Yesterday, we were present as #Unleash2017 launched in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. Black Clergy, Congregations, Organizers and Businesses unveiled an ambitious initiative to create 1,000 businesses in cities across the country hit hardest by urban gun violence. This is a big f’n deal. Even King Louie, a popular rapper in Chicago, who was shot seven times and a year ago unlikely to attend an event like this, was present and in good spirits. “I want to be a voice for the youth and let them know that they don’t have to be negative,” says the Chicago rapper that has just recently penned a song on Drake’s upcoming album. Click here to watch the press conference.
Throughout the day a series of panels took place with topics ranging from finance to potential. Local leaders were able to meet with and inspire other leaders and people who were seeking leadership roles but didn’t know the first step. “We’re trying to foster entrepreneurship because there’s a lot of creativity in our community. There’s a lot of individuals with amazing ideas, amazing talents. But nobody is giving them the resources,” said Robert Johnson, Solomon Group. This is apart of a two day event that continues today and ends with a pitch competition that could have one person $7500 richer by the end of the night. Again, this is the start of 1,000 businesses being birthed.
Chicago is the first of a 10 city tour that could expand even more if you make enough noise. Next city is Detroit in June. Could you use a boost like this in your city? The Pico Network and the Solomon Group has got you covered. Visit www.unleash2017.com for more information on how you can contribute or inquire about bringing this experience to your city.