Why: This project was created out of the deaths of 3 startup founders 2 months ago. It called to my attention that founders are often internalizing our struggles and in extreme cases it can lead to suicide. Impact Founder is a visual arts project to address the real experiences founders have so we don’t have to struggle with mental health, or feel disconnected. We are creating a movement around authentic entrepreneurship, shifting the current conversation to build transparency among peers in the industry through sharing what’s really happening.
Where: Currently launching in Denver, CO
Next Step:To create a simultaneous launch of photography and video exhibit in up to 10 cities in the United States. Next step, global.
Support in Research:
New research has found that 30 %of entrepreneurs report suffering from depression in their lifetime. The study was conducted by the University of California and Stanford. That 30 percent is double the percentage reporting depression among non-entrepreneurs.
This same study found the following: 49% of entrepreneurs surveyed reported at least one mental health condition.
Nearly a third reported having two or more mental health issues, such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or substance use conditions.
50% of the entrepreneurs who reported no mental-health conditions identified themselves as coming from families with a history of mental illness.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Business Venturing found that habitual entrepreneurs display symptoms of behavioral addictions, such as obsessive thoughts, withdrawal-engagement cycles, and negative emotional outcomes. Similar to other behavioral addictions -- like gambling or Internet usage -- serial entrepreneurs are likely to experience negative consequences that stem from their need to keep going.
Risks and challenges
If the Kickstarter doesn't reach the funding goal, then your credit card will not be charged. If the funding goal is reached, then it is just a matter of finishing the book and launching in the next locations!
Our only real challenge is to synchronize all (next step) locations to showcase exhibit on the same day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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