June 2022

Blackout Tuesday #9. A conversation around Black Founders and Funding, discussing what, if anything, has changed; a video performance; and a panel about art and Black communities.


Andy Davis

Andy Davis is the Founding Partner at 10×10 Capital – a pre-seed fund investing in Black founders in Europe before the market knows they exist.

Karl Lokko

Chairman and Co-founder of Black Seed

Prudence Persson

Co-founder and CEO of Manje Health, a search and discovery platform for hospitals across Africa

Josephine Philips

Josephine Philips is the Founder & CEO of SOJO, a startup modernising the clothing repair and tailoring industry. Having launched the UK’s first clothing alterations and repairs app last year dubbed by vogue as the ‘Deliveroo of repairs’ Sojo now works with fashion brands to help them reduce returns and increase circularity through an integrated and scalable repair & alteration service.

Wilfred Obeng

Co-Founder & CTO at AudioMob

Rachael Palmer

Head of VC and Startup Partnerships, EMEA at Google


Whilst I’ve spent the past two years working as an operator at Avant Arte, one of LocalGlobe’s portfolio companies, my background includes a range of experiences. I studied Law as an undergraduate, during which time I was awarded the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship in 2018. It is through this scholarship and its simultaneous development programme that I first was introduced to the wonderful world of venture. I have a concurrent career as a professional actor, having worked on BAFTA-nominated films and alongside Oscar-nominated actors and directors.

Swakara Atwell Bennett

Founder & CEO @bettershared. Helping artists market + monetise their creativity. Techround’s BAME50under50

Seyi Luther Awotunde

With the advanced blockchain architecture in place, designed and led the build of an Etheruem luxury NFT marketplace to facilitate trading for digital, physical and experiential assets. Deliciae is a luxury NFT marketplace serving buyers and sellers of exclusively high-value NFTs from visual art, jewelry, vehicles and tailor-made travel and music.

Sherece Rainford

Founder, Gallery OCA


Welcome & Partnership Update

Access to Venture Capital: Education & Awareness

ART and black communities