Founded in 2021, the Do-Or-Dier Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Dyrdek Machine that aims to fulfill the organization’s broader mission of impacting the way the world creates businesses by working to create a more equitable landscape for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Through grants, programming, and strategic partnerships, we support entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities, by providing them with access to the capital, network, and resources necessary to bring their ideas to life.
The Do-Or-Dier Foundation is dedicated to unlocking the full potential of those who are often overlooked. We believe that people have the power to create their own destiny through fortitude, grit and determination, but understand that opportunity not equally distributed in our world. We are focused on changing this reality by empowering underestimated entrepreneurs at the ideation stage.
According to a recent study, the #1 predicting factor for the success of an entrepreneur is the wealth of the founder’s parents.
Only 8% of minority entrepreneurs pitched to angel investors last decade.source
77% of all US venture funding is concentrated in three major markets (CA, NY & MA).source
Formerly incarcerated individuals are 45% more likely to become entrepreneurs.source
New black-owned businesses start with almost 3x less in business funding.source
People have the power to create their own destiny through fortitude, grit and determination. Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.
The best entrepreneurs do a lot with very little. They don’t wait to start and use everything within reach to move their idea forward by any means necessary.
Talented people shouldn't be blocked from fulfilling their vision simply because society gives them a lack of access to resources, knowledge and opportunity.
Humanity deserves the best, most innovative ideas. Our society misses out on many of these ideas by consistently underestimating the greatest talent.
Do-Or-Diers have a desire to achieve success. Beyond just an idea an entrepreneur must, at their core, have an unwavering desire to realize their vision. They must never stop pushing forward to achieve this vision.
Do-Or-Diers show courage in adversity. Being an entrepreneur is an extraordinarily difficult and trying process . It is essential to be able to weather the chaos to achieve success.
Do-Or-Diers have a firmness of purpose. A great entrepreneur must be completely committed to their vision and why they must achieve it. They will stop at nothing to bring their vision to life.
Do-Or-Diers show resolve and strength of character. In order to create a successful business an entrepreneur must have an iron will that serves as their strength to push through setbacks and never give up.
The Do-Or-Dier Foundation will focus on 3 target demographics and curate specific programming based on their unique needs
Youth from underrepresented communities.
Provide tools and support to inspire youth to bring ideas to life.
Women & POC from underrepresented communities.
Provide strategic guidance to accelerate growth of companies.
Formerly incarcerated individuals.
Provide a safe space to take ideas to the next level in the market.
Help us to create a more equitable landscape for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
A portion of the proceeds of all sales goes to the Do-Or-Dier Foundation.