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Starting From Square One: Idea Validation

Thursday, February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm • Organized By Venture Cafe St. Louis
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On the 4th week of each month, CET invites experts and experienced entrepreneurs to share the building blocks to get your small business off the ground.

We all want our ideas to succeed, unfortunately, only a fraction of our ideas make it big. Think of Airbnb and Uber as ideas that people were doubtful at first but there are also ideas that makes sense but never get off the ground.

In this conversation, Darnell of Simply foster  will share his lessons learned and his own process of validating his own business idea and Devon of CEOMom Empire will share some tools and key takeaways that you can use to decide if your idea has real potential.


Devon Moody-Graham
Devon Moody-Graham, MBA is a business and community leader dedicated to seeing a positive shift in economic development through entrepreneurship especially in underserved communities. She’s has worked with over 500+ businesses and 15,000 youth and young adults in entrepreneurship and professional training over the last 12 years to bring awareness to the feasibility of wealth building despite challenges. She has served on a select White House committee on technology and entrepreneurial resource access. Her talents took her to Paris, France in 2019 to branch her mom community to other areas of the world and inspire other to move forward despite self- doubts. She is the Chief Solutions Officer of CEOMom Empire LLC and Lead Strategist in Business Development to several companies, non-profits, and universities. Her experience and partnerships have brought over $4M in capital to small businesses. Devon created a community for mothers that aspire to start businesses and develop professionally called CEOMom which landing her a spot as a finalist in the SCORE and Sam’s Club America’s Small Business Championship competition in 2018. She inspires others to action.

Darnell Brown
Darnell was raised in a family that joined in the work of foster care and now is a third-generation foster parent, along with his wife Anitra. His favorite life’s mantra “Empathy is my superpower.” He desires to channel the empathy that he has to help make more secure futures for the world’s most vulnerable children. Professionally, Darnell’s experience in the innovation community has added to his knowledge of technology, entrepreneurship, and community partnerships. He has developed a niche for navigating innovation spaces, networking, business development, and relationship management

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