Born and bred on the south-side of Chicago, Derrius marched through 13 years of foster care after losing his father to violence and being separated from his mother to become a first-generation cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, securing over $1 Million in scholarships before leaving high school. A serial entrepreneur, web designer, keynote speaker, and author; he is unapologetic about using technology and business to improve Black Lives. His first book, Million Dollar Scholar: Winning The Scholarship Race has assisted thousands of students across the globe increase their knowledge of how to make higher education more affordable through scholarships and grants and his business ventures have collectively impacted the lives of over 15,000 marginalized youth in America.
He is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of BREAUX Capital – a fintech company that is helping the 70% of Black millennials (starting with Black men) who would not be able to afford a $1,000 financial emergency enhance their financial health through a powerful combination of software that automates savings behavior and education through a peer community. He is also the Founder and CEO of Million Dollar Scholar, an education technology social enterprise helping low-income high school students acquire scholarships to pursue higher education as well as the Founder and Lead Web Designer of DQ and Partners, a web design agency.
A driving force behind Derrius’ inspiration is a humbling honor he received from Harry Belafonte at The Common Ground Gala hosted by musician and actor, Common in 2012. Mr. Belafonte said to the audience that “Derrius is the dream Dr. King and I as well as so many others fought for...”. Derrius now carries the torch that will touch many lives along his journey.
In 2015, he was honored by Barack Obama at the White House for his activism in expanding educational access and his work has been highlighted by The Associated Press, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, CNN, MTV, Time Magazine, and BET amongst others. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at TED.
DERRIUS' JOURNEY TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP