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💡Issue #223: PayPal, Diversity Beyond Gender & Black Voices in Venture

From frustration to gratitude Grateful this week to be featured in a FinTech documentary and two podc

Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

November 2 · Issue #223 · View online
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From frustration to gratitude
Grateful this week to be featured in a FinTech documentary and two podcasts (all below). Although the UK has returned to lockdown, this presents a great opportunity for us all to reflect, connect the dots and start our 2021 planning early.
There is so much outside of our sphere of influence as shown throughout this pandemic, however we can focus on proactively reflecting and planning to ensure we influence the small number of things we actually can.
Extend Ventures have released a report that shows the lack of VC investment in black-owned startups in the last 10 years (below). I am grateful that I continue to address this problem in the work I do.
Have a productive week.

Innovate UK and BBC Storyworks publish Crises to Catalyst, a documentary exploring the the challenges from the 2008 crash to the financial downturn today.
Out of Hours interview Andy Ayim to talk about everything from monetising projects to detailed steps on how to get started.
D-Tech Fund interview Andy Ayim to learn more about his backstory, starting the Angel Investing School and more for the podcast.
Extend Ventures share a new UK report on Diversity beyond Gender that highlights, between 2009 and 2019, just 0.24% of venture capital went to teams of Black entrepreneurs — 38 businesses in total.
The Guardian profiles a number of black-owned startups we can support such as Vitae London and Afrocenchix.
Diversity VC publish a number of influential UK Black voices.
Arthell Isom, founder of the first black-owned Anime studio in Japan.
SheEO Ventures have applications open for 0% interest loans for female entrepreneurs. 
645 Ventures closes $160 million Fund III & announces the Connected Network.
Impact America Fund closes $55M to invest in startups targeting the world’s overlooked founders.
PayPal is putting $50 million in Black- and Latino-led venture capital firms.
Andreessen Horowitz announce the alpha cohort for the Talent x Opportunity Initiative.
LISC have invest in Fearless Fund to increase access to venture capital for minority women entrepreneurs.
BLCK VC NYC Path program announce their 2020 fellows.
Color in Tech are hosting an 8-week pre-accelerator for underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Startup Grind and AWS are hosting Investor Office Hours for Black Founders which will be on the 12th November.
YSYS and Innovate UK are hosting FoundersDoor Investor Lounge on 10th November. 
The Debut Sessions are hosted monthly to provide founders with feedback and access to VC investors.
AccelerateHer & Female Founders Hours are giving away £5k and £20k of Facebook credits.
Avon’s beauty in colour competition is giving away up to £20k to women of colour.
Startup Grants: Ask the Expert with Christine Adams, an Innovate UK grant writer with a 97% success rate on 3rd November.
YC are hosting a free, 6-week online course for aspiring startup founders, starting 9th November.
London Sport are hiring for a Digital Project Manager.
Kevin Hart and Charlamagne tha God announce Audible partnership to amplify Black Voices.
How Google Cloud’s Kelsey Hightower became one of the most respected people in cloud computing.
Black Women in Asset Management calls on industry to build anti-racist portfolios and tackle discrimination.
The Guardian share how Governments are failing Black students – and rappers are picking up the slack.
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