IMPACTJUNKIE Stories

These are the highlight stories from IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurs, investors, and adventurous doers around the world. 

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Wow! This past month was full of impact at every turn. Here is a list of some things you were part of this month. See more photos and details below. This is where we become the solution to the world's biggest problems. 

We need you. Every month we have online IMPACTJUNKIE meetups to help each other solve problems in our communities and around the world. This is where you can get involved right where you are -- start here

The stories you see below are possible because IMPACTJUNKIE members join online or in person to brainstorm through challenges. Then, together we make it happen. It's more than a box/shirt in the mail, it's about being the solution together. 

Keep making it happen.

P.S. We had over 100+ IMPACTJUNKIE members involved in meetups online or in person this past month! From Oregon, Guatemala, Belize, DR Congo, and more! 

Elfinia, women entrepreneur in Belize celebrates over a year and a half of business! Punta Gorda 

 Wow! Something to celebrate! Elfinia’s venture is taking off We love celebrating with over a year and a half of her venture starting in Punta Gorda, Belize with IMPACTJUNKIE. She has sold hundreds of her signature “Elfinia’s wristbands”, prototyped some shoelaces (wait what?!?!), worked with other women of Belize  to start their businesses, and now sending her children to school - one starts high school this month. So much to celebrate  We can’t wait to go to the next level in year two of her business. We celebrated back in July with a fun hotel stay, foot massages, waterfront dinners and an entrepreneur + innovation training in Belize City! But this month, we were able to bring the next payment to her! So awesome! Oh, and want to invest in her business? Order your Elfinia wristbands today perfect for Christmas gifts! Order Elfinia's wristband here.  

John Marlin, founder of Love Like Ty in honor of his son travels to Belize with IMPACTJUNKIE

 John Marlin goes to Belize   Founder of 
Lovelikety, super cool real estate developer/genius, makes impact everywhere he goes, loves adventure and diving — to name of a few. Love Like Ty is an organization started in honor of his son Ty to share love and kindness everywhere you go. Check them out! We love the impact they are making and can’t wait to take Love Like Ty all around the world  It’s about starting something that changes lives! Thankful to have John as part of the team doing more with he has been given!
 Santiago and his wife in Belize  Love these IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurs running their IJ chicken farm in their village + his wife leads a co-op for other women entrepreneurs. So much impact! This life changing business was started over a year and a half ago and still thriving! Lots of growth and now talking about how we can develop the land to do more. Santiago is not only an entrepreneur but a Pastor - this type of opportunity has transformed their village to do more. His leadership and ability to make anything successful makes him unique to our IJ family. We love you!
 Forget the conference room table - this is where impact happens. Love having John Marlin talk life with Marcos, a pastor + IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneur in Punta Gorda, Belize We love making life long friendships across the table where everyone has a seat. One of our core values is to treat every person we meet like an entrepreneur, not a beggar. This is where we love, listen, learn to solve problems together. More to come!

"People would pay thousands of dollars for this experience we had in this room today. Seriously, thank you for coming to our little community and challenging us to dream bigger."
Mariah Hurlbert, financial advisor in Salem, Oregon


 SALEM, OREGON. What a weekend! Our entrepreneur and investor workshop series was powerful with a room full of 30+ ready to STEP UP and change lives! The initiative “Let’s give back to those who dream big in Salem, Oregon” is our new way to give back to the backbone of America — empower small town entrepreneurs and business owners with TONS of potential to change the world. We talked about homelessness, former inmates finding work, launching startups focused on solving problems, getting patents, mental health, solutions to reduce suicide rates at the local high school, franchising, impact investments, storytelling and so much more. This is the first of many for Oregon! Special thank you to our local partners who MADE IT HAPPEN! We appreciate you! Mariah Hurlburt, Financial Services Professional with NYLIFE Securities LLCWhirLocalCo.WDPI Staffing - PortlandOregon Entrepreneurs Network

Root Virtual Reality with co-founder David, an IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneur lands his first pilot program! 

"And just like that, nearly two years’ worth of hard work enters a new phase. We hit a huge milestone yesterday when we kicked off our first official pilot program with an amazing youth services organization here in Richmond, Virginia. Root VR is now out in the world, changing the face of adolescent mental healthcare as we know it. Details and results coming soon — what a time to be alive!" - David Waltenbaugh. Check out his work
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IMPACTJUNKIE goes to Indonesia  at the end of September. We will be working with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Surabaya to host entrepreneur and innovation workshops, collaborate in major agriculture needs, and stop by the Nestle headquarters to learn about the need/shortage of cacao plants for chocolate.

Have any connection with Indonesia? Message us! There are big needs and open doors for solutions. Let’s go! 

Excited about the partnership with Central American Health Initiative as we begin the master’s level course at Johns Hopkins University this September with Philip Harding, adjunct faculty member. More to come! 
August 2019 - September 2019
We headed back to Belize with the founder of
Love Like Ty, celebrated another year of business with Elfinia and Marcos in Belize, hosted an entrepreneur workshop in Salem, Oregon and started the master level course at Johns Hopkins University using the IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurship education material. We grew our partnerships with Co.W in Salem, Oregon,  Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Whirlocal, DPI Group, Mariah Hurlbert - financial advisor and others who came alongside us this month to make impact. 
Start Something. Want to get involved? Let us know!

IMPACTJUNKIE Real Estate is in its first stages. We are looking at potential investments in property to impact lives. If you are interested in exploring real estate or have expertise in this area, let us know! 

IMPACTJUNKIE Coffee is launching and we are looking for coffee ambassadors to make impact. Looking for a side job selling coffee? Let us know! 

Belize! Guatemala! Honduras! Central America! We are receiving so many needs and requests. If you would like to get more involved with these countries - let us know! 

Formerly incarcerated inmates. We are launching an entrepreneur development program for the formerly incarcerated community. Interested in doing more with this community right where you are? Let us know! 

IMPACTJUNKIE Military is expanding quickly. Veteran? Active military? Military family? Military Widow? We want to connect - www.impactjunkie.life/military

IMPACT Investors. IMPACTJUNKIE Investments team is growing and we are expanding our investment platform for our Angel Investor community. If you are interested in more, let us know!

IMPACTJUNKIE Partnerships are growing. If you and your company are interested in partnership opportunities, let us know! 






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Wow! This past month was full of impact at every turn, see some of the stories below. You are investing in loving people, going places and changing lives.

From Belize City, the White House, ball pit in St. Louis, and Criminal Justice Reform roundtables in Richmond, VA - impact is happening around the world with members stepping up to be the solution. 


Keep making it happen.

P.S. Read more here or check out the stories below! 

IMPACTJUNKIE Belize Entrepreneur Fest in partnership with Beltraide and U.S. Embassy of Belize Belize City

Hosted the  IMPACTJUNKIE Belize Entrepreneur Fest in partnership with U.S. Embassy of Belize and Beltraide! Over 60+ entrepreneurs and key leaders attended the all-day workshop to scale and grow their ventures to make large-scale impact. This included a tour of the U.S Embassy in Belmopan and meeting with the Chargé d’Affraires and the team in country.

More in Belize! Hosted innovation roundtables with the U.S. Embassy of Guatemala, some team members from the U.S. State Department, deans of Galen University, dean of the University of the West Indies, leadership team of the Belize Credit Union League, business development lead of Development Finance Corporation, and additional partners with InvestBelize.

Read more of the story
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Marcos and Elfinia, pastors from Punta Gorda, Belize and IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurs take their next big steps! Belize City 

Marcos and Elfinia (IJ wristband founder!), IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurs from Punta Gorda, Belize traveled 7 ½ hours by bus to attend the Belize Entrepreneur Fest. This was their first time attending a country wide event focused on entrepreneurship especially in coming from a rural area where opportunities can be limited. Marcos has recently started a chicken farm enterprise and his wife, Elfinia a wristband business in their small village. However, the workshop challenged them to think bigger and they received the partnerships needed to grow and scale which will provide more jobs in their community. Elfinia also was invited to participate in a program hosted by the Prime Minister's wife to inspire women entrepreneurs. 
Aisha Bullard and her family joined the IMPACTJUNKIE Team! Aisha and her husband James live with their three daughters in Richmond, VA. Aisha is a real estate developer, lawyer, William and Mary graduate, and CEO of the largest transitional home for formerly incarcerated inmates in Virginia. She traveled with her family to Belize and were instrumental in the impact stories unfolding on the ground. He expertise and life experience makes her a lifetime IMPACTJUNKIE.
Emmanuel Ntibonera joined the IMPACTJUNKIE team in Belize! Emmanuel is co-founder of the Ntibonera Foundation where they will have delivered up to 70,000+ pairs of shoes the DR Congo. As former refugee and now master’s degree graduate he is looking to inspire and launch a more sustainable approach in the DR Congo with IMPACTJUNKIE. He has partnered with Liberty University, Steph Curry, Nike and Under Armour to make impact so far and excited to do even bigger things together.

Reserve your spot
here to hear his story and be part of the solution! 

Leah Coleman joined the IMPACTJUNKIE team in Belize! Leah is a real estate agent, President of women’s entrepreneur group, Boss Babes with over 7,000 current members; experienced business development expert in emerging market real estate co-founder of a woman and minority owned home services business; brand ambassador for International Propel Women’s Conference in Richmond, VA.

IMPACTJUNKIE in the White House! 

Presented one of our boldest proposals yet to the White House, the current administration and senior advisors in the Executive Office of American Innovation. It is called “Proposal to Reform The U.S. Response of the Migration Crisis in Central America.” More to come.

Hosted a Criminal Justice Reform innovation roundtable with Richmond Urban Ministry Institute partnered with Where We Help led by Aisha Bullard. Participants included case managers, mental health program directors, criminal justice advocates, Perch RVA restaurant owner Chef Mike and his business partner Karlie and representatives from Americans for Prosperity - Virginia. Our IMPACTJUNKIE community is excited to launch even greater efforts to launch innovation and reform to transform lives as they re-enter society. 

Launched the IMPACTJUNKIE ball pit at North American Youth Congress in St. Louis

Launched the IMPACTJUNKIE adult size ball pit in St. Louis with over 12,000 balls. Hundreds jumped in and were challenged to jump out of their comfort zone to start something that changes lives around the world. So many stories to tell. Shoutout to IMPACTJUNKIE members Crystal Napier, Syndey Houser, and Dalton Nicholas who went above and beyond to builld and make it happen.

Rented out Park Avenue Coffee in Downtown St. Louis to host an intimate gathering of IMPACTJUNKIE members who tested out IMPACTJUNKIE coffee + shared their dreams around the table. 

Jonathan and Keagan Band from Nashville, Tennessee performed LIVE in the IMPACTJUNKIE ball pit. Their authentic, original music is making an international impact with people everywhere. Get their music on Itunes, Spotify, and all the other music spots. 

Sold over fifty bags of IMPACTJUNKIE coffee and held a coffee taste test in St. Louis. We also drank over 50 cups of coffee too. 

Launched IMPACTJUNKIE Central America with Victor Juarez and Sarah Sterling, starting in Guatemala first. Connecting IJ members around the world and being part of the solution to some of the biggest problems happening in Central America.

Getting ready for the IMPACTJUNKIE Central America Investor’s Summit happening this November with U.S investors paired with local investors in Latin America to start something that changes lives. More to come!

Excited about the partnership with Central American Health Initiative as we begin the master’s level course at Johns Hopkins University this September with Philip Harding, adjunct faculty member. Expecting over 40 students to register for the course this coming Fall 2019.
 








Guatemala City, Guatemala

Victor, president of the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative (YLAI) by the U.S. State Department requested our team to provide IMPACTJUNKIE entrepreneurship + innovation training for the "Social Emprendimiento" Summit alongside Google, May 17 - May 20. The strong desire to solve problems like poverty, access to education, access to business, and access to healthcare can be felt from these entrepreneurs. It is an honor to partner with YLAI to be part of the solution in Guatemala. 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Her first trip to Ethiopia changed everything. Deena saw a problem, the lack of feminine products available for women in Ethiopia. She hosted a brainstorm session to be the solution with other Ethiopian women. She is joining the IMPACTJUNKIE team in attending the Ethiopian Forum in Washington D.C and Guatemala. Also, Deena recently received Lilly Top 100 Innovative Employees of the Year. 

Gasabo, Rwanda. Two Rwandan entrepreneurs will launch their poultry farm venture with IMPACTJUNKIE. It started when they submitted one of the most well-written business plans we have ever received from entrepreneurs. They expressed immense gratitude and now joined as IMPACTJUNKIE members all the way from Rwanda to receive training/support to launch this summer. Top Picture: Valens Bottom Picture: Valens, left. Esperance, right.

UPDATE 

Today was electrifying! Our *new* IMPACTJUNKIE members in Rwanda (yes, they pay $25/mo like we do, but to them it is equal $100 - they expressed so much thanks for allowing them to pay instead of it being free) just experienced our VIP training. We went through the empathy map in the language of Kinyarwanda and came out with some beautiful outcomes. IMPACTJUNKIE believes if you treat people like entrepreneurs, and not beggars then you create human dignity for all. We are cheering for you Valens and Esperance - you are going to do amazing things!

We did record it so if you want to listen, you can ❤️ We will be planning a trip soon! We cannot wait to meet them in person.

They cried because they said these ideas and working through our training really helped them beyond any business class they had received. Their dream is to train other business leaders. More to come ❤️✖️#Rwanda #impactjunkierwanda #impactjunkie @ Rwanda

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