Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneurial Network Founder Shortlisted for National Award
Kike is the Founder and CEO of BYP Network, a network she established in 2016 with the aim of creating a place where black professionals can connect and interact globally.
Prior to her work on BYP Network, Kike worked in the City and had an athletic career as a javelin thrower. The idea for BYP Network came about when she recognised that there are many obstacles that prevent black people in the workplace from progressing. So, Kike sought a solution. The BYP Network has been described by many as 'LinkedIn for black professionals.' The network and app has over 30k members and helps to connect ambitious future leaders for networking purposes, and with corporations for job opportunities.
Kike has earned some notable achievements and accolades in her career. She was named a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar, F-Factor Winner and New Entrepreneurs Foundation Winner. She was recently invited to Paris by Sadiq Khan on his Business Growth Programme, won a STEM Trailblazer Baton Award at Houses of Parliament. Kike has also been invited to meet ex-CEO of Google: Eric Schmidt in collaboration with NEF and was named 1 of 100 BAME leaders in tech in the UK by FT. Her achievements speak for themselves, she is truly remarkable.
These achievements continue to motivate Kike to achieve her goals. She has been described in her nomination as a pioneer in her field, with Mireille who nominated her saying "Kike is incredibly hardworking, passionate and efficient about what she does. She works every day, invests time, effort and money in her team and works hard on developing the app, finding new opportunities to help young black professionals, and reaching out to people from all walks of life." As you can see, Kike is an inspiration to all those around her.
She has set goals to work towards this year, which include holding more events, creating a BYP podcast, offering more jobs on the BYP job board and relaunching the app.
When we asked Mireille why she thought Kike should win this award, she explained that "Kike is an inspiration, not only to all young people, but also black and female aspiring entrepreneurs. Kike describes herself as 'just a young black girl from Dagenham', but she has achieved so much. From securing scholarship to the University of Florida, to being a GB javelin thrower, to starting an app that now has over 30k members, £150,000 funding and is valued at £1.5 million, she is a clear example of an entrepreneur who goes above and beyond. It would be great to see her win this award."