The University Of Kent Chapter welcomes Rahel Tesfai founder and CEO of FroHub and Simarjot Singh Judge founder and Managing Director of Judge Law to a Fireside chat where we aim to learn about their journeys as entrepreneurs within their respective fields.
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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Our monthly fireside chat provides ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.
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Rahel Tesfai, Founder and CEO of FroHub
Rahel Tesfai is the founder and CEO of FroHub, the booking and social platform empowering black women to find and book hair and beauty appointments online, by connecting afro hairstylists and beauticians with clients. When Rahel found that other black women were also experiencing frustration whilst trying to find hairstylists that caters to their hair type, it led her to start FroHub with the aim to reshape the hugely fragmented, offline, and under-served black hair industry. FroHub was one of only 10 female founded companies selected to take part in the London Google Startup Residency programme.
Rahel is a front-end developer, turned marketer, turned entrepreneur, and before devoting her work full-time to FroHub, she headed up digital and strategic marketing in global, established and disruptive start-up businesses. She has influenced and managed complex stakeholders at all levels, as well as building and nurturing high performance on-site and globally distributed teams.
Rahel is originally from Eritrea, but arrived in Sweden aged four as a refugee with her mother and siblings. She now lives in London, and when she’s not busy running a startup, she enjoys travelling, learning new languages (currently four languages under her belt) and has a keen interest in food and nutrition.
What started out as him wishing to simply service his own clients in a tiny office led to his building a team of 15 staff members within 6 months of opening. His journey since then has been nothing but extraordinary.
In 2017 he was nominated for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ by the Modern Law Awards and won ‘Highly Commended’. He realised there were still huge obstacles to overcome regarding diversity within this wonderful profession and did what he could to bridge the gap.
Since then he has been nominated for the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and ‘Rising Star of the Year 2018’ (Society of Asian Lawyers) and the ‘Rising Star of the Year – in Law’ award hosted by the London Asian Business Awards.
He was also an entrant in the Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. He has since been keynote speaker for the University of Hertfordshire’s annual Diversity Event and invited to be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at their annual ball.
2019 saw him nominated as ‘Civil Lawyer of the Year’ by the Asian Legal Awards. This followed Judge Law being named ‘Best Emerging Full-Service Law Firm – 2019.’
He is passionate about mentoring and ‘paying it forward’ and was nominated for the ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ and ‘Positive Role Model’ by the British Diversity Awards which were not only an honour but it was hoped that this would encourage his mentees to believe that they can go on to also achieve stellar things. For those that have managed to achieve their dreams, he views it incumbent on them to help the next generation work towards the same.
His principles in running the firm are simple. They follow two of the three principles of Sikhism: ‘Kirat Karo’ which translates to earning an honest living and ‘Vand Chhako’ which translates to share with the needy.
The love for his area of practice (family law with a particular emphasis on domestic violence) means that he continues to run his own caseload alongside the stresses of running a firm, managing employees and brain storming marketing strategies et al.