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Monthly Round-Up: November

We’re nearly at the end end of 2020 and we’ve had another exciting month with insightful events, #CreativityWorks workshops, interviews & more. We can’t wait to share it with you. Let’s go 🚀

FoundersDoor Investor Lounge — A HUGEE success!

Before we get into how amazing our #FoundersDoorLounge was we’d like to give a massive shout-out to our Investor Partners Atomico, bp Ventures, Forward Partners, Cornerstone Partners and Salesforce Ventures for their participation and the excellent advice they gave to founders. We’d also like to thank the panel speakers Andy Ayim MBE (Angel Investing School), Shosh Shetty (Bagboard), Esme Verity (Atmos and Zebras Unite), Jonny Voon (Innovate UK) and workshop host, Nana Parry, CEO and Founder of Tectonic London.

FoundersDoor Investor Lounge was set up in partnership with Innovate UK as a means of facilitating relationship-building between diverse founders and investors in the ecosystem; as well as share practical knowledge to benefit entrepreneurs who are thinking about raising investment.

There were sooo many gems dropped thought-out the day! Get your Retweet & like button ready ⤵️

Need more? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered in our wrap-up! We also shared the full ‘Alternative Routes to Investment’ panel discussion and ‘Perfecting Your Investment Approach’ workshop on Youtube. We know, we know, we love you too! Check it out here:

Speaking of workshops…

Have you met our amazing #CreativityWorks: Digital Product Design Cohort?

The workshops have been super busy but sooo much fun! Here is how week one went, in a nutshell: ⤵️ Stay tuned for the next round-up!

Having Tyra and Liz for support has been extremely helpful and knowing we have access to to the whole YSYS community via Slack was also very useful. Personally, the best part of the course were the workshops given to us by professionals with years of practice in the creative industry. Receiving advice from them has allowed my confidence to flourish and also gave me a real world insight into what my future career could look like. I am grateful for all the experiences this program has given me and it has inspired me to continue working hard to soon gain other opportunities in the creative industry. — Cecily Castro

Another workshop we’re proud of! 🙌🏾

Fiit is committed to tackling racial injustice in their industry & their doorstep! To help, we delivered a D&I workshop on leadership, how they can be champions of equal rights & how to handle difficult conversations in the workplace. We’re glad we are apart of fiit’s journey!

If you’re interested in a D&I workshop too, pop over an email to deborah@thisisysys.com We’d be glad to help!

What sounds like good startup advice but isn’t?

We connected with our community on Twitter to find out the not so good advice founders and entrepreneurs have heard on their journey. Here are some of our favourites:

Got more? Tweet us!

Exciting news! 👀

🎉 We’d like to celebrateeeee the wonderful Deborah Okenla who will be joining №10 Innovation Fellowship Advisory Board alongside @tweetclarita, @thulme, @SKellyCEO and others.

They’ll be working together to attract the best digital and tech talent to transform the public services. Learn more about the fellowship:

That’s it for now! We hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. We wonder what the last month has in store for the YSYS team 🚀




YSYS is a thriving startup community for founders, developers, creatives and investors on a mission to make a difference.

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