Founding Partner, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP
An even bigger picture
The spark of an idea, a proof of concept, friends and family believe in you – and you’re ready for a leap of entrepreneurial faith, even if you are half-crazy.
You consider financing. You build a team. You talk to anyone and everyone who will listen about your amazing, game-changing idea. Suddenly you’re picking up momentum – a grant award here, a seed round there – and now you’ve raised your first million, and you have a PhD in running a startup.
The team grows, and so do the challenges, but you adapt and overcome. The success of your venture is paramount, and you live and breathe it. But on the road to success and, hopefully, getting to a triumphant exit, one challenge persists.
The venture’s need for exceptional talent continues to evolve. And it gets harder and harder to find the right people. You have to look farther and farther away from Long Island.
But … what if the regional talent pool was not limited? What if it was filled with a wealth of options and life experiences?
Sadly, here on Long Island, we are not currently close to realizing the full potential of our local talent. Thousands of young people never get the opportunity to show what they are capable of. How many lost Einsteins are out there that we have no idea exist?
Every day, kids in far too many school districts across Long Island don’t stand a chance, because they simply don’t have the same access to the simple building blocks of a STEM education. Their trajectories are off course right from the start, and it only gets worse as they age.
You can help change that trajectory.
There are many great people on Long Island who are trying to help narrow the gap for these kids, all while helping to nurture and strengthen the innovative ecosystem, promote economic development and positively reinforce the region. And there are many opportunities to support this bigger-picture effort.
Consider linking up with an apprenticeship program, or taking on an intern. Engage in a dialogue with your local school district and see what programs you can support or interact with. Inspiring young minds is paramount.
There are myriad ways to get involved. If you need a hand finding the best way you or your startup can fit in, just reach out. You’ll be a better entrepreneur for it – and both your venture and the region will have a better chance to grow.