With an unemployment rate reportedly as high as 60%, the Navajo Nation was deemed the last frontier for entrepreneurship by The Economist in 2008.
Despite a skilled and ready workforce, a wealth of business opportunities, many new businesses fail to register or sustain.
Many of these socioeconomic and environmental problems could be addressed through local business service providers, yet the lack of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and mentor networks on the Navajo Nation makes tackling the barriers a daunting task for people who may be inspired to start a business.
Ignited by our friends at Catapult Designs in 2013 and supported by many national and local groups, Change Labs explores how to overcome these barriers, new ways entrepreneurs are tackling these challenges in similar environments around the globe, and connect promising entrepreneurs with the mentors and resources they need to succeed.
Alphachimp has had the honor of participating as both graphic recorder and workshop facilitator at ChangeLabs since 2014.