If we truly want to build a nation of entrepreneurs and boost the British economy, we need to ensure that every individual, regardless of background, has an equal opportunity to start and grow their own business.
We’re launching Foundervine, a community platform created by young entrepreneurs, for young entrepreneurs. We’re harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to start and grow a successful business. The initiative is led by Izzy Obeng.
We are passionate about promoting inclusivity in entrepreneurship and in harnessing the benefit of this to our economy. We do this by highlighting the vast support that is available to young people who wish to start and grow their own businesses, as well as running targeted events, programmes and workshops that upskill and connect entrepreneurs.
On our platform you will find:
Online resources to help you start and grow your own business;
Access to programmes and workshops designed to increase your capability;
A calendar of entrepreneurship events;
Recent news and updates on current campaigns.
Foundervine is poised to become the Number 1 resource for young people from all communities who wish to pursue entrepreneurship. Our work is critical in an economic context where only 3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from BAME groups, despite almost 13% of the UK population being of a minority background.
We’re also launching in the wake of the government’s recent Race Audit which highlights the extent by which outcomes differ for those from BAME backgrounds in health, education and employment services, and within the criminal justice system.
What the Race Audit fails to sufficiently highlight are the significant differences in small business creation among minorities, particularly inequality in access to start-up finance, support and access to networks.
We seek to address these disparities by delivering accessible, relevant and tailored content designed to improve outcomes for small business owners. We also seek to act as a voice for inclusivity within the small business sector.
We're looking for individuals and organisations who share our values and would like to join our community. If you would like to volunteer as an individual or collaborate with us as an organisation, we would love to hear from you.
For more information or to get involved, please contact us here or email our founder, Izzy, at [email protected]