Updated: Nov 20, 2020
There's this African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Black and Brown women in business already have obstacles stacked up against them. Whether it's limited funding, limited access to mentors, and often not having the privilege of time to be able to go full throttle in their businesses because they're juggling multiple demands in their lives. It's a no brainer that the fastest way to achieve your goals is to collaborate. And it's time for more Black and Brown women to see each other not as competitors but as collaborators.
The preservation of Black and Brown businesses rely on collaboration to cut through the entrepreneurship ecosystem quickly and more powerfully. Furthermore, sharing resources, sharing time, sharing costs alleviates the pressure of having to do it all by yourself. One of the goals of the BGV Connect Incubator platforms is to foster collaboration by creating the space for women to connect, collaborate on ideas so they can continue to propel their businesses (and themselves) forward.
Benita & Neferteri are both members of the BGV Connect Incubator, and so we asked them a few questions about collaboration.