At its core, OPEN Washington DC is a “platform for connecting people,” says President Farooq Cheema. And the D.C.-based chapter of this global nonprofit entrepreneurship network has been “connecting people” for 10 years now.
Specifically, during those 10 years, these people have primarily been members of the immigrant South Asian community — individuals who face a specific set of challenges when starting a business. Cheema himself told Technical.ly that he joined OPEN, initially, for the community component — to meet people who understood the issues he faced on a day-to-day basis.
But now, a decade in, OPEN Washington DC is working to expand its audience.