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💡Issue #194: Don't bail the startups, Startup Survival Advice & Black Enterprise Founder R.I.P


Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

April 13 · Issue #194 · View online

Your weekly newsletter on minorities in tech, venture and entrepreneurship 💫

Hope you all enjoyed the extended weekend and lovely weather despite our restrictions. Still so much to be grateful for.
This week represents the halfway mark for The Angel Investing School, so far already learning lessons on remote facilitation, responding to feedback and balancing communication with engagement.
Regarding feedback, it is so interesting at times how our knee-jerk reaction often is, “no.” “I don’t agree” “anger” “frustration” before we take a step back and say “thank you” “this is good to know” “I am grateful”.
I went through all of the above as I read feedback but still find it challenging when making decisions on “what to change based on feedback vs what do I keep the same despite the feedback.” This is the constant struggle every founder goes through when making decisions and I am not immune to these struggles either.
You can sign up to my upcoming Webinar with The British Library below on How to Stay Profitable During COVID-19.
PS. Encourage you to watch the TED Talk at the end of today’s newsletter.
Have a productive week

Denis Asamoah and Andy Ayim discuss Startup survival advice during this video interview.
BuildHer is a crowdfunding platform specifically for black women in business - it aims to help level the playing field.
#AskUltra have released an app for Entrepreneurship tuition for kids. Free during the lockdown period. Check it out!
Read why LoclGlobe’s Robin Klein says the UK Government should not set up a fund to bail out startups.
European VC firm Blossom is launching a $5m angel investment programme (not very diverse, but picking scale up founders of startups such as Transferwise)
Good Finance continue to share any updates, articles, programmes or schemes designed to support charities and social enterprises with financial resilience.
Rocket Internet sells stake in Africa ecommerce company Jumia.
Fast Grants are $10k to $500k grants for scientists at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding and decisions are made in under 48 hours.
Andy Ayim is hosting a Webinar on How to Stay Profitable During COVID-19 - Thursday, April 23, 2020.
Hustle Fund are hosting a Webinar on Cash Flow Management + Fundraising During Tough Times, April 15th at 4pm.
Lendoe are hosting a panel discussion with entrepreneurs who have pivoted their business models, content and more to survive and thrive during the crises.
Nauta Capital are hiring a 6 month Investment Analyst Intern at their London office.
Earl G. Graves, Sr., founder of Black Enterprise – the media company focused on black entrepreneurship and black businesses – died Monday at the age of 85.
Chloe I. Cooney shares this challenging article on the illusion of parenting full time whilst expected to work full time too.
Afua Hirsch shares data on the number of ethnic minority deaths due to COVID-19 and how the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities.
Thought provoking TED talk by Babatunde Rafiq Thurston. Great thought experiment.
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