Writer / Kara Reibel
Through her degree in African American History, entrepreneur Kendrea Williams discovered that historically, the genesis of entrepreneurship in America was truly post-emancipation. She already shared the spirit of entrepreneurship, but this discovery resonated with her.
“I’ve always approached things from a deconstructive thought process to figure things out,” shares Williams. “It’s important to stay curious and ask questions.”
As a student at IUPUI, Williams participated in a pitch competition and met the founders of Dreamapolis, which Williams has since taken over operating. Headquartered out of The Speak Easy, Dreamapolis supports micro-enterprise organizations for highly labor-intensive industries.
Williams provides capital, legal assistance and marketing help along with business coaching and education. “I am a matchmaker,” says Williams of her business.
As she expanded into events and workshops, a platform for female entrepreneurs began to formulate for Williams. The result was “PitchFeast.”
“I am always wanting to help others and through PitchFeast, we charge admission, provide food and have a competition of entrepreneurs pitching their companies,” says Williams. Companies receive feedback from a panel of judges.
Winners receive a one-year membership to the Indy Chamber to increase their network, six months of space from The Speak Easy, business consulting and a cash prize from funds received at the end of the evening.
It’s through her grassroots guerrilla marketing efforts that Williams has found her success. PitchFeast is gaining in popularity, thanks to sponsors The Speak Easy, Nameless Catering, Centric and The Startup Ladies.
At a recent PitchFeast, SAFE Keeping, SmartNoggin Toys and Emie’s Cornices pitched. The winner for the event was SAFE Keeping, presented by Dawn Lang.
“It was an honor to participate in PitchFeast at the Speak Easy. PitchFeast provided me with a wonderful platform to introduce my company, and I received valuable feedback that will be useful for future presentations,” said Marcia Haut, owner of SmartNoggin Toys.
Please visit dreamapolis.com for upcoming PitchFeast events!