December 16, 2022

These Black-Owned Startups Joined The British Consulate’s Trade Mission To New York

Accelerator program 1000 Black Voices is committed to breaking down the barriers many Black tech founders face. 

As a part of this mission, 1000 Black Voices gave thirteen Black-owned startups from its accelerator program the opportunity to participate in New York’s Trade Mission.

What is the Trade Mission? 

The Trade Mission aims to tackle the issues Black and brown founders face in the industry by providing founders with a step-by-step process for scaling and accessing capital. 

The trade mission, which ran from December 5 -7, took place in partnership with the British Consulate. On the day, Black-owned tech startups were given the opportunity to gain expert advice from industry-leading founders, investors, and tech executives. 

Additionally, many Black founders benefitted from the small group sessions, events, and one-to-one meetings. As a Black entrepreneur, incentives like this are the best way to gain the necessary resources and knowledge to have a positive trajectory in your business.

“1000 Black Voices is committed to bringing a first-hand understanding of Black struggles and a positive, practical approach to overcoming them in today’s world,” said Dr. Elizabeth Shaw

“Our accelerator program, with this added element of the trade mission, brings our commitment to fruition. The founders hugely [benefitted] from the trade mission experience, including opportunities and connections provided by the British Consulate.” 

There was also an increased focus on helping founders expand into the US market by providing them with the connections and tools to do so,

Meet a few of the businesses who were selected for the Trade Mission in New York

Cosmetrics AI – The startup Ovi Kedo founded uses advanced AI technology to solve hair problems for consumers. The platform provides product recommendations for those struggling to find the perfect hairstyle. 

Deep Loop – Deep Loop, founded by Sade Male and Akin Akinwale, is an AI-powered market research platform that provides actionable insights to help brands understand their consumers better. 

Prynted – Prynted, founded by Berne Omolafe, is a web-3 platform that works to transform 2D content and live streams into immersive experiences for content creators and audiences to enjoy. 

E-DocOnline – The startup founded by Adam Bisi and Tunde Ogundipe is a financial data analytics company that securely provides a user-friendly, structured, and analytical report of economic history to decision-makers. 

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.