EQUITABLE & ABUNDANT
FUTURE FOR ALL
Since its inception HUSTLE Winston-Salem was and continues to be a force of positive turbulence as we challenge and shape systems, share stories as a way to expose barriers and work towards bridging the gap of entrepreneurial inequality, and provide resources to women, people of color, and those in marginalized business districts.
The emerging innovation culture of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County region is thriving. Having invested heavily with public and private capital to develop the physical infrastructure and entrepreneurial pipeline, community leadership wish to excel the creation of new businesses and jobs. The challenge our city faces is how to do this in a way that provides equitable opportunities for all citizens and enriches the totality of the city.
For this to happen, the emerging ecosystem must build inclusive thinking and strategies into its foundation. We must support entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and create a genuinely level playing field. This involves understanding, and then, addressing the barriers faced by different people groups. It is about unleashing the potential to create a more sustainable future with no entrepreneur left behind.
Everything we do is aligned with our core values: INCLUSION, equity, diversity, innovation, growth, community, and trust.
We leverage creative strategies and community partnerships to deliver HIGH-MPACT programs and support services.
To help grow the local economy by accelerating underrepresented entrepreneurs with a focus on women, people of color, and marginalized business districts.
A thriving city where all citizens have an equitable opportunity to achieve economic prosperity through entrepreneurship.
We believe that anyone with a great idea can succeed in a community with equitable access to resources, education and support.
In all our work, we are equally as committed to scaling people and community trust, as we are to businesses and bottom-lines.
ALL OF US
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM
HUSTLE Winston-Salem originally launched as a prototype of the Inclusive Entrepreneurship cluster, a part of the EmcArts Community Innovation Lab convened by the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Winston-Salem Foundation, and the Arts Council of WS/FC. At the end of the lab it was determined by cluster participants that due to the tremendous response from the community and a continuing need, the work of HUSTLE Winston-Salem should and would continue.
We believe that anyone with a great idea can succeed in a community with equitable access to resources, education and support. In all our work, we are equally as committed to scaling people and community trust. We envision a thriving city where all citizens have an equitable opportunity to achieve economic prosperity through entrepreneurship.
HUSTLE organization was created for a diverse community of entrepreneurs by a diverse entrepreneurial thought-force. Founders pictured: Magalie Yacinthe, Kellie P. Easton, C. Fay Horwitt, Daryl Shaw, J. Matthew Williams, Tonya Sheffield