The Tempus Conference gives rising entrepreneurs the platform to share what they’ve learned with young people who are similarly inclined. A chance to network, brainstorm, and learn from those already in the field, Tempus helps guide young people in starting and succeeding in business. As preparations are made for our fall 2016 Tempus conference we look back at some of our previous speakers. Whether inspired by a personal connection, like Frank Macinsky ofThread or Dana Donofree of AnaOno, or by community potential, like Izzat Rahman of Kayuh Bicycles or the founders of Baby’s Ice Cream, many young entrepreneurs are making a serious impact.
With just one visit to Haiti, Frank Macinsky saw the capital in trash. Macinsky realized that if he could find a way to create something new out of the abundant waste in Haiti, it would bring jobs and income into poor communities, and help create a more sustainable marketplace. This realization lead to the creation of Thread Ground to Good which recycles and breaks down plastic bottles to create functional and responsibly produced fabric.
After her own battle with cancer, and subsequent bilateral mastectomy, Dana Donofree realized there was one challenge breast cancer survivors faced that she could improve: lingerie. Having graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a fashion and and design degree, Donofree began a line of lingerie custom fit for the many shapes and sizes of survivors. The AnaOno intimates line aims to empower the wearer, and additionally donates a portion of their proceeds to breast cancer charity organizations.
Founded on his own love for cycling Izzat Rahman started Kayuh Bicycles and Cafe. Located in North Philadelphia Kayuh offers used and custom built bikes, as well accessories and repairs. Trying to expand his shop as well as make a positive impact on the community, Rahaman is constantly adding artistic attractions such as murals, and most recently a cafe with healthy Southeast Asian options. These additions and continued entrepreneurial spirit are helping to make Kayuh Bicycles and Cafe a real success, both in and out of the local community.
What started as a “multi-media tricycle,” otherwise known as a food rental pushcart, Little Baby’s Ice Cream was a way for a few former musicians to start the next stage of their creative lives. Accompanied acoustically by their “Music for Ice Cream” the single tricycle soon turned into three, and then in the summer of 2012 the tricycles were replaced with Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s “world headquarters” located in East Kensington. Selling new and wacky flavors, with a one of a kind ambiance, Little Baby’s Ice Cream is growing quickly.
We look forward to having many more entrepreneurs like these at our next conference in November.