Startup ‘Coach’ Derrick Duplessy ’03 Helps Young Urban Entrepreneurs (Bay State Banner)

Derrick Duplessy ’03

Derrick Duplessy ’03, founder of an organization that helps young entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston area, was profiled by Sandra Larson in The Bay State Banner. He set up the Duplessy Foundation in 2009 “to assist those particularly like himself: children of immigrants forging their own paths.”

Speaking at a recent networking event in Boston, Duplessy—whose parents emigrated from Haiti—described himself thus: “I’m a coach. I work with startups and with artists. The big thing is, there are still many of you that could be doing so much better.” In the last few years, Duplessy said he’s helped people raise $2.6 million through Kickstarter.

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