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Mission43 Entrepreneur Course Participant Highlight

Malcolm Brown (Co-Founder, We Love Local)

Thamu Dube + Malcolm Brown (Co-Founders of WeLoLo)

Malcolm Brown grew up in Georgia, and served for 11 years in the Air Force as a crew chief on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. He always had an interest in the medical field, motivating Malcolm to study athletic training following his service. Malcolm’s studies took him to Florida, back to Georgia, and Wisconsin. He came to Boise 5 years ago to pursue a job opportunity as a Clinical Athletic Trainer at St. Luke’s

Malcolm has always strived to be the best version of himself, asking: “What is my life’s work? Why am I here in Boise, Idaho? And is there more I can do?” Through a colleague at Leadership Boise, Malcolm was introduced to Mission43, and completed the Mission43 Entrepreneur Course this fall, in hopes of furthering a business idea to spread kindness and support local small businesses . . . WeLoLo.

In April 2020, Malcolm went for a walk during quarantine and listened to a podcast focused on things that brought joy and positivity to the listeners’ lives; a breath of fresh air during the pandemic, fear, and negativity around the world. This got him thinking about how he could encourage kindness throughout the community, making it easy for people to pay it forward, spread positivity, and treat each other with respect. During this walk, the framework of We Love Local (WeLoLo) was born!

WeLoLo is a “community powered platform that supports local businesses through the simple act of paying it forward.” WeLoLo builds a momentum of kindness throughout the community as individuals and organizations “Pay Forward” dollar amounts, products or services at participating local businesses, such as ā café in downtown Boise. Currently, patrons or community members can simply click a link or scan a QR code to contribute any dollar amount which goes to provide coffee or drink items to healthcare workers, first responders, educators, military members and veterans, and non profit workers; with the hopes of creating a peer to peer feature in the near future. Other participating businesses include: Green Acres Food Truck Park and True Joy Cookies.

Malcolm co-founded WeLoLo with Thamu Dube (Digital Marketer), and together they set out on a mission to increase discovery and patronage at small businesses, plant a seed of kindness while encouraging others to do the same, and ultimately, create a cycle of generosity that will last through the good and the hard times.

WeLoLo believes in collective accountability and creating a footprint that leads by example. Malcolm and Thamu are using the power of WeLoLo and partnering with neckar coffee, Hot Eric Honey, and Interfaith Sanctuary to provide coffee, drinks, and snacks to the homeless population on Saturday, December 11th. If you would like to plant a small seed of generosity click the link below to pay it forward any amount to help make this event possible.  
Pay it Forward

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Spring 2022 Venture College Programs

Venture College Incubator
January 27 - March 17, 2022
An 8-week not-for-credit program in which students discuss their business ideas and progress, learn new start-up concepts to build traction, and set weekly goals.

The Spring 2022 Incubator will take place on Thursdays at 4 pm MT. Zoom option available based on need. Register here.
Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge
April 7, 2022
A statewide university competition to develop and reward student entrepreneurs with promising ventures and small businesses. College and university students across Idaho will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes and services to advance their startups. Application due February 25, 2022. Apply here.

College of Innovation + Design

UX Design Certificate

Do you know about the College of Innovation + Design's User Experience (UX) Design Certificate? This four-course, twelve credit certificate is taught in a remote format, in 7-week course sessions. Learn more.

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Events + Resources

Idaho Women's Business Center Online Holiday Bazaar
Live Now
The Idaho Women's Business Center has taken shopping locally to the next level with their 2021 Holiday Bazar! Buy from local Idaho businesses and vendors, or sign up here to promote your business on their webpage to potential new clients this holiday season. Learn more.
Annual Boise State Tree Lighting + Winter Gathering
November 29 from 4 - 6 pm MT
QUAD (Behind the Administration Building)

Bring your family and friends to enjoy holiday music, raffle drawings for prizes, holiday treats, lighting of the tree and more! We'll also have an illuminated display for guests to share personal notes of thanks as we recognize the unique strengths and gifts among our community this holiday season.

Support the Boise State Campus Food Pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item or toiletry to donate.

"PREP YOUR PITCH!" Workshops
December 8 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
January 12 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Are you a Washington or Idaho student with a business idea? Want to win $10,000 to fund it? The 2022 Northwest Entrepreneur Competition (NEC) is your opportunity to perfect your “elevator pitch”, connect with local resources and experts, and compete to fund your idea in one of three competition categories in Spring 2022 for $44,000 in cash prizes. RSVP to attend either of these virtual workshops by emailing: venture@nic.edu.

 

Northwest Entrepreneur Competition
Register by January 30, 2022
Save the Date: April 13, 2022

The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition (NEC) is an virtual pitch competition welcoming college and high school student teams from across the Northwest to compete in 3 competition categories for $44,000 in prizes. Learn more and register here.

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