silicon Valley of California for the finalists. He is also awarding a seed fund of $10,000 USD to be split between the winners. He will also personally mentor the finalists for 10 weeks after the competition concludes.
But for Rashid, 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 launched February 1, and remains open until April 15. 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. Rashid is documenting the entire process in his Vlog, Facebook, and Instagram page, Brian Rashid Global.
“I am going to over-deliver for every person that applies. I am giving every person a free video course about creating or elevating their personal brand. I am going to conduct weekly video calls where anyone can ask specific questions about their business, product, or idea. I will also offer surprise giveaways like creating free feature videos for inspiring entrepreneurs, one on one FaceTime consultations, and meetings with my network.”
Rashid’s goal with this is simple. There are innumerable amounts of amazing stories, products, ideas, and good happening in Latin America. He wants to not only connect this talent with his contacts in the United States, but provide additional support and resources to the Latino entrepreneurship ecosystem to keep doing great work. His first stop is Medellin, Colombia where he is collaborating with Jared Couch, Director of Medellin EN 3 for the launch. He then plans to visit other countries to work with universities, companies, governments, and influencers throughout Latin America to make sure the entire world knows about this opportunity.
“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