Jamaal Brathwaite Named Amongst the Startup Elite in the Top 50 BAME Under 50 Entrepreneurs 2021

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are delighted to announce that our Founder Jamaal Brathwaite has been named in the Top 50 BAME Entrepreneurs Under 50 by TechRound, the UK’s fastest-growing startup and tech news site.

The competition followed a round of judging from an expert panel including former winners Ousman Touray (Phioneers), Manjit Sareen (Natterhub), and Josephine Melvin (TechRound team).

The competition followed a round of judging from an expert panel including former winners Ousman Touray (Phioneers), Manjit Sareen (Natterhub), and Josephine Melvin (TechRound team).

This year’s top spot went to Steven Bartlett, the founder of social media company Social Chain and recently made a judge on BBC1’s Dragons Den. He was followed by Ben Chestnut, the founder of email marketing software, Mailchimp which was recently acquired for $12 billion. Other notable finalists include Runyararo Mapfumo (position 5), director of Netflix’s hit show Sex Education and Youtube, and music artist KSI (position 7). 

Previous winners of TechRound’s BAME Top 50 Entrepreneurs Under 50 include Eric Yuan of Zoom, Jamal Edwards MBE, and Nadia Kadhim of Naq Cyber who raised a huge funding round earlier this year – with finalists often becoming leaders in their industry and the driving force of the UK startup scene. 

Feedback From The Judges

“Our list of Top 50 BAME Entrepreneurs under 50 is a testament to the individuals who are diversifying the UK’s startup landscape.”

 

“As always, we were so impressed with the calibre of applicants this year and also the volume of applications which was significantly higher than the previous year.” 

 

“In particular, we saw a noticeable number of applications relating to sustainability, reducing carbon footprints, food alternatives and other waste such as plastics – and this really stood out in the applications when compared to other years (Namrata Sandu, Patrick Huang). A real reminder that startups today are not just about driving revenue, but also a social difference.”

 

“We were very impressed with the number of BAME entrepreneurs who are helping their local communities whether it is through networking, opportunities training, or funding (Jamaal Brathwaite, Ashleigh Ainsley, Dennis Owusu-Sem, Daisy Onubogu). We realize that this is not just about an entrepreneur who is looking to earn money, but someone who is actively helping those around them to grow and prosper which has a positive knock-on effect.”

 

“Overall, we are amazed by the talent and innovation of our BAME entrepreneurs who continue to break boundaries and take on propositions that are out of their comfort zone. We hope our list of top 50 will act as a strong reflection of the UK’s BAME and startup scene and one that will also represent the future of UK business, startups and tech as a whole. We congratulate all our finalists and look forward to seeing some of them featured in our TechRound100 competition which will be announced next week!”

 

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The Value of Workplace Diversity

 “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” — Pat Wadors, Head of HR at LinkedIn

 

The importance of diversity, equality, unity and inclusivity has never been clearer to see. It is almost impossible to open a website or newspaper without seeing images of protesters calling for a greater focus on fairness in every aspect of society.

This means, of course, that ensuring equality in the workplace and hiring process is absolutely vital. However, giving people the same opportunity to succeed is not only preferable and entirely reasonable; it can also provide businesses with an array of benefits.

Let’s break it down.

1. Enhanced Levels of Productivity

Research has quite conclusively claimed that ‘cultural diversity’ in the workplace can have a massive impact when it comes to productivity. In a pioneering study by Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri, which is still regarded as a landmark in cultural research to this day, the results found that those companies which actively seek to recruit from an array of backgrounds, sectors and locations achieve far greater results than those that do not.

2. Far Greater Creativity

This one makes a lot of sense. If you ask people who have different backgrounds, have been educated in different establishments and have different life experiences, it is almost certain that they will have a different creative process. This means that levels of innovation will also likely improve and unique solutions will be found to challenges when they arise. This article written in Forbes Magazine highlights this point very well.

3. Increased Company Profits

It is perhaps unsurprising that greater levels of productivity and creativity will ultimately lead to improved profit levels. However, while it is possible for us to insinuate this, it is far better to rely on research. A comprehensive survey conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation in the US came to the conclusion that those organisations with a diverse senior management team are far more likely – 15 per cent, in fact – to improve their business’ profit margins years on year.

Conclusion

Instilling the core values of equality and inclusivity into a business is more than just a moral imperative; it can actively encourage your business to improve the way it operates, ensure that it thrives going forward, and can give you a significant advantage over your competitors. To achieve these goals, it is quite clear that the hiring process must be set up so as to encourage applicants from all walks of life, and also must ensure that no bias – be it subconscious or conscious – can come into play.

 

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