Tell us about yourself...
My name is Derrick Wesley, and I am the founder of iMar Learning Solutions and the creator of Seedlyng Financial Education. I am a veteran educator who is passionate about helping others.
Critical thinking skills, leadership development, and financial literacy are not taught in schools, which is why iMar Learning Solutions was founded. iMar Learning received national recognition in 2019 after I won TD Ameritrade’s Innovation Contest.
As a result of winning this event helped me to raise the capital to bring my vision of creating a mobile financial literacy app for teens and young adults to life, and now iMar Learning is an approved vendor in over 18 school districts.
What lessons has being an entrepreneur taught you?
Entrepreneurship has taught me that many teachers underestimate how much they learn while teaching that will make them excellent entrepreneurs. For example, we use many digital tools that business leaders use to analyze data, create dynamic presentations, and we also learn to share our vision with others.
We also have to think on our feet and be able to problem solve to keep our classroom on track and this skill is also needed as an entrepreneur.
If you could go back in time to when you first started your business, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
The best advice I could give myself would be to keep pushing, even on the darkest days when you feel like giving up, find a way.
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