Episode 1: Black ANTepreneurship
Updated: Apr 15
Our first episode focuses on Black student entrepreneurs and their unique journeys to success.
Featured on Episode 1 of Black Fam...
DeRonte Craig was born in Washington, D.C. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Irvine. Craig received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from Bowie Sate University. While attending Bowie, he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Craig is the founder of two startup companies geared towards helping underrepresented groups: The Gentleman's Toolbox and Mary's Little Helper.
Chris Okeani is a proud Nigerian American from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Okeani is a fourth year student at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently enrolled in the School of Social Sciences and is pursuing a B.A. in Business Economics. He is the founder and creative director of the clothing brand ArinzeWrldWide. Aside from being an aspiring designer, he also expresses his creativity through drawing and graphic artwork.
Jaune Odombrown is the founder of UCI's ANTrepreneur Center. Mr. Odombrown has been educated in business and entrepreneurship receiving his Entertainment Business Bachelor’s degree from the renowned Los Angeles Film School, Business Management degree from Argosy University and obtaining a Master’s degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Full Sail University in Florida. He is the co-founder of Rock the Base (RTB), a military veteran owned Live Entertainment Touring Company, which creates, manages, and promotes live entertainment on military installations throughout the United States and abroad. He also founded Smartpreneur, Inc., in 2017 which is an Entrepreneurship Development Agency dedicated to creating the conditions in which entrepreneurs can develop the skills necessary to start, run, grow or scale their business. His overall mission is to create a world where every person has the proper entrepreneurship education, mentorship, and guidance needed to navigate their entrepreneur journey.