Bring the Entrepreneurial Spark
Back Into the Community

From being able to grab a beer at the corner bar to having a job to which you can walk from your house, inviting entrepreneurs into your community provides a great return on investment.  Donate to this oddly optimistic bunch and they will give back tenfold.  Not only do they help grow the entrepreneurial community by nurturing other ventures, but they also invest in community projects and provide ample funds to charity.  Put simply, they know they can make their money back with a little hard work, so why not keep reinvesting it into their local economy?  Help them help you.

So many black kids aspire to be entertainers or professional athletes because those are the only role models they see that look like them. There are only 300 jobs in the NBA but an endless amount of opportunities as an entrepreneur. With enough hustle, entrepreneurship opens doors to a world of opportunities.

Troy Carter

We must create economic opportunity, build a culture of entrepreneurship, get people to take responsibility for improving their lives, rather than putting them in a position where they sit back in their poverty and blame others for it.

Paul Kagame

In America, the problems of poverty and low income, particularly for minorities, are disproportionately focused in the inner cities. Shining a spotlight on the businesses growing in these communities is proof that any community has the potential for entrepreneurship.

Michael Porter

By working to ensure we live in a society that prioritizes public safety, education, and innovation, entrepreneurship can thrive and create a better world for all of us to live in.

Ron Conway

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Peter Drucker

Successful entrepreneurship takes complete dedication and careful strategizing along with market analysis. Plus, successful startups provide countless benefits to a healthy economy and consumers in need.

Fabrizio Moreira

When you create more small businesses, you create small entrepreneurship. Out of that comes self-determination and employment.

Jesse Jackson
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Community Partners

Blackstone Launchpad (University at Buffalo)
Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SUNY Buffalo State)
Buffalo Urban League (Buffalo, NY)
The Foundry (Buffalo, NY)
Launch NY (Upstate NY)
Thought Into Action (Colgate University)

Third Estate Liaison

Joseph Greco Trapp, Esq.

Mr. Trapp is the founder of Third Estate Ventures, Inc., a charitable social venture focused on community empowerment through student debt forgiveness and the provision of workforce housing. He also provides legal services through his family’s law firm, Greco Trapp PLLC, where he focuses on corporate, nonprofit, and municipal law.

He is an alumnus of Nichols School, Colgate University, and the University at Buffalo School of Law. Mr. Trapp graduated law school manga cum laude with a concentration in Finance and Development. He focused his education on disruptive financial technologies, such as Bitcoin and crowdfunding, and community empowerment techniques, especially through housing. Mr. Trapp is intimately familiar with startup ventures, as he was selected for highly competitive incubator programs at both UB and Colgate. In his spare time, Mr. Trapp gives back to his alma matters by serving in various capacities and the Buffalo community, more generally.

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