Duplessy Foundation aids entrepreneurs pursuing a passion

Sandra Larson | 6/28/2017, 11:40 a.m.
Duplessy formed the Duplessy Foundation in 2009 as a way to tie together two areas of expertise: business consulting and ...
Derrick Duplessy Photo by Sandra Larson


Duplessy says that while crowdfunding — raising money through online platforms such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe — is available to anyone, a good fundraising campaign involves hard work and planning. Serious crowdfunders need to take time to identify their crowd and define their story, he explains, as well as take care of the nitty-gritty details of executing the funding campaign. Paying attention to all these facets will help yield greater rewards.

About 400 people have attended the crowdfunding workshops.

“At the end, magic happens,” Duplessy says. “The money is important, but what’s more important is the person feels like, ‘Wow, the idea is proven, there’s a market for this.’”

Besides workshops and coaching, the Duplessy Foundation encompasses several other initiatives: “Purpose Rockstar” is an online community and collection of audio profiles highlighting people around the world who have managed to forge meaningful careers; “Purpose Fellowships” offers support to artists creating businesses; and “Scream Club” is an emerging stress-relief group for the startup community that includes chances to gather, network and — literally — scream from a rooftop together.

With his foundation’s events and services, Duplessy aims to build success and community among people of color, immigrants, women and anyone who has not always fit into the mainstream startup world.

“We want to create places in person and online where people feel they’re not sticking out like a sore thumb,” he explains. “We want more and more people to feel less and less isolated.”