Connect with us


Young Entrepreneurs Helping Others Launch Into The Marketplace

In today’s society, age just does not matter when it comes to business, as some of the brightest minds and greatest ideas are coming from today’s youth. And while some may think that today’s youth aren’t doing their part to “give-back,” just think again!

Recent University graduates Brayden Gingrich and Ali Smith could be spending all their time on their own successful companies they started. However, they wanted to give back to the community and other young entrepreneurs who need money and help during these “COVID-19 times”. So, they recently started The Launch Project, which is an initiative to give one lucky entrepreneur over $17,000 through their pitch contest the tools and guidance they need to succeed in the business world. From marketing and event planning to business coaching and PR, they aim to help the entrepreneur make their dreams a reality.

  1. Why is helping other young entrepreneurs so important to you both?

There are so many factors that make being a young entrepreneur difficult and we think to give them a network of support and expertise will help them reach the success they are dreaming of. We both had help from young entrepreneurs when starting our businesses and we want to pay that forward.

  1. What makes The Launch Project different from other elevator-type pitch competitions? 

The Launch Project is different because the winner is being given a network, knowledge, and skills that will actually help them succeed, not just a financial grant or rent-free space. We want to be there for the winner every step of the way, and help them succeed.

  1. What is the best advice you can give towards other young entrepreneurs on their journey?

It sounds cliche but doesn’t quit, keep going no matter what gets thrown at you. It’s not easy and takes a lot of persistence but that’s what will get you to where you want to be. Be sure to set clear goals and intentions, so you don’t lose sight of the task at hand.

  1. How are you both disrupting your own industries with your own projects away from the Launch Project?

Time. When we work alongside small businesses and larger corporations, we don’t just aim to provide valuable services but to save time for our clients. The value of time is unparalleled to services that most businesses provide. 

  1. What do you see happening with The Launch Project in the years ahead after this initial competition?

We hope to continue The Launch Project and keep building a larger value proposition and network year after year. The more industry professionals we can join up with, the bigger the impact we can have on the winning entrepreneur. 

  1. What life motto do you each live by?

Brayden Gingrich – “Fear kills growth” – Gary Vaynerchuk. I sometimes struggle with the constant “what ifs”, but each day I realize that thinking this way only slows you down, and offers no value. Live in the moment, and don’t let fear run your life. Every “no” you get, is closer to that “yes”. 

Ali Smith – “You don’t find success in your comfort zone” all the best accomplishments and moments from my life came from places outside of my comfort zone. I had to take chances, risks, and get a little uncomfortable to be the greatest version of myself.

  1. How has COVID-19 impacted your own lives as young adults?

Brayden Gingrich – COVID-19 has taught me many valuable lessons. The most important is learning how to adapt to situations I can’t control. Luckily for us, the need for marketing has skyrocketed, and we are constantly looking at the safest ways to expand operations. 

Ali Smith – COVID-19 forced me to reprioritize and expect the unexpected. I always had this “picture perfect” idea of the path my business and personal life would follow, but have learned to not only expect but appreciate the things you can’t control.

Taylor is a graduate of the UCLA Department of Communication and writes about high profile CEOs, trending items, breaking news and everything else!

Join Disrupt Magazine

Become A Disrupt Contributor

Most Disruptive

Entrepreneurship9 months ago

Navy Veteran Davis Chris Takes the Music Industry by storm

In life, you need to break down anything that might be holding you back and change course if need be...

Entrepreneurship10 months ago

5 Disruptive Leaders Paving the Way in 2021

Where there is uncertainty, lies a whirlwind of opportunity. 2020 was the year that had entrepreneurs learn a great deal...

Politics1 year ago

Brock Pierce Wants To Disrupt The Two Party System And Be Your Next President

We don’t usually cover politics much here at Disrupt, but when Crypto billionaire and friend of the show, Brock Pierce...

Business1 year ago

John Mcafee – Predictions For The Future

John McAfee is a world-famous tech CEO, computer scientist, civil disobedience activist, privacy advocate, and pioneer of the commercial anti-virus...

Finance2 years ago

Gaby Wall Street – Teaching Latinas to Thrive During The Crisis

It’s no secret we are facing one of the most challenging financial times of the last few decades as we...

Entrepreneurship2 years ago

Tony Delgado – The #1 Entrepreneurship Movement In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican online market is in constant progress. With many entrepreneurs who are coming here to start a business, it...

Entrepreneurship2 years ago

Elena Cardone – The 10X Ladies Conference Is Declaring 2020 The Decade For Women

The next ten years are meant for women to continue growing their potential and succeeding in multiple areas, including business....

Marketing2 years ago

How Josh Elizetxe Built Snow Into a $40 Million Dollar Business

There is nothing quite like an entrepreneur’s determination when starting a business. That’s my original quote by the way (pun...

Entrepreneurship2 years ago

How Jason Capital Became A Self Made Millionaire By 24

Have you ever wanted to earn the respect of everyone who ever looked down on you at some point in...

Entrepreneurship3 years ago

Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is...


Copyright © 2020 Disrupt ™ Magazine - Disrupt is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company

Disrupt ™ is the voice of Latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. This Podcast was designed to give them a taste of that.