As a rising Junior, I knew that I wanted to try building a company from nothing, at least once in my life. However, trying to pursue something like this during the summer came with its drawbacks, as it would mean forgoing a typical sophomore-level internship or research, like many of my friends were doing. However, the idea of being able to pursue creating a business of my own was constantly nagging at me in the back of my head. I knew that if I didn’t pursue this opportunity now, there would be even less and less time in the future, and that I would regret not having ever tried.
The Race to Revenue program came as a perfect compromise as I was determining my upcoming summer plans. I would be able to receive funding in order to pursue some idea that I had, in order to try my best to make something out of it. It turned out to be an amazing opportunity that I was very grateful to be a part of. I was able to learn a lot about entrepreneurship in a way that I would not have been able to learn in a classroom setting.
I think that one of the biggest merits of being in this program is the variety of mentors that it exposed me to. I was able to put my idea in front of many different people, and in doing so, I have been able to slowly build out, refine, and affirm my concept. It was also fascinating to be able to see the different journeys that these mentors have gone through in their own entrepreneurial journeys, and being able to hear about their successes and failures throughout the process.
I came into Race to Revenue, with SydeHustle being a vision, and through the course of the summer, it has began to become more and more real. It’s a cool feeling to be able to look back and see all of the twists and turns that SydeHustle has gone through in its journey so far, and I’m excited to see the path that it will go along in the future. Through the Race 2 Revenue program, I have been able to grow this idea of mine, and I have been equipped with the tools and connections necessary to take this idea even further.