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Our Mission

About Us

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Our Mission

Empowerment through Entrepreneurship

Our Vision

At echo, we envision a world where the transformative power of entrepreneurship breaks down barriers to business ownership, enabling individuals to shape their destinies.

Commitment

We are committed to creating a vibrant community of dreamers, fostering innovation, and providing inclusive spaces where every voice is heard and every dream has the opportunity to flourish.

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Our History

echo is a result of a merger between Audacity Labs and Helius, two nonprofits working with youth and entrepreneurs in our community for many years. Throughout the years, and definitely the past few years, both organizations were receiving feedback from the community that yes, there is an abundance of services offered to aspiring entrepreneurs. But, often once the program or training finished, it wasn't easy to access more in-depth or continual support for them.

 

And for early-stage and young entrepreneurs, there is little support at all. That feedback inspired us to envision a space built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. At echo, we want to build the “we” - a collective of individuals that fosters a sense of belonging; to join people who have a shared living experience to challenge the outdated educational and workforce models that prevent economic equity; and to pool this collective identity so we can learn together, and create a circular system for broader change through entrepreneurship to build, succeed, and repeat. 

Our Partners

Meet the Staff

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Anjanette has 20+ years of experience in entrepreneurship and program development.  She founded her first business in Dallas, TX, an educational advocacy center.  Before joining Echo, Anjanette was the Executive Director of Audacity Labs.

Anjanette has 20+ years of experience in entrepreneurship and program development.  She founded her first business in Dallas, TX, an educational advocacy center.  Before joining Echo, Anjanette was the Executive Director of Audacity Labs.

Anjanette Miller

CEO

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Itzel is a Durham native and graduate from UNC at Greensboro. Being a minority herself, she is compelled to give back to her community by empowering underrepresented business owners to reach maximum success.

Itzel is a Durham native and graduate from UNC at Greensboro. Being a minority herself, she is compelled to give back to her community by empowering underrepresented business owners to reach maximum success.

Itzel Castro-Santibanez

Operations Manager

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Morgen was born and raised in Durham. Morgen has been in the Financial Services industry for over 10 years and has spent the last 8 years working directly with small business owners to help them grow their business.

Morgen was born and raised in Durham. Morgen has been in the Financial Services industry for over 10 years and has spent the last 8 years working directly with small business owners to help them grow their business.

Morgen McVane

Treasurer

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Matthew O’Stricker is a Senior at Duke University from in Atlanta, Georgia and is studying Public Policy and earning a certificate in Markets and Management Matthew’s passion derives from his interest in social impact work. He currently serves as a Student Director for echo-Reverb.

Matthew O’Stricker is a Senior at Duke University from in Atlanta, Georgia and is studying Public Policy and earning a certificate in Markets and Management Matthew’s passion derives from his interest in social impact work. He currently serves as a Student Director for echo-Reverb.

Matthew O’Stricker

Co-Student Director

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Diana is from Colombia and has over 12 years of experience in designing and monitoring public policies and programs for the public sector in Colombia, as well as for NGOs in North Carolina. She holds a Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University. Diana firmly believes in entrepreneurship and innovation as powerful tools for achieving social mobility and supporting minorities in uplifting themselves.

Diana is from Colombia and has over 12 years of experience in designing and monitoring public policies and programs for the public sector in Colombia, as well as for NGOs in North Carolina. She holds a Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University. Diana firmly believes in entrepreneurship and innovation as powerful tools for achieving social mobility and supporting minorities in uplifting themselves.

Diana M. Ramirez

Director of Programs

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Ramon is a social entrepreneur and consultant focused on improving the quality of life for all. He has worked in a variety of settings in public health and healthcare since 2005.)

Ramon is a social entrepreneur and consultant focused on improving the quality of life for all. He has worked in a variety of settings in public health and healthcare since 2005.)

Ramon Llamas

Development Director

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Van is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill studying economics. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, he has a passion for empowering youth through education, financial literacy, and mentorship.

Van is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill studying economics. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, he has a passion for empowering youth through education, financial literacy, and mentorship.

Van Adamson-Thompson

Alumni Lead

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Sonali Sanjay is undergraduate at Duke University studying statistics and also one of the student directors at Echo-Reverb! Sonali first joined as an entrepreneurship coach as a sophomore, and has enjoyed every second at our organization since.

Sonali Sanjay is undergraduate at Duke University studying statistics and also one of the student directors at Echo-Reverb! Sonali first joined as an entrepreneurship coach as a sophomore, and has enjoyed every second at our organization since.

Sonali Sanjay

Co-Student Director

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