Entrepreneur Profile: Aaron Robles
Founders Spark | Startup Incubator | Fort Wayne, IN
Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born in Mexico in 1991. My family immigrated to the United States (Texas) when I was only a few months old. From there, we made the move to Fort Wayne, Indiana when I was 4 years old and my younger brother was only a few months old. As a family with no proper documentation or the ability to speak English, it was a radical lifestyle change. We slowly adapted to life in America, where I learned English and grew up. I became an entrepreneur out of necessity. Now a DACA recipient, I was unable to work or drive legally until I was 23. I wasn't able to hold traditional jobs like others so I had to find other ways to make income.
What inspired your business? These challenges followed me through adulthood, but through a helpful community of mentors I was able to not only grow but flourish. These experiences taught me the importance of a network and access to resources. I am taking those lessons and making them into a structured business to help as many people as I can achieve the American Dream in the same way I have. I'm looking to establish a community focused on giving and providing value for the sake of helping others.
Founders Spark is an organization dedicated to introducing new and aspiring entrepreneurs, hustlers, and go-getters into the startup community as well as providing them the tools they need to succeed. We are committed to helping anyone who is at the beginning stages of their business or simply have an interest in becoming an entrepreneur no matter their background.
Our programs focus on three pillars: education, mentorship, and resources. Providing entrepreneurs with this increases their opportunity to succeed by giving them access to the tools they need to sustain and grow their business. Enabling the success of the entrepreneur not only helps them, but creates job opportunity for the local community and cultivates a prosperous and growing city.
Dreams/plans for the future: Our goal for Founders Spark is to grow our programs to become powerful resources for future entrepreneurs to be able to use to launch their ventures and provide the support needed on such a demanding journey. From there, we're looking to focus on distributing a lot of this content online so that we can reach a national audience and provide resources and support for people throughout the country and eventually the world.