Founder, WeThrive, an entrepreneurship program for middle school children
“Each one reach one; Each one teach one” is the phrase that comes to mind with today’s feature Daquan Oliver. A New York native Oliver founded the not-for-profit organization WeThrive, which pairs middle-school from under-resourced communities and college students together to create their own businesses with seed money. The college students mentor the younger students to turn their business idea into revenue-generating endeavors with a strong focus on teaching public speaking and financial literacy. All profits made from the business after one year are then donated to a local charity.
The idea is similar to a course offered at Babson College, the number one college for entrepreneurship in the world where Oliver earned his Bachelor’s degree in Arts/Science. The college’s course in entrepreneurship offers course also pairs its students with a mentor and provides $3000 in startup funds from them to begin a company or venture. Proceeds from these business are also donated to local charities.
Oliver has been named to other prestigious lists such as Forbes’ 30 under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs, the Boston Globe’s 21 Fresh Faces, and one of the Clinton Foundation’s Black Student Leaders to Watch. Check out his letter from Bill Clinton above!