December 19, 2022

Black Girl Fest Expands Their Partnership With eBay

Black Girl Fest (BGF) has announced the expansion of their BGF x eBay Seller Academy program for Black women. 

BGF x eBay’s partnership 

The partnership began in late 2021 and has been extended to help further Black women successfully grow and scale their online businesses. 

For twelve weeks, Black women will have access to learn more about developing an online business through eBay’s marketplace. The initiative aims to teach the women three key sectors; how to build their confidence when selling online, connect with other like-minded Black women business owners, and use eBay to grow their business. 

Alongside guidance from eBay experts and hands-on training, ambitious small business owners will leave the program feeling optimistic about their entrepreneurial journey, which is the end goal. 

According to BGF, their first seller academy saw approximately 30 sellers receive financial support and hands-on training. As a result, each seller graduated from the program and created successful growing businesses. 

Many of the BGF, x eBay Seller Academy alums have gone on to achieve incredible success in their respective industries, which is a testament to the program’s success.

“We can impact the unbalanced startup ecosystem by equipping Black women founders with the tools, funding, and access to progress,” said BGF’s CFO, Nicole Crentsil. 

“Real change does not happen overnight, and our partnership with BGF is an exciting step on the journey to do better and drive inclusive entrepreneurship.” 

What is Black Girl Fest?

Black Girl Fest is the UK’s first arts and culture festival dedicated to Black women and young girls. Founded in 2017 by Paula Akpan and Nicole Crentsil, the platform is the first of many to celebrate the excellence of Black women.

Black Girl Fest’s cohort

As a global brand committed to building projects with purpose, the platform aims to help create a better future for Black women through training programs and networking opportunities.

Over the last two years, the BGF community has grown to significant heights. Despite the challenging times, Black Girls Fest have continued to spark and inspire global change by putting Black women at the forefront of their decisions. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.