This month, Startup Grind is celebrating Black Leaders Month in partnership with Google for Startups. Our Chapters in the UK are hosting a special event featuring founders from Google for Startups Immersion: Black Founders cohort. In addition to the panel, we will also be having a discussion with the authors of The Black Report, Andy Davis (Investor and Co-founder 10x10) and Anika Henry (Operations and Community Manager, Google for Startups).
The Google for Startups Immersion for Black founders is a three-month remote program for Seed to Series A technology startups based in Europe and the UK. The program is designed to bring the best of Google’s products, people and technology to Black founders. Being part of the cohort provides founders with the opportunity to learn from their peers and share learnings, challenges, wins and losses. Partnering experienced Googlers with selected Black-founded startups from the local ecosystem, this program is designed to better prepare Black founders to grow their businesses or raise their next rounds while further advancing their leadership skills.
We'll be joined by 4 of the founders from the cohort who'll share their startups journey and how they are leveraging the best of Google to scale their startups. They include Elizabeth Nyeko (Founder, Modularity Grid), Rachael Corson (Co-founder, Afrocenchix), Tomide Adesanmi (Co-founder, Circuit Mind) and Oyin Solebo (Co-founder MoveMeback).
The Black Report authored by 10x10 in partnership with Google for Startups, is the first qualitative report on Black startup founders in the UK. In our fireside chat with the authors, Andy Davis (Investor and Co-founder 10x10) and Anika Henry (Operations and Community Manager, Google for Startups), we'll be discussing some of the key findings from the report.
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Previously co-founded Mandulis Energy, a renewable energy infrastructure developer that is backed by African Development Bank, KfW, UNCDF and others. Elizabeth is on the MIT Tech Review 35 Under 35 Innovator list. She started her career with investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, and has also worked in academic research at Imperial College London. She is an Oxford University alum.
Rachael is Co-Founding Managing Director at Afrocenchix: an award winning scale up creating safe, effective, vegan products for Afro & curly hair. She’s spoken at hundreds community organisations, schools and universities, as well as global organisations including: Google Campus; Facebook; UCL; Brunel; the University of Birmingham; No Bull Business School; and Jamelia's Table; and appeared on London Live & the BBC. As a public speaker, Rachael is best known for her winning pitch to celebrity judges including P. Diddy, Gary Vee, Vanessa Kingori (publishing director at British Vogue) and Ashton Kutcher at the WeWork Creator awards two days before giving birth. She's a mother of two aspiring to fit 8 hours of sleep into her schedule!
Rachael studied at the Institute of Trichologists. She holds an LLB hons from the University of Birmingham and an MSc from UCL in Medical Anthropology, with a dissertation completed at the University of Cambridge Medical School. Her interests include business, health, education, technology and ethics. With a background in trichology, Rachael writes myth busting blogs about afro hair and runs workshops and webinars to educate the Afrocenchix community. When she's not raising her babies or leading creative and diverse team towards realising the global vision at Afrocenchix, Rachael plays the guitar, runs and writes sci fi.
Tomide is Circuit Mind's CEO. He is an electronic systems engineer who built high integrity augmented reality displays for jet fighter pilots at BAE Systems, before starting Circuit Mind.
Oyin Solebo is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive global change. As co-founder of Movemeback, she is on a mission to build a world where anyone can access opportunity anywhere. Specifically, through Movemeback and associated initiatives Oyin is committed to driving the creation of 500 million new jobs in Africa by 2036. Oyin graduated with distinction from London Business School with an Executive MBA and London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics. She was formerly an Investment Associate in Goldman Sachs’ Private Wealth Management division. She then joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Lagos, helping them launch into Sub-Saharan Africa, before returning to London to become an Investment and Relationship Manager for various family offices. From a young age Oyin has been passionate about the performing arts. Despite her Nigerian heritage, Oyin can still easily be distracted by cake and a cup of tea!
Richard (email@example.com) is a former lawyer, turned entrepreneur. He worked at one of the top law firms in the world, ran his own sneaker hedge fund, coached the England debate team, and is now trying to build Robin AI.
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Phin Mpofu is a senior executive at Startup Grind, the world's largest startup community, where he leads the Partner Success and Global Chapter Community teams. His achievements in the community and entrepreneurial space have been recognised by being awarded the CMX Professional of the Year in 2021 and being listed on The Maserati 100.