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Banking on the Unbankable — Harvard Presentation [Recap]

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Earlier this year, Awamary Khan and I were honored to present to The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on the formation of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (launched early 2017). Special thank you to our host, Sage Salvo (Gil Perkins).

Awamary is the Executive VP, Chief Financial + Operating Officer at Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF), a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Raleigh, N.C. CSBDF serves the state of North Carolina by supporting underserved entrepreneurs by providing affordable lending capital and technical assistance to small businesses.

I serve as the Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC), a joint venture between Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Shaw University (North Carolina’s oldest HBCU). The IEC is centrally located in downtown Raleigh. The 2,000 sq.ft facility is two blocks away from Shaw’s campus and one block away from the emerging tech and business sectors of downtown Raleigh.

Here we’re fortunate to learn from the world’s leaders about what they’re doing to transform communities. Sometimes, however, I like to drill down from the bird’s eye view and talk on the ground. The ground has some great ideas, too!” — Sage Salvo referring to the need to provide real-world application to the many theoretical conversation happening in the classroom."

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