Black Entrepreneurship

Erick Mathelier, Cofounder of William & Park


“I was first introduced to entrepreneurship at the age of twelve while living in Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time, I had no concept of what entrepreneurship was since no one in my family was an entrepreneur, but I had this random idea to build a sports complex where people could come together to play all types of sports under one roof. You can think of it as the precursor to what became “Chelsea Piers”. This was my accidental introduction to entrepreneurship.

Fast forward to the present, my motivation to start my own business stems from an innate feeling that this is what I was meant to do. I’ve worked in corporate america for years, and I’ve never felt fulfilled, but starting my own business has filled that missing void. Also, it seems like since the age of twelve, I’ve had the itch that has never gone away to build a company from the ground-up.”


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