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A Leap into The Valley - a story from Doze founder Bianca Kempe
February 26, 2014
On January 20 I found myself amongst 37 other entrepreneurs in San Mateo, California at Draper University. The legendary Valley VC, Tim Draper started Draper University two years ago with a mission to breed the next generation of entrepreneurs, disrupting education as we know it. This 7 week course is the real deal for young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs from around the World. It was everything I asked for and has provided me with the tools and network to take my projects to the next level.
A typical day at Draper consists of listening to and meeting two to three industry leading speakers, team projects, outside-your-comfort-zone-pushing activities and constant fresh inspiration. From learning about 3D printing to how the universe works, every element of this program has been crafted to open our minds, our hearts and dreams to an infinite world of possibilities. Every day I’ve learned something new from one of my peers and am inspired by their drive and enthusiasm.
I originally set out to come to Draper because I realized I wanted to both be challenged mentally, to learn more about what was happening around the world from a global perspective and most importantly how do we solve the biggest problem social entrepreneurs face - creating a sustainable operation. Building and growing Doze over the past year has made me realize that the work we do with Doze is powerful, transforming individuals as they step outside of their daily routine and engage with others in purposeful work. However, as the reality stands, with no revenue a passion project can easily fizzle and fade. So - the mission - to devise a model which allows our social initiative to run, while creatively building a revenue stream to sustain the company. I am on a mission to create a model that can be an example for all the awesome projects and programs that social entrepreneurs are spearheading around the world.
So the mission begins. A big thank you to Draper University for providing me not only with the experience to make this a reality- from the education to the community that has evolved. As most people know, community is something I’ve been passionate about my whole life. I strongly believe that to create a healthy and thriving system you need to create a solid community, hence the birth of Doze. At Draper U. a community of thought leaders and innovators has been created - a conducive environment to breed the change makers of tomorrow. The opportunity to be surrounded by like minded people 24/7 is probably the single most powerful element of this experience. In order to thrive you need the tools to build out your vision, but most importantly you need the support and faith of a community. Needless to say, it has been one beautiful adventure and I am beyond grateful to be here and most importantly to now bring these learnings to a project that sits close to my heart, Doze.