When I first started thinking about how to inspire people about entrepreneurship via social enterprise, I was lucky enough to be at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where the Social Enterprise Alliance was headquartered. It was 2015, and that January, the Social Enterprise Alliance had named its new CEO, Jim Schorr. Jim had previously been a…

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Marcus Whitney leads ever-evolving investment and innovation firm Jumpstart Foundry. He’s one of the partners behind an effort to bring a minor league soccer team to Nashville. And he’s writing a book on entrepreneurship, part of his latest venture, The Unlikely Co., which is designed to show a broader pool of people the path to entrepreneurship. In short: He’s a busy guy.

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Happy Sunday my friend, I hope you had a great week. Last Sunday Rachel and I were fortunate to be in attendance at the Medallion ceremony for the Country Music Hall of Fame, where Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis were inducted into the Hall. I sort of felt like I had no business…

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Happy Sunday my friend, This last week was a big one, and so this week’s message is a long one. I hope you can hang in there with me. When weeks like this happen and I sit down to write my weekly message to you, I’m often surprised at the things that stand out. This…

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9/11 sneaks up on me every year. It’s not a day I look forward to, I don’t plan on doing anything particularly different on this day. But it’s impossible for many of us to not reflect on this day, certainly not me. Today, 15 years from the day the unspeakable happened, I have a different…

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At the end of this month, 16 entrepreneurs will pitch 10 business ideas to an audience of business and community leaders. If they’re successful, they might land a little bit of grant money, some free feedback or even a new mentor.

But these founders won’t look like those at your standard pitch event. Why?

They’re teenagers.

The 10 businesses pitching are the product of Oasis Venture, a teen entrepreneurship program launched earlier this year in partnership with The Unlikely Co., well-known Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney’s latest venture. The program is hosted by the Oasis Center, an organization focused on outreach to at-risk youth.

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Context: This was written in response to the June 12th act of terror in Orlando, Florida.  Hello my friend, There is no way to make sense of indiscriminate hate. There is no way to find good in the pointless destruction of lives and families at the hands of terror. We have seen it over and…

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In true startup fashion, Whitney outlined his plan for The Unlikely Company in a Medium post, and then began to move. In the post he wrote, “I had a hunch, but it was deeply troubling to confirm that getting a bachelor’s degree and joining the workforce alone provides the average American almost no hope for true economic mobility. This is a real problem.…Even if you don’t plan on being an entrepreneur, knowing how to act like one might be the only way for you to achieve economic mobility in America in the 21st century.”
Whitney has a long way to go before reaching his target of 1,000 teens, but he knows his target market needs him now more than ever, and he’s ready for the company.

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