Black British City Group Launches Program To Support Black Founders

Black-owned professional network, Black British City Group (BBCG), has launched its flagship City Booster program, designed to help support the growth of Black founders. 

Through BBCG’s City Booster program, Black entrepreneurs not only be eligible for grants of up to £3,000 but will also have access to coaching opportunities and skill-based workshops to help them elevate and grow. 

The City Booster program run by BBCG aims to provide mentorship, skills-based workshops, and financial support to Black founders. In addition, the program, which spans nine months, will give Black entrepreneurs exclusive expert-led seminars on the industry of successful applicants. 

“City Booster grants have been funded by our members through their BBCG membership contributions over the years. We have been distributing funds to charities since 2017, and are proud to finally also distribute funds to Black founders, who are such an important part of improving the narrative on Black ownership,” BBGC said in an online statement.

This year’s cohort will see two successful applicants enrolled in the program, with one winner taking home a £2,000 grant. The runner-up will be eligible to receive a £1,000 gift upon completion of the program. 

To qualify, all participants must be residents in the UK and aged 18 years or over. In addition, the initiative focuses on supporting founders from a Black African or Caribbean background, so applicants’ company must be at least 50% owned by an individual from a Black African or Caribbean background.

Applications are open until 30th September 2022.

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpamika is a tech 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.