This past Sunday, the BYP Network App turned one year old. It's been a year of highs and lows, successes and failures, and despite the trials and tribulations, it's been the best year yet. The icing on the cake for us was our Diversity Recruitment Fair, which you can read more about in #BYPBlog.
It's been an eventful year. We started with our app launch with over 250 members, live performances and a motivational speech by Olympic boxer Joshua Buatsi. We then celebrated Black History Month last October with our Level Up speakers event, held networking events covering summer socials, networking drinks, hip-hop quizzes and charity events. We had our first BYP Network Christmas Party and held a Black Panther private screening. BYP was featured across The Sunday Times, The Voice, TheShadeRoom and countless other publications. As Founder, I was named a Woman in Technology Future Leader by Sky, a founder of the future by Founders Forum and won the NEF pitch competition.
Our team has grown too. I'm grateful to have such brilliant people who help to make the BYP vision a reality. Joseph and I are now full-time, we've now got a blogging team who are working to bring you more of what you want to hear, and we have over 20 ambassadors (you can be one too)!
Now, with a Diversity Recruitment Fair under our belts, what's next, you might ask?
Well, get excited. You'll be seeing a lot more of us. We'll be working with more corporations to bring new opportunities, we're getting connected to more black networks and we're going global (if you hadn't already noticed our appearance at The Boston Black-Owned Business Fair). ALSO, we'll be re-launching our app (stay tuned). It looks like the next year is going to be bigger than ever before.
One key takeaway? If you have an idea that you've been sitting on - take a leap of faith and go for it. Anything can happen!
Here's to the next 12 months,
Kike Oniwinde 🏿
BYP Diversity Recruitment Fair
Thanks to all of you who attended our Diversity Recruitment Fair! When we counted up the whopping 900 sign-ups for the fair, we couldn't believe there were so many of you ready and waiting to network! On the day, it was a delight to see students, graduates, and industry professionals all connecting with each other.
Thanks to our exhibitors - Coinbase, EY, PWC, Sky, Cloudflare, Unlocked Graduates, Sky, Uber, Spotify, Eunisure, Tanta Recruitment, Teach First, Deloitte, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Solicitors Regulation Authority and HomeAway. It was brilliant to see so many companies embracing what our network is all about, and engaging so enthusiastically with our guests.
I'd like to take a moment to personally thank all the contributors, from our videographers and photographers, to our exhibitors, workshop hosts, and panel speakers. Can't forget our special guests such as Over The Bridge Podcast, Reggie Nelson, and Josh Akapo!
A special thank you goes out to all our volunteers too: Joe, Felicia, Adelana, Mary, Mireille, Anthony, Kelsey, Chima, Esther, Amika, Jerran, Katie, Sade, and Anna. Without all your help, none of this would have been possible.
I'd like to leave you with some of the brilliant testimonials from our guests. If you'd like to let us know your thoughts, email us here and we'll feature you in our next newsletter!
I'd like to congratulate Kike Oniwinde & BYP Network App for yesterday's fair. The best networking event I've been to this year. The variety in talks, the people, the service it was an amazing night! Thank you so much for an insightful evening. - Shamisai Madondo
Huge thanks to BYP Network App for putting on such a fabulous event last night! We absolutely loved hosting the panel with our awesome guests. What a fantastic job you did!
- New Entrepreneurs Foundation
I was invited to BYP Network App's Diversity Recruitment Fair and it was so amazing to see so many young black people - with black recruiters from companies such as Spotify & Uber to black entrepreneurs, students, academics and creatives. - Josh Akapo
The BYP Roundup: 5 Great News Stories
John Legend has become the first Black man to EGOT (to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award).
This brilliant Guardian article, written by Carys Afoko, on Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work.
How This Millennial Became The First Black Woman To Head Communications At Barnard College .
Lewis Hamilton has won the Singapore Grand Prix.
And now for a bit of fun! With a bestselling make-up and lingerie line, as well as an acting and singing career under her belt, is Rihanna now venturing into the furniture industry?
We now have a great team of contributors, and this week's blog comes from our own team member, Mireille Harper, on the Diversity Recruitment Fair, and what BYP means to her!
I joined the BYP team in July 2018, after speaking with the network's Co-Founder, Kike Oniwinde, and Partnerships Manager, Joseph Nwosu. After hearing about the BYP vision, I knew this was a network I wanted to be a part of. Fast forward two months, and I can't believe how much has changed..