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After an extremely rough and blessed year I have kept fighting and believing and have been selected to pitch my business idea for $50K in capital in New York. Get me from Managua to Manhattan and I will do my best to win and come back and help my people. More ...

Gourmet coffee that helps innovators fight poverty

Exactly one year ago I was excited and of full of hope in a fancy Hotel in Managua presenting my "dream" to local "Angel Investors". I needed an investor who would believe in me and provide me with the capital I needed to grow my business. I put my heart and soul into the presentation but wasn't able to convince the "Angles" that they should invest in a social business that was going to use profits from sales of gourmet coffee to support entrepreneurship in Nicaragua and make a difference in the lives of thousands of people. I was emotionally devastated and financially I had reached the end. I had put all my money into building this business and without the help of outside investment I had to close down operations and entered the "gutter". It has been one of the hardest and most humbling years of my life but also one of the most blessed. I didn't think I was going to make at times but with God's help I kept going and the dream stayed alive. In October I entered a business pitch competition that I saw online and I was selected to go to New York and participate as a semi-finalist. I need your help to make it to New York and represent not only my country but the dreams of all those who are fighting to make it in this world. 

the coffee brand that will help innovators fight poverty
The video above was my 2 minute elevator pitch that helped me get to the semi-finals for La Idea Business Pitch Competition. 

The “La Idea” business pitch competition is an initiative of former U.S. Secretary of the State Hilary Clinton. The U.S. State Department-run contest provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive a prize package that includes up to $95,000 in grant awards, customized business support services, high-profile visibility on on an international scale (UNIVISION) , and more. 
helping young Nicaraguan entrepreneurs with their business idea
I was the only project selected from Nicaragua and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only win the support needed to start Innovation Coffee Co. but more importantly inspire other young Nicaraguans and Latinos to become social entrepreneurs and make a difference in our country and the world. I appreciate any help you can provide and promise I will do everything I can to win this competition and help others through this business. 

this is the building i will be competing in

Help get me to New York City and win this contest so I can start roasting and selling the best gourmet coffee that will invest a percentage of annual profits to help grow and support a community of innovative entrepreneurs in Latin America who are working to fight poverty, protect the environment and promote social justice through business. Thanks for your help and God Bless you. 

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Limited Edition Innovation Roast
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Stimulate your creativity with this one pound bag of some of Nicaragua's finest coffee! Roasted to perfection to satisfy your demanding taste buds and warm your heart. This limited edition roast will use only coffee cupped at over 80 points and above for an extraordinary coffee experience.
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