Investing in Black Founders Matters

Join us in conversation with Angels and VCs who are seeking to make a difference to the level of investment reaching black and minority ethnic founders.

We are in midst of a meaningful and powerful global moment, where attention is being drawn to the actions needed to dismantle systemic racism and increase opportunities for black and ethnic minority communities. Alongside this global call to action, we at UKBAA, want to shine the spotlight on the much needed conversation around what more can be done to increase investment in black and ethnic minority founders. We need to understand better why so few of these entrepreneurs are coming through our pipeline and why so few are making their way through to investment. We also need to understand why there remain very few investors from black and minority ethnic communities within our investment base. We also lack data and sufficient understanding of the core issues.

UKBAA is bringing together several leading players from our community here in the UK who are taking important actions to build more investing in black and minority ethnic founders who will share their insights and perspectives on these issues how we can support and amplify their initiatives, share good practice and experience and encourage much greater engagement across our community and what further actions are needed to build a much more connected and diverse investment ecosystem for the future of finance.

Join us on 1st of July at 11:00am for this round table as we discuss how investing in black founders really does matter.

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Meet our speakers:

Andy Ayim

Andy is the creator of The Angel Investing School, that trains professionals from all backgrounds on how to get started with investing in startups. He also consults organisations on how to set up their Product Management practises and sits on the Advisory Board of organisations committed to widening participation in tech for diverse talent.



Erica Brodnock

Erika is an award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, life coach, Research Fellow at King’s College London, and keynote speaker.

She is Sky News’ resident parenting expert; founder of software companies Karisma Kidz and Kami; a Non-Executive Director of The Good Play Guide; and advisor to several startups. Erika is also a Co-Founder at Extend Ventures CIC where she is leading pioneering research that aims to democratise access to venture finance for ethnically diverse entrepreneurs.


Rodney Appiah

Rodney is co-founder and Chairman of Cornerstone Partners, a leading angel network focused on black and diverse founders in the UK. Rodney has worked in venture capital for nearly a decade and has been involved in six exits during that

Rodney is a Director at Foresight Group, one of the UK’s leading and longest established investors in growing businesses, and was formerly a senior investor at the Business Growth Fund (BGF), one of the most active growth capital investment firms in the world.



Andy Davis

Andy is an Angel Investor and Founder of 10×10 – the group of black founders and investors in the UK. He invests at pre-seed on Atomico’s angel programme focused on diverse and black founders. 10×10 supports black founders with pitch meetings, office hours, 121 sessions, weekly hangouts, and safe spaces. 10×10 is raising a fund to invest in black founders: www.10×10.fund




Charmaine Hayden

Charmaine Hayden is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Before entering the world of Venture Capital as one of the only women of colour in VC in the UK to be a managing partner she was no stranger to kicking down diversity doors.

By the time Good Soil was founded Charmaine had already built 2 incredibly popular diversity brands (5x award winning ethnic/curve model agency – Face4music and Goal Digger power circle – a hub for female entrepreneurs) before many people were even thinking about braving the “diversity” conversation. She credited her thick skin and solution focused attitude to her tough upbringing.



Izzy Obeng

As founding director of Foundervine, Izzy leads a training consultancy that provides founders with access to training, mentoring and funding opportunities. Since 2018, Over 2,000 young people have been skilled by Foundervine programmes, £0.3m+ raised with 62% female participation. She is an experienced public speaker and has helped people grow at global brands such as Just Eat, Facebook, PwC, Google, AirBnB and more.



Gerrad Olisa-Ashar

Gerrad is co-founder of Diaspora Angel Network, a U.K based angel network that mentors and funds African focussed entrepreneurs. Gerrad’s background is in technology and for 20 years has helped businesses of all size deploy technology for transformation. He is also the CEO of Cyber Bridge Group – a cyber security consulting business.

Gerrad firmly believes that Angel Investors play a critical role in facilitating innovation that leads to socio-economic development.





Daisy Onubogu

Daisy is Head of Networks at Backed VC and D&I champion on the Investment Committee. She’s also an Advisor at Roam International, Emerge Conference, and a board director of global charity, Future Brilliance. Previously, she was in charge of curating mainstage speakers for Web Summit and its sister conferences. In a former life she was a trainee lawyer and co-founder of Refugee Info Network (a project around gathering EU asylum information to supply to refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais).


Date and time
01 July 2020
11:00 - 11:45
Venue Address
Zoom Webinar