Hi! My name is Erika Lucas. I'm a mom, startup founder, early-stage investor and recovering economic developer.
I was born in Mexico into a family of boostrapped entrepreneurs who launched businesses not because it was cool but out of necessity. I've seen the dignity entrepreneurship brings to an individual and I believe that increasing the participation of traditionally overlooked founders is the fastest way to achieve economic mobility.
I often speak about the missed opportunity of investing in women
and people of color.
"You can tell Erika is committed to growing the density of startups in her region. She is warm and engaging from the start. She immediately connects with the audience when she shares her family's stories of entrepreneurialism. She has a fire inside her to make a difference in her community."
Jenny LaCorte Bailey
Founder, JLB Style
"Erika's entrepreneurial spirit is a true magnet for founders and investors. She has mastered the science of collaboration by building authenticity and trust across ecosystems."
Head of Sustainability,
Pine Bridge Investments
"Erika brings to life the power of entrepreneurship with her story. Understanding the opportunities that are available to new founders, immediately had me thinking about the best avenue to ensure my business success. Her expertise is evident and her delivery style makes even difficult concepts easy. She and her husband Chris will ignite a spark in your entrepreneurial heart."
Founder, Imagine Miracles
"Don't waste your time preaching to the status quo, because the people who benefit the most from the status quo are going to be the most ardent supporters of it."
My husband and I launched StitchCrew because we strongly believe the fastest way to close wealth gaps and achieve economic mobility is by increasing the participation of traditionally overlooked entrepreneurs. In partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder we run an accelerator program to connect traditionally overlooked founders with capital, resources and social networks.
I also host a podcast highlighting entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers in the middle of the country.
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