Hi BYP Network!
We're delighted to be sharing what went down at our BYP x Airbnb beta app testing event. We'll be hosting more so keep your eyes peeled for our next event, and sign up to our newsletter at www.byp-network.com
Watch the video here and scroll down to find out more about what happened.
We were warmly welcomed by Airbnb who kindly hosted us at their space. At 6pm, we opened the door to our attendees who were greeted by music and delicious cocktails (Honey Jack; Strawberry Cooler and Classic Lemonade) made by the brilliant Yewande Mary, founder of Cocktailsbyym. The evening followed with networking, catching up with old attendees and getting to know new attendees, following with Kike getting ready to present the new and improved app to the room.
As everyone settled in, Kike began her presentation, introducing herself and BYP Network, the brand mission, ethos and ambitions for the future. Her presentation began with her educational and personal background - growing up in East London, to being a Great Britain Javelin Thrower, to getting a sporting scholarship to the University of Florida. She explained that she had met some black professionals in Florida with talent and wanted to find a way for all black professionals to be able to connect globally. This is what sparked the idea of BYP Network
"It sparked an idea: connect the black professional community to share ideas and solve our problems".
Kike then talked about BYP and where we've come in our two years. From growing our membership to over 30,000 worldwide, in 65 countries, to launching our job board, newsletter, podcast and new partnerships with the likes of Accenture, Bloomberg and the Guardian.
After explaining the vision and ambition for BYP's future, we showed guests a demonstration of the new app, its intended use and then opened up the floor to questions, prompting great conversations on why BYP is so needed, what our members want to achieve through our platform and how to make it even bigger and better than it currently is.
Following some app trial and testing time, feedback, and more conversations, we got to meet some great networks that our attendees had founded, from Diasporic Development and The Black Girls Knit Club to The Black Head Student Network and Emeka from Chuku's - the Nigerian Tapas Restaurant we shared in our newsletter some time ago.
With more networking, drinks and food, the night was a great success. We hope to see many of you at our next launch so keep your eyes peeled out for the next date! Thanks to our fantastic sponsors Airbnb for the space and opportunity to showcase what's next for our network. The future of BYP is coming!