Black Lives Matter — Our community is responding.
In light of the recent statement by Foundervine, we wanted to highlight the ways the community in the United Kingdom has responded and also highlight some ways you can support be it through donation, discussion or volunteering.
What we have been doing?
Foundervine Presents: The Future of the Black Economy
Within the last few weeks, institutions of all kinds have pledged their support for the Black community, the Black…
As part of our #CommunityConnected series, Foundervine on the 23rd of June held The Future of the Black Economy, a panel discussion with community leaders from across education, civil society, entrepreneurship and investment to discuss how the business ecosystem can drive conversation, build community and “scale collective power”.
From this discussion, our Founding Director Izzy Obeng will shortly be releasing further actions from the discussion we held with the community and also steps going forward. Below we have also been so impressed with how organisations in our community and network have been responding and we wanted to highlight the efforts.
Supporting Black Lives Matter ✊🏾
You can show support to the Black Lives Matter official UK chapter:
Home - Black Lives Matter
For decades, we have been fighting to improve the material conditions of our lives. We have fought against and worked…
Ways You Can Help
A resource has been built where you can find all the information in regards to petitions, bail funds for different states, information and guidelines for protestors and any other information in regards to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Community Responds
Taking inspiration from SpaceX launching its Crew Dragon spacecraft in the same week, they have decided to launch the Mae Jemison Scholarship. Mae Jemison was the first Black astronaut to travel in space.
Manchester Codes is a coding school first and foremost, specialising in providing software development skills. They recognise and champion the need for wider diversity within the industry, in all of its forms.
You can find out more here:
The Rise of Black Communities in Tech: How to Mobilise, Influence and Ally
On Friday 5th June, YSYS brought together black community leaders in tech and allies to share how they support and empower their communities to mobilise, influence and ally.
If you missed this, YSYS will be hosting part 2: The Rise of Black Communities in Tech (Part 2): Beyond the hashtag — what’s next?
Black LGBTQIA Therapy Fund
The Black LGBTQIA Therapy fund is currently looking to fundraise £1000 to pay for therapy sessions for 2 Black LGBTQIA+ persons aged 18+. They will also be contacting a select number of LGBTQIA+ charities to find the 2 recipients of this fund.
Capital Enterprise committed £50,000 towards a Black-led organisation/group to establish and run a business angel syndicate dedicated to investing in the Black Founders of the UK registered tech startups. The call for action is open till the 6th of July and we are looking forward to seeing the impact this will have for founders in our community.
Kwanda has launched a series of initiatives aimed at supporting the Black community, here in the UK and also those abroad. You can view their recently published village report for the month of May and also find out how you can contribute to the community pot.
UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) — the UK trade body for angel and early-stage investment.
The UKBAA will be bringing together several leading players from our community on the 1st of July 2020, who are taking important action to build investment in black and minority ethnic founders. They will share their insights and perspectives on the issue and what we can do to support and amplify their initiatives. They will also discuss what further actions are needed to build a much more connected and diverse investment ecosystem for the future of finance. Speakers will include Rodney Appiah, Andy Ayim, Erika Brodnock, Daisy Onubogu and Izzy Obeng.
Aspire Education Group
Patricia Lamour MBE, CEO of Aspire Education Group recently announced the Aspire Education Group Post Lockdown National Survey Part 2: Black Teachers & Specialist Support Staff. Designed with educators and teachers in mind, they are looking to hear about some of the challenges and opportunities teachers are facing, and they would like to present these to policymakers and school leaders. You can access the survey here.
Stormzy pledges £10 Million over 10 years to tackling racism
“There are millions of us. We are not far and few. We have to fight against the odds of a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail from before we are even born.
Our work isn’t over, as a community we must respond. This list is in noway comprehensive of the work currently being done and we are happy to continue updating it and highlighting the work being done in the community. We want to hear from you about how we can support and work together during this time. Reach out to us at email@example.com and we will get back to you.