As Black Enterprise prepares for this year’s Entrepreneurs Summit taking place May 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, we celebrate innovators like Amos Winbush, who’ve come through the summit’s doors and have contributed tremendously to expanding global success today. “I’m driven by responsibility and my passions are for family, literacy, and increasing access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for everyone, but specifically for African Americans,” he says. “So, my involvement allowed me to remain true to those values.”
Honored with the Innovator of the Year Award in 2010 at the summit (then called the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference), Winbush is one of the youngest and brightest CEOs in the tech industry. A self-made millionaire before the age of 30, he quickly grew his company, CyberSynchs, into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
“You don’t have to be in technology to create something accessible and game changing,” he said. “Look around your everyday life at technologies or utilities, and ask ‘How can I make this better?’ Then, research and find out how to bring that product to market. It’s not just about money; it’s about how you can innovate because you need this tool. The question I ask myself is ‘how can I create a product that is valuable and usable?’”
In 2012, the reluctant television star’s appearance on ABC’s Secret Millionaire found him posing as a broke musician finding who was worthy of receiving his support and donation. Describing the experience as “cathartic” with no access to family or technology other than an AM/FM radio for 8 days, today Winbush continues to focus on giving back. His goal is to bring others forward to the place of success he remains today. “No one is going to live your dream the way that you are actually expecting it to be,” he points out. “You have to be the person that sets that expectation, follows through with it and delivers results.”
The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide is set for May 13-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/es/. Join us at the Entrepreneurs Summit, Where Innovation and Capital Meet.