IN collaboration with Startup Grind Scotland and Black Professionals Scotland, Knowvate Hub has unveiled a new initiative, the “Include & Inspire Business Series,” aimed at educating and empowering Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities about entrepreneurship opportunities in Scotland. Funded by the Ecosystem Fund from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, this project comprises a series of inclusive events and online resources, showcasing success stories from ethnic minority entrepreneurs and encouraging others to explore entrepreneurship.
Knowvate Hub, a spin-out group from Black Professionals Scotland, plans to host free events and workshops tailored to engage and educate ethnic minority communities across Scotland. The live-streamed online sessions aim to break down barriers to participation. Knowvate Hub Founder Onyinye Igbokwe expressed the initiative’s purpose: “We started Knowvate to serve as a beacon of inspiration and knowledge, lighting the path toward entrepreneurship and connecting our community with each other and our trusted support networks.”
The project includes the creation of a digital resource centre to support ethnic minority entrepreneurs, featuring interviews with accomplished founders and additional business content. By providing access to these resources, Knowvate Hub aims to elevate representation and participation in entrepreneurship.
Enoch Adeyemi, Founder of Black Professionals Scotland, highlighted the need for a network focused on entrepreneurs and expressed excitement about driving business ownership within the community. The initiative is one of the recipients of the Ecosystem Fund from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise, emphasising the importance of supporting underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship education.
Supported by Startup Grind Scotland, the Include & Inspire Business Series aims not only to create a sense of community and inspiration but also to demystify entrepreneurship as a career path, fostering a more diverse entrepreneurial landscape in Scotland.
The series kicks off in Glasgow on December 5, featuring Rotimi Alabi, CEO of RAB Microfluidics, and Richie Wan, Founder of RefermyJobs, with subsequent events planned for Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Stirling.