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🔥Issue #225: Kuda, Unconventional Ventures & JN Bank

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Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

November 16 · Issue #225 · View online
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Honoured this week to be among the future 40 Diversity & Inclusion Leaders voted by Real Deals and PER.
Been reflecting this week of the small ways we can help others who may be facing difficulty through the pandemic. From providing an ear to listen to donating money to a cleaner, waitress or events industry solopreneur because you know times may be tough for them.
As we slowly approach the end of this truly eventful year, I recognise that I am not as accessible as I used to be for coffee catch ups or meetings. However, I will always reply to an email and help where I can.
So reach out if I can be helpful 😊
Have a productive week.
PS. Congrats to Lewis Hamilton on the 7th World Title! 🏆

Andy Ayim is speaking about fundraising tomorrow at this public free session by Brunel University.
FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Black Health Tech Founders list, check out over 70 companies founded by Black entrepreneurs.
Hatch Enterprise have a number of programmes available for bootstrapped entrepreneurs (deadline 16th Nov).
Nigeria’s Kuda raises $10M to be the mobile-first challenger bank for Africa.
Founder Tribes is offering free support to founders who want feedback on their pitches (and underlying business plans).
Merky Books are publishing a new book by Bola Sol titled, How To Save It.
Talis Capital have launched a free knowledge hub for founders.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Business Insider share the top 100 rising stars in Venture Capital for 2020.
Unconventional Ventures launches new “open to all” microfund. 
Spearhead launches $100M fourth fund to transform founders into top-notch VC investors
Chamath Palihapitiya launches SC Emerging Managers, to nurture investors from non-traditional backgrounds.
Seedcamp close fund 5 with £78m and announced their 4th unicorn, Hopin.
Pietro Invernizzi shares a Twitter thread on lessons learned for operators at startups. 
EVENTS 🎟️
Serena Ventures and Female Founders Fund are hosting office hours for Black and Latinx female founders.
Cornerstone have partnered with Green Angel Syndicate to showcase the importance of Climate Change and the startups alleviating the issue.
Morgan Mercer are holding a Masterclass on scaling Operations.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
Omers Ventures is hiring an analyst and associate. They are interested in candidates without investing experience (rare for a VC to state).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
Charity Donation: Crowdfunding to support 500 girls in rural African communities overcome period poverty.
The Guardian shares how Baby Shark enabled a UK label to support young Black music artists.
JN Bank is the first Caribbean bank to launch in the UK.
Dan Rose shares some wise lessons from his career at Amazon.
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