September 2022

Blackout Tuesday #10. An afternoon featuring a panel on Access to Capital, a conversation on the importance of politics in seeking Black equity, and a special performance.


Eleanor Kaye

Eleanor Kaye is the Executive Director at Newton Venture Program – a joint venture of LocalGlobe and London Business School. Newton trains aspiring and practising venture capital professionals with an explicit mission to diversify the VC Ecosystem.

Seb Butt

Founder, Future VC

Andy Ayim

Andy Ayim MBE is a father, husband, creator, thinker, investor and founder of The Angel Investing School, with a vision to empower a new generation of angel investors. He has invested in over 15 gap-closing startups such as Farmlend, Ava Estell and Whering. His career has seen him move from consulting VCs in San Francisco, to democratising access for diverse founders in the UK. Andy was recognised in 2021 with a Queen’s honours MBE medal in recognition for his contribution to diversity and technology in the UK.

Rumbi Makanga

Rumbi Makanga is a co-founder of Origin Twenty. She is an operator, investor and advisor with a background in scaling deeptech and B2B SaaS startups globally. She was previously co-founder at non-profit startup Kwanda and has an MA degree in Land Economy from Cambridge University.

Suzanne Ashman

Suzanne invests in consumer and enterprise companies in regulated markets. With a particular focus on education, transport, agriculture and future of work.

Investor in Zego, Tessian, Lingumi, WeFarm, Motorway, Multiverse and a couple of unannounced companies

Cllr Portia Mwangangye

Labour Councillor, Southwark

Kenny Imafidon

Co-founder, ClearView Research

Ibijoke Faborode

Founder/ CEO. ElectHER (Building the largest Pan-African organization championing Women Political Inclusion…)

Cllr Ola Kolade

Cabinet Member for Community Safety


Welcome & Partnership Update

Access to Venture Capital: Education & Awareness

  • Eleanor Kaye – Executive Director, Newton Venture Program (moderator)
  • Andy Ayim MBE – Founder, Angel Investing School
  • Seb Butt – Founder, Future VC
  • Rumbi Makanga – Co-Founder, Origin Twenty
  • Clarice Metzger – MBA Candidate, Bayes Business School, Future VC / LocalGlobe alumni

The importance of politics in seeking black equity