This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.
A group of entrepreneurs recently shared their wide-ranging and compelling stories during Baton Rouge’s first-ever Entrepreneur Open Mic, an event designed to build community among entrepreneurs.
The event, held at Kalurah Street Grill and hosted by NexusLA, featured hand-selected entrepreneurs and additional guests who had the opportunity to share their experiences.
“Our intent is to build our community of entrepreneurs through the power of sharing the real stories behind the scenes, breaking down barriers and connecting authentically,” says Wendy Overton, director of programs at NexusLA, which works to connect growth-focused companies to capital, resources and diverse talent.
Overton says entrepreneurs have unique experiences that non-founders can’t always relate to, and storytelling offers a powerful way to share those insights. “This event gives everyone a chance to meet each other, tell some stories, connect and learn they’re not alone,” she says.
One of the most powerful personal entrepreneurial stories shared at the event came from Blanca Isabel of Blanca Isabel Purple Rice, a naturally purple long-grain rice that was developed by her husband, Dr. Milton C. Rush, a rice pathologist at LSU.