Idea Funding 2022
We made it to Idea Funding 2022! It was an experience that helped lead the way for Nopalito Network.
As a new entrepreneur should, we tested our idea in the world. If there is a need for your idea, then find a way to integrate it into everyday life. We found that there is a need for Indigenous Youth to be exposed to the technological opportunities of the world. On August 27th, 2022, Nopalito Network participated in Startup Tucson’s Accelerated Fundamentals Course that then led to preparation to partake in a pitch competition. There were three rounds of down-selects and over 115 applications!
As we prepared for Idea Funding 2022, it was clear that we had some great competitors. We put in many hours of hard work into creating the pitch that would ultimately be the one that was made at the competition. The event took place during the first week of November in Tucson, Az and were filled with workshops and speakers that have made an impact in the local community. At the end of the day, our team worked hard to get to this place and want to congratulate The Earnest House for being the winner of our Impact Vertical Room. Although, we did win the Honorary Mention Award by CIC Tucson that evening! Thank you!
If there was anything we want to share from our experience, it is that if you are passionate about an idea, do not be afraid to show it. If there is something that lights a fire in your heart, then go for it. Only you can be the change you want to see in the world. It starts with you.
As a Women-Led, Native-Owned business, we understood how crucial it was that we share this story for others so that we can help build a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship in our Indigenous communities.
To learn more about our program email: info(at)nopalitonetwork.org