It’s been more than a year since the EforAll Buffalo project launched with Juweria Dahir at the helm.
It’s the local chapter of Entrepreneurship for All, a national nonprofit that offers free programs to small business and entrepreneurs.
Since that time, EforAll Buffalo has run two cohorts through its flagship accelerator program, with 30 companies in total. It has also run a series of pitch events and workshops.
Through that experience, Dahir says EforAll is learning about keeping entrepreneurs on the pathway of achieving their dreams. Not a single company has dropped out of the program and about 90 mentors have signed on.
“Many of these companies start from someone’s kitchen or porch, and it’s a way for them to make a way for themselves and their families,” Dahir said. “But what’s always missing is that exposure to people who know something that you don’t, who know how to put a business plan together and to find capital. That is enormously impactful.”