The Brunch and Learn session was part of the Black and Good business skills programme for both the Starting up, Starting out, and Build, Hustle, Grow programme. The session takes place on weekends where we begin with a wellness/meditation session and then transition onto a 'speed dating' segment in which all participants have 5 minutes of 1-2-1s to connect. We then share brunch virtually together with the Deliveroo vouchers gifted to everyone on the programme and lastly, comes the learning, where we explore our brand story and what type of business we are building and why.
In a recent session, the two wellness segments of the programme were led by two alumni of the Black and Good business programme; Tamara, founder of FaithWellFit, and Priscilla, founder of Vivify Therapy. The main focus of this segment was wellness for Black women founders. During the session, we discussed mindfulness, permission to slow down, how our inner critic can hold us back in business, and where it stems from. Both sessions included a grounding meditation with Priscilla sharing with us a powerful quote by Audre Lorde:
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Demo Day is a part of the Black and Good business training programme. Throughout the duration of the programme, we support participants to create outstanding pitch decks to present their business venture, along with continued support to practice, refine and feel at ease presenting to their community peers and a panel of judges. We ran two Demo Days in November 2022 to support those on the Starting up, Starting out, and the Build, Hustle, Grow programmes.
Demo Day aims to create a supportive and inspiring space for the participants in the programme to pitch their business to panel guests. This day creates the opportunity for participants to receive valuable feedback and insight on their pitch presentation, idea, and offerings. With this, they have a strong foundation to move forward from when raising investment, funding, and sharing with others about who they are and what they do. The day is a celebration for everyone on the programme to bring together all the knowledge they have gained, connect, and be encouraged through the powerful words, sounds, and stories shared by our special guests.
Last week we held our first in-person Black and Good event of the year. It was a night of connection, laughter, inspiration and all-around good vibes. When you host a room full of creative entrepreneurs, passionate followers and change-makers beautiful things take place. An uplifting energy fills the space and potential and possibilities make themselves known.
It was wonderful to connect in person, even more so because our special guest speaker, Mary Mosope Adeyemi, coach, executive director, author, and viSHEbility founder guided us with empowerment and a supportive offering of courage on how we can tap into and capitalise on our strengths.
Mary spoke with wisdom, humor, and ease. Being in her presence, and listening to her words and her stories ignited a sense of power that comes from knowing we each have something special to bring to this world, we each have something to offer. It is ours to tap into and not to be doubted. We all hold a unique combination of strengths, personalities, and experiences - these are within us to be utilised.
Do it Now Now’s initiative, Black and Good, is holding a business skills course for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs and is fully underway. In just a few short weeks we have formed close bonds, a strong network and grown knowledge to develop foundations and support the further flourishing of our businesses.
It is a joy being together each week and for a very special touch we recently held a Brunch and Learn session to give zest to the learning experience and further encourage creative flow.
It began with peace and tranquility, a special guest visit from the beautiful soul, Rebecca Moore. Rebecca Moore is a deeply loved meditation, breathwork facilitator and intuitive wellbeing guide. Having launched IDOL magazine, running her own soul work practices and co-founding non-profit organisation We Are Formless, Rebecca understands the entrepreneur’s journey and the importance of supporting our wellbeing along the way.
Black and Good is an online community for Black people interested in entrepreneurship and leadership. Our mission is to ensure that you have access to the tools, knowledge, skills, and resources you need to build or further develop your leadership abilities or business that leads to a better life for yourself and the people around you.
Meet Aquayemi-Claude Garnett Akinsanya, a 24-year-old creator, living in London. After Aquayemi-Claude's own negative experiences, he started the "The Claudes SEN Law” Campaign, a petition to reduce inequality in education.
“The Claudes SEN Law” campaign aims to deliver and execute an "Inclusive equal world for Neurodiverse, people with hidden, visible disabilities. It aims to create awareness of how society judges an individual based on their appearance and abilities. Aquayemi wants to change that narrative by uprooting the current system for an inclusive, diverse world with equal opportunities in addressing low efficiency of representation in government and society.
6 ways to make your pitch deck awesome
1. Be clear and stay away from industry jargon. The person reading your deck may not work in your industry, but if you can explain the business case, they'll want to know more and that's the point of a pitch deck.
2. Don't overwhelm the reader with information. Before you submit a deck, ask a few younger friends that have no real idea what you're doing to read through it. If they can understand it completely, you're on to a winner.
This is why we centre Black people
Growing up, I found it difficult to understand why Blackness was considered to be some sort of cultural monolith. The experience of an African immigrant to the UK, being different from those of a 3rd generation Black British person, similarly the African immigrant to the US, being different from those of a 3rd generation Black American person. It seemed odd that the Black American experience should stand as a cultural proxy for all things Black, yet it does. That’s because, despite the nuances between the geographical and cultural experiences of Blackness globally, there are many more similarities that exist between us. I’m referring to the oppression; the subjugation, manipulation, corruption and exploitation of Black communities, bodies, futures and minds.
Bami Kuteyi, Bam Bam Boogie to her legion of fitness fans, is a force of nature. A ball of energy warmer than the sun, radiating positivity and life from the instant you find yourself in her presence.
Bami is founder of fitness brand Bam Bam Boogie, a breath of fresh air bringing much-needed inclusivity in the fitness industry via its innovative classes - Twerk after Work and Twerking Heels.
Bami’s vibrance isn’t just in the warmth she exudes; her explanation of how she came to launch her brand is captivating in its simple response to a problem she faced at the time - anxiety. The search for a way to manage her anxiety, something she struggled with while working for one of the world’s biggest brands, and her journey of resilience to pivot into the self-made role she is in today, is a remarkable example of turning a challenge into a shiny new opportunity.
There are not enough positive stories for Black business owners out there, so we are doing all we can to find and highlight those stories.