Interview with Sarah Burgaud

Interview with Sarah Burgaud

Interview with Sarah Burgaud, Chief Operating Officer at Calso Community

Special Distinction - 2016 FABA Startup of the year category.

Calso is a Bay Area nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the greatest barriers disadvantaged populations face on their path to success.


Can you describe your FABA experience in three words? 

Exciting, Rewarding and Challenging

What advice can you give to future FABA startup nominees?

I advise nominees to prepare their pitch in advance and to strongly focus on data and results.

Can you share some exciting news for Calso since last year's FABA?

We are excited to share that we are opening new training centers supporting unemployed populations to start careers in the commercial drone industry in Europe, replicating Drones & Good (our training program developed in California for unemployed veterans). After bringing our workforce development expertise from France to Silicon Valley two years ago, we are now able to design and implement innovative programs here in the Bay Area and to bring them back to Europe, capitalizing on the opportunity to be based in the Bay Area and working with growing tech employers.

Looking ahead, what are some of your new challenges and goals for the coming months

We are excited to be assessing the feasibility on how to scale our workforce development and training operations in new states in the U.S., setting up a franchise/ license model. As a non-profit organization, we hope to be able to find a model that can easily be used in the future by other social enterprises and non-profit organizations for a successful replication of social impact projects.

Thanks to Sarah for her time and support.

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