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Business, Entrepreneurship

Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams.

Today's guest is Henry Keculah. Henry was first featured on Trailblazers.FM episode 117

Henry Keculah, Jr., is the founder and CEO of 4.0 Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA.). Keculah is a first-generation American, and his parents immigrated to the U.S from Liberia.

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KEY POINTS FROM HENRY:

  • Start preparing for college early, and find out ways you can take advantage of available funding
  • 1% of VC funding goes to people of color
  • Listen today, to find out “How to start your business, be successful and obtain free money.”
  • The first step to pitching like a champion is to understand your “why”.  
  • What is the problem that you are solving, and what is the social impact that your company is making?
  • Over 1.2M students, a student every 26 seconds, drops out of school every year. We help students discover ways to stay engage and stay in college.
  • People buy into the story you tell and buy into your company when you are relatable and you demonstrate that.
  • The second step to pitching like a champion is to understand the quantitative value you add. What do the numbers say about the value you add?  What are your metrics?
  • Looking for funding?  Here’s a tip! Stay in the know by setting up Google Alerts for pitch competitions. 
  • Follow the right people on social media and take advantage of the influencer network.  
  • A lot of owners end up with less than 20% of their company after having received VC funding, but bootstrapping allows you to keep the equity in your company.
  • If you want to pitch like a champion, focus on your why; articulate the problem you’re solving and the value that you bring.
  • @HenryKeculahJr says, Don't forget your team!  When you pitch for funding talk about your team and co-founders and the skillsets they bring to round out your team
  • Demonstrate a winning business model, share testimonials and round it out with a tagline that resonates
  • Tell potential investors how you will make use of their money
  • You can do it! Invest in improving your pitching skills and don’t talk yourself out of opportunities.  
  • @HenryKeculahJr Stay confident, and never let “I do not have enough money” prevent you from following your dreams today. 
  • Don’t get discouraged when the bank tells you, “No!” @HenryKeculahJr
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