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💡Issue #235: Atomico Angels, Black Founders List & Debut Sessions

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Last week it was announced that I have been selected to join the Atomico Angel Programme 2021. This m
 

Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

February 8 · Issue #235 · View online
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Last week it was announced that I have been selected to join the Atomico Angel Programme 2021. This means that over the next 12 months I’ll be investing up to 100k in startups across Europe alongside an impressive cohort of angel investors. Still reflecting on an investment thesis to experiment with but three areas of interest for me are startups solving problems across:
  • Income inequality
  • Climate change
  • Infrastructure technology (think Checkout, GitHub etc)
I’ll also be leaning on my existing network (all of you 🤓) and my product management background.
On another note, looking forward to seeing some of you tonight at The Open Day for The Angel Investing School (sign up here).
For those interested in joining the April cohort, we have 10 places left, you can secure your place here.
One last thing, we updated the mission for The Angel Investing School to:
Our mission is to get more women and people of colour on the cap tables of successful startups.
Let me know what you think!

FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Starling Bank feature black-owned Bespoke Binny in the spirit of the power of collaboration in business.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Backstage Capital set a record with the fastest $1M equity raise on Republic.
Debut Sessions introduced The Ascension ASA enabling new investors to invest as little as £2K alongside them.
Acrew Capital’s Diversity Capital Fund wants to bring more diverse LPs to growth-stage investing.
The Black Founders List provides insight into the VCs that back the most black founders.
Nike UK – in cooperation with King Baudouin Foundation – is launching the Black Community Commitment London to provide grants of £5K - £20K.
EVENTS 🎟️
Andy Ayim will be speaking at the Oxford Said Entrepreneurship Forum taking place on 26 February 2021.
Enterprise Nation presents Amazon Bootcamp for Black-owned businesses - Tuesday, 16 February 2021.
Power to Black Founders: Office Hours are accepting applications.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
Somerset House is hiring a freelance Project Coordinator for their Exchange + Black Business programme.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
The FT share how Black representation at top of FTSE 100 companies falls to zero.
Dr Tsitsi Chawatama has been announced as the Chair of teh Board for Save the Children.
OneTech are sponsoring five places on The Angel Investing School.
BBC News share how the PM’s minority adviser Samuel Kasumu offered to quit over ‘division’.
The Guardian share that decades progress on extreme poverty now in reverse due to COVID.
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