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💡Issue #240: Verzuz Acquired, Shaquille O’Neal & Passion Capital

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Andy Ayim on Minorities in Tech

March 15 · Issue #240 · View online

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Earlier this year, I was selected for The Atomico Angel Programme and never realised:
a) how hard it would be so challenging finding time to speak to startups
b) how hard it would be to have true conviction over startups to invest in
We all have our biases but I love leaving a meeting with founders feeling like, “I want to join this team or really would love to use this product.” It is a rare feeling but I hope I find it.
Have a productive week.

FROM THE STARTUPS 🚀
Trim-it, the mobile barbershop business that has raised $1.1 million to transform the industry.
Shaquille O’Neal launches a new Ad agency focused on diversity.
Verzuz, the music series has been acquired By Triller Network.
Flutterwave, the African payments company raises $170M, now valued at over $1B.
FROM THE INVESTORS 💸
Goldman Sachs invests $10 Billion In New ‘One Million Black Women’ Initiative.
Passion Capital opens up its latest fund to investors who can invest a minimum of £1,000.
Amazon Launchpad is a programme created to support entrepreneurs with grants up to €100,000.
EVENTS 🎟️
Black Business Incubator has launched at Somerset House offering a 12 month programme for startups.
Playfair Capital is hosting another edition of their Female Founders Office Hours on 6th May. Startups apply now.
Niantic’s Black Developers Initiative is a program established to support, mentor and finance Black game development teams for the purpose of building real-world AR games.
Eagle Labs funding readiness event powered by Capital Enterprise on various dates.
HERmesa are hosting a fireside chat with Matt Pennycard from Ada Ventures.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES 💼
Giant Ventures is hiring for a Senior Associate.
British Business Bank are hiring for its summer internship programme in June.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 👩🏿‍💻
Ex-Credit Suisse CEO Thiam raises $300 million for Upsized SPAC.
The art of turning $25 million into $560 million (incredible story).
London State School receives more Oxbridge offers than Eton College for the first time.
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