We had the good fortune of connecting with Elesha Jacobs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elesha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business stemmed from reaching the top of my career of managing an Information Communication and Technology department for an international organization and realizing that there was more to my gifts, skills, and talent as a Technologist. Feeling frustrated going into the corporate office each day and hating my passion and love for technology drove me to make a bold and unconventional change to start my own business helping small businesses leverage the power of technology.
What should our readers know about your business?
I fell in love with technology and computers at the age of 11 years and my passion for learning how the computer works were the driving force behind my success as a corporate IT professional. I left high school with the sole intention to acquire as many certifications in the technology field, and I did so passionately.
Shortly after high school, I attended college to complete my Diploma in Computer Science studies which afforded me the opportunity to land my first job at a computer school. I taught hundreds of students the foundational level of computing, accounting professionals in computerized accounting software, and prepared students to become certified computer and networking technicians. During this time, I was studying and acquiring my CompTIA and Microsoft certifications,
Years later, I landed my dream job of building and managing an ICT infrastructure and that journey was difficult because I was advancing in an industry dominated by men. Many of my male counterparts would tease me and even some tried to discourage me from progressing into the networking field.
During these years, I acquired hands-on experience in business management and qualifications but every position I held was in a managerial post and at that time I did not realize I was preparing to manage my own business one day.
Over the years, those I’ve worked with told me to start a side hustle leveraging my skills but I was not interested, and in 2019 everything changed when I dislocated my knee in the gym, and in the process of healing I realize that staying in corporate was not for me and I had to make a change and Innovategy Solutions® was birthed.
Innovategy Solutions® was founded in 2019 to help businesses leverage the power of technology through strategic planning and IT infrastructure building.
We provide IT strategies and consulting for businesses that need to operate in the online space by leveraging systems and automation. Our unique approach to implementing technology into businesses comes from my years of corporate expertise and unique gift of strategic planning that aligns with a company’s goal.
Our mission is to harness the power of technology to build sustainable businesses in the marketplace. Our vision is to impact, empower, and digitally transform businesses into thriving corporations with technology at its core.
Coming into full-time entrepreneurship was a leap of faith and I thank God every day for giving me the discipline, vision, and ability to serve other businesses with my unique gifts, skills, and talent.
It’s always a challenge as a black woman in the technology industry and I made up my mind at the age of 18 that I have a love for technology and I deserve to be in this industry despite what my male counterparts said or did.
Technology comes naturally to me and in any difficult situation from corporate or entrepreneurship, this passion helps me easily overcome obstacles.
There are so many lessons I am learning and the one thing I had to learn early is that not everyone will support your vision.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s so much to do and places to visit in Charlotte, NC. So this would be an adventure for both of us. From visiting uptown and lounges, having brunch on the rooftop patio of Fahrenheit, hanging out at the boardwalk in the university area, shopping at Northlake or Concord Mills Malls, and enjoying some Guyanese food from my aunt.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank God for allowing me to serve through my gifts and surrounding me with family and friends who supported my decision to leave the corporate arena and come full-time into entrepreneurship.
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