Scaling Your Startup After Success


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Show Overview:

Melanie Elturk, co-founder and CEO of Haute Hijab, talks to Amy Millman, a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small about her stellar deed round success. Melanie talks about co-founding Haute Hijab along with her husband and the challenges of scaling after they secured $2.3 million in seed financing to help accelerate growth. How do you keep your culture and still grow?


About GFGF:

The Get Found Get Funded podcast is at the intersection of entrepreneurship and social justice where we focus on entrepreneurship as a possible path to wealth creation — specifically for Black and Latinx communities.


Featured Guest(s): Melanie Elturk & Amy Millman

Melanie Elturk:

Amy Millman:

Key Takeaways: 

  • If you find an opportunity market, cater to it, such markets don’t come along very often.
  • You get the hang of entrepreneurship, despite not loving every part of it. 
  • Set up the right processes early on so that you can scale.



1:00: Intro

3:45: How Amy got into investment and more about her company Springboard, 

12:01: What inspired Melanie’s career change? 

15:30: What it’s like to work with one’s husband.  

29:00: Challenges Melanie is facing in the business


Items Mentioned in the Show:

Springboard : (Amy’s Women investing company)

Quotes from the Show:

  • “As an entrepreneur you’ve struck gold when you can find an actual void in fashion.” - Melanie Elturk
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