Knowvate Hub, in collaboration with Startup Grind Scotland and Black Professionals Scotland, has announced a new initiative aimed at empowering and educating Black and minority ethnic communities about the opportunities in entrepreneurship across Scotland.
The Include & Inspire Business Series project, funded by the Ecosystem Fund from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, will feature a series of inclusive events and online resources to showcase local success stories from minority ethnic entrepreneurs and encourage others to explore entrepreneurship as a viable path.
Knowvate Hub is a recent spin-out group from Black Professionals Scotland, the community group founded in 2016 which boasts a membership community of about 5,000 Black students and professionals. The group will host a series of entrepreneurial events and workshops tailored to engage and educate ethnic minority communities across Scotland, free of charge and streamed live online to break down barriers to participation.
Knowvate founder, Onyinye Igbokwe, said: “The Black Professionals Scotland community is a thriving network of professionals and jobseekers sharing insight and best practice. Within the community, there are many looking to learn about the paths to entrepreneurship and the support available in Scotland.
“We started Knowvate to serve as a beacon of inspiration and knowledge, lighting the path toward entrepreneurship and connecting our community with each other and our trusted support networks.”
In addition to events and access to networks, the team is creating a digital resource centre to support ethnic minority entrepreneurs. The platform will feature interviews with accomplished ethnic minority founders from across the UK and additional business content. By offering access to these resources, Knowvate Hub aims to elevate representation and participation.
Black Professionals founder, Enoch Adeyemi, said: “Following the successes we are having with Black Professionals Scotland, we quickly saw the need for an equivalent network for entrepreneurs and are excited about the acceleration of business ownership which we will drive within the community.”
The initiative is one of the successful recipients of the recent Ecosystem Fund from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, established to bolster startup community activity and address gaps in enterprise education, with a particular focus on helping entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups.
The Include & Inspire Business Series initiative is supported by the entrepreneurial events group Startup Grind Scotland. Co-Director Nick Murray said: “The Ecosystem Fund is another exciting step in catalysing activity across the Scottish business landscape, but also an opportunity for ecosystem builders to collaborate on new and exciting projects.
“This initiative will not only bring together people from underrepresented groups for a sense of community and inspiration, but also help to demystify entrepreneurship as a career path and foster a more diverse entrepreneurial landscape in Scotland.”
The Include & Inspire Business Series kicks off in Glasgow on 5 December with RAB Microfluidics CEO Rotimi Alabi and RefermyJobs founder Richie Wan, with subsequent dates planned for Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling.