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💡Issue #208: Mr Eazi's fund, Kevin Hart & Children in Needs with Stormzy

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Last week, applications closed for The Angel Investing School (AIS) which brought both feelings of ne
 

Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

July 20 · Issue #208 · View online
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Last week, applications closed for The Angel Investing School (AIS) which brought both feelings of nervousness and excitement as people start paying to secure their place.
Part of the nervousness comes from constant questions such as will people pay? how will the experience be? will the facilitators deliver quality? will I deliver quality? etc.
When these questions started to arise, I did an exercise called Post-mortems. This involves imagining that in 3 months time, imagine if the September AIS course fails terribly, list out all the things that could have went wrong.
This thought experiment allows me to list out all the risks and dependencies based on the worst-case scenario and surfaces all my anxieties too.
It’s a small but useful exercise that has put me at ease, going into this week.
Have a productive week.
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Founders Clinic podcast interviews Matt Pennycard from Ada Ventures.
FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Nerissa Zhang, CEO of The Bright App shares how VC firms promised to help Black founders. Her experience shows a different reality.
Jedidiah Duyile went from redundancy to making clothes for Kylie Jenner.
Blavity share open truths about how difficult it is to build a media company with the pressure of VC funding.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Children in Need match Stormzy’s £10m 10 year commitment to black led initiatives.
Mr. Eazi is raising $20 million to invest in African music creatives.
Disrupt Africa interviews Maya Horgan-Famodu, Partner at Africa-focused VC fund, Ingressive Capital.
Harry Stebbings goes from podcaster to leveraging his brand and network to launch a Micro-VC.
Kevin Hart Invests in Jamaican-Inspired Ellis Island Tea.
Luxury brand, A Cold Wall announces £25K grant scheme (£2.5K for 10 businesses) for black-owned businesses.
The Courier Fresh Fund created a US$50,000 fund that offers grants to Black founders, aged 25 and under, who have a business idea they want to get off the ground.
Power to Change are providing a £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme.
EVENTS 🎟️
Foundervine are hosting a Startup hackathon along with masterclasses on getting your finances right & raising funding for your business.
Founder Summit 2020 by Earnest Capital is a remote community of founders building calm profitable sustainable companies.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
The WBG YPP is a two-year leadership development program at the start of a five-year employment contract with the World Bank, IFC or MIGA.
Ohne, Femtech startup is hiring for a Finance Analyst.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
I’ve signed up to mentor 300 black businesses and you can too here.
The Guardian shares how Silicon Valley has deep pockets for African startups – if you’re not African.
Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh becomes IBM’s first woman Regional Head For Africa.
The FT features an article on how Black-owned businesses struggle to find investors.
Google announces 100,000 scholarships for online certificates in data analytics, project management and UX, taught by their employees.
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