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.

Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Systems, Stories, & Solutions

From 2016-2017, we sought out and identified a diverse group of passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs that are hustling to make their ventures a success. The faces you see and the voices you hear are just a handful of the many everyday entrepreneurial heroes throughout our city. Here we celebrate their successes, give a platform for sharing their challenges, and recognize their true and immense value to our community and local ecosystem. We know that these are the first of many to come in our Featured Entrepreneur Series.

Do systems of race, class, and power play a role in entrepreneurial opportunity and economic growth? What can each of us do to make a difference in our community? Let’s find the answers together that will ensure an equitable and abundant future for all.