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Breaking Barriers and Finding Growth: Accessing the Right People for Startup Success

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Brittany Burton
Founding Partner; StartupStage
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Breaking Barriers and Finding Growth: Accessing the Right People for Startup Success

Hey everyone, Amanda here! In the entrepreneurial journey, there's a phrase I keep coming back to: "finding the right room." It's not just a nice piece of advice—it's absolutely crucial for your startup's path. Entrepreneurship can often feel like you're flying solo, but the reality is, you need a crew. It’s about connecting with smart, ambitious, and kind individuals who lift you up and push you forward. Trust me, it's a game changer I've learned through both personal and professional ups and downs.

The Importance of Being in the 'Right Room'

Here’s my mantra: "Find the room, gain access, learn all you can, and help others do the same." It sounds simple, but it's pretty deep. The 'room' is where you find those essential networks, brilliant ideas, and the resources that can pivot your business. For us founders, that means rubbing elbows with potential mentors, partners, investors, and like-minded peers who understand the rollercoaster of building something great.

How to Gain Access to These Rooms?

Getting into these rooms isn’t about just showing up; it’s about being genuinely curious, creating real value without looking for a quick payback, and showing how committed you are to your big vision. Here’s how you can start:

  • Leverage Existing Networks: Begin with your circle. Ask for introductions to influencers who can open new doors for you.
  • Engage in Industry Events: Both virtual and in-person, these are incredible for linking up with leaders and visionaries.
  • Offer Value First: Always think about how you can help others before you ask for anything. Share your knowledge, give feedback, or connect folks in your network.

Why Prioritize Proximity?

Since the pandemic started, many of us have felt the sting of isolation—I know I have. Now, as we’re moving beyond these challenging times, it’s vital to rethink how we connect. Being close, either physically or digitally, to those who embody where you want to be, not only provides learning chances but immerses you in the successful cultural and operational rhythms you aspire to mirror.

Learning and Contributing: A Symbiotic Relationship

I’ve found that the more time I spend in these impactful rooms, the more I learn and the more I can give back. It’s a beautiful exchange of growth and respect. You get to absorb incredible insights and also share your unique ideas and solutions, adding real value to the community.

Encouraging Others to Find Their Room

Inclusivity is key. By helping others find these rooms, we’re not just expanding the network—we’re enriching it. Whether it’s mentoring budding entrepreneurs or sharing how to navigate these spaces, it’s about fostering a culture where growth and opportunity flourish.

In Summary

For us founders, finding the right room is more than just a strategy—it’s essential to our success. It’s about being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. If you’re feeling stuck or isolated, don’t hesitate to reach out, connect, and bring others along. 

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