Past Events

  • JUNE 2023

    JUNE 2023

    Blackout Tuesday #13: The Blackout Tuesday Festival. A day featuring Black startup founders & investors; a conversation between activists Afua Hirsch and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu; a live recording of Kelechi Okafor’s award winning ‘Say Your Mind’ podcast; music, and more.


    Sharmadean Reid

    Erika Brodnock

    Tendai Moyo


    Afua Hirsch

    Afua Hirsch is an award-winning writer, journalist, former barrister and filmmaker, known for storytelling on culture, identity and social justice. She co-presented Enslaved, a 6-part series about the transatlantic slave trade with Samuel L Jackson, a podcast series for Audible We Need To Talk About the British Empire, and African Renaissance, an ongoing flagship series about art and culture for the BBC, through her production company Born in Me.

    A journalist for more than twenty years, Afua is the author of the bestselling book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize, and three other books including Equal To Everything, a bestselling book about the UK Supreme Court, Empire: Look Again published by Tate, and the forthcoming Decolonising My Body, published by Penguin this October. Afua is a professor of Journalism at the University of Southern California, and holds a degree from Oxford University, and honorary doctorates from London’s South Bank University and The University of Oxford Brookes.

    Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

    Kelechi Okafor

    Jacqueline Onalo

    Tiwa King

    Teshay Makeda


    Aaron Bevan-Bailey



    • Sharmadean Reid, Founder & CEO, The Stack World (moderator)
    • Erika Brodnock, Founder & CEO, Kinhub
    • Tendai Moyo, Founder & CEO, Ruka Hair
    • Michael Tefula, CFO, Circa5000

    IN CONVERSATION: AFUA Hirsch and dr shola mos-shogbamimu

    • Afua Hirsch,
    • Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu,


    • Kelechi Okafor
    • Jacqueline Onal0

    the future of black art

    • Aaron Bevan-Bailey, Artist
    • Kanaiza, Gallerist
  • December 2023

    December 2023

    In the Blackout Tuesday ethos of looking back to move forward, the Blackout Tuesday Partnership took the opportunity to assess the last 3.5 years of work it has done to address systemic inequity in the venture capital and startup space. To do this, we reviewed the output and outcomes to date, recommitted to our stated purpose, and set goals for how to produce tangible outcomes.


    1. Increasing Black representation in our and other VC firms
    2. Increasing the number of Black founders we and other VCs back  
    3. Increasing the weight of Black employees in our and other VC backed companies
    4. Supporting Black GPs 
    5. Increasing the representation of Black or Black aligned LPs  



  • March 2023

    March 2023

    Blackout Tuesday #12. An afternoon discussing the often overlooked operators in the technology and venture capital world, a branding reveal and Q&A with the Blackout Tuesday graphic designer, and a conversation around property investment and Black communities.


















  • December 2022

    December 2022

    Blackout Tuesday #11. A panel discussion on Raising a Fund, an update from the founder of Launchpad Accelerator by Black Girl Fest, a conversation around The Weathering Effect, and a musical performance.


    Folake Shasanya

    Folake Shasanya is the Head of New and Strategic Channels, EMEA at SVB. A newly established global business area at SVB, NSC is mandated to increase our clients’ probability of success in the innovation economy by improving access to information, network and capital for overlooked and underestimated founders.

    Folake joined SVB in July 2019 as Head of EMEA Warehouse Financing where she established a new high growth business are for the Fintech practice, providing scaleable debt solutions in the form of structured warehouse financing.

    A 15 year veteran in structured finance, Folake previously led acquisition financing at Royal Bank of Scotland (NatWest Markets) providing funding solutions to non-bank lenders and private equity firms. She was also director of the credit division at SIFMA helping to shape regulatory and market structures in the fall out of the Global Financial Crisis. She began her finance career in 2005 as a structurer in the asset backed financing group at Credit Suisse, having joined under a special winter internship program and never looked back. 

    Yvonne Bajela

    Partner – LocalGlobe & Latitude

    Karl Lokko

    Chairman at Black Seed

    Temi Marcella

    Partner at Magic Fund

    Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

    Iyinoluwa Aboyeji was born in Lagos on March 28, 1991, to Reverend (Mr) and Reverend (Mrs) Aboyeji. He is a Nigerian native of Isin LGA in Kwara State. He attended Primary School at St Saviour’s Primary School Ebute-Metta, Lagos. After earning his secondary school certificate from the Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja in 2007, he continued to the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. 

    Iyinoluwa is currently the CEO and General Partner of Fund for Africa’s Future (popularly known as Future Africa), Africa’s largest seed stage investor which has invested millions of dollars into over hundred startups across Africa. 

    Nicole Crentsil

    Nicole Crentsil is a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur, angel investor and cultural curator based in London. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. In the same year, TimeOut named Nicole as 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape.

    Nicole is the CEO of Black Girl Fest a platform dedicated to Black women, girls and non-binary people. Nicole is passionate about connecting women, young people and underrepresented groups to art, culture and events.

    Jacque Onalo

    Human Rights Lawyer. Leadership Development Specialist. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Expert.

    Suzanne Alleyne

    Suzanne Alleyne is a Cultural Thinker and Founder of Alleyne& a strategic consultancy (organisational development, strategy, visual and brand identity and facilitation) and incubator (research and future thinking). Her passion and talent lie in exploring society’s big questions and creating solutions to develop a more equitable whilst profitable society. Her current groundbreaking research project is Neurology of PowerTM, an iterative project that asks where power resides in the brain and body.  A core strand of this research interrogates the relationship between power, well-being, self-care, the individual, organisations and wider society.

    Justin King

    Associate Director at Milltown Partners

    Dame Donna Kinnair




    Welcome & Partnership Update

    Raising a Fund

    Launchpad Update & Q&A

    The Weathering Effect


  • September 2022

    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

  • June 2022

    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

  • March 2022

    March 2022

    Blackout Tuesday #8. The Future of Web3 in Africa, a musical performance, and a panel around the Challenges and Opportunities in the Black Music Industry.


    Hillary Omitogun

    Hillary Omitogun is a User Experience Researcher who is passionate about understanding users and making digital applications more accessible to consumers. She previously worked at Nestcoin, where she enforced a user-centered culture and led the company’s insights function.

    Samuel Akinosho

    Samuel Akinosho s building With Kingdom, a technology platform to bridge the world of fiat currency and blockchain.

    Jude Dike

    Jude Dike is building Get Equity, a decentralized investment platform to help African startups get funded by angel investors, syndicates, institutions and their communities.

    Yvonne Kagondu

    Yvonne Kagondu is the founder of Blockchain Kenya Ladies DAO. Her mission is to train women to understand and capitalize on the opportunities available in the blockchain space.


    Magnus Dikese is the COO of Sankore – a blockchain community based in Kenya, building innovative products on NEAR Protocol. They educate and nurture talented individuals to become world class blockchain developers and entrepreneurs.


    Suli Breaks is a creator and investor.


    Jude Abaga is CEO of TASCK Creative Company, the former CEO of Chocolate City Music, a Musician and an Entrepreneur.

    Solomon Onaolapo

    Solomon Onaolapo is Director at Stockport Race Equality Partnership


    LocalGlobe, Latitude & Phoenix Court update

    The Future of Web3 in Africa


    • Kali Claire is a UK singer, songwriter and producer and performs “Temporary Feels”, “Disrespekt” taken from her most recent EP, ‘A Man’s World’ and “Seen Me Like This” from Songs By The Pool.

    Challenges & Opportunities in the Black Music Industry

  • DECEMBER 2021

    DECEMBER 2021

    Blackout Tuesday #7. A panel on Climate Change and the Just Transition, a conversation around Black Angel Investing and Diversifying Cap Tables, followed by a musical performance.


    Brendan Curran

    Brendan Curran is a policy fellow working on sustainable finance policy with a particular focus on just transition and place-based climate investment at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE.

    Claire Nasike Akello

    Claire Nasike is a Wangari Maathai Scholar, a Food Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa and the founder of the Hummingbird Foundation.

    Lily Onardo

    Lily Odarno is the Director of CATF’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa. She leads CATF’s effort to address the dual need of expanding affordable energy in developing economies and building a global decarbonized energy system

    Olufunso Somorin (Ph.D)

    Olufunso Somorin (PhD) is the Regional Principal Officer in charge of climate change and green growth across 13 countries within the East African region of the African Development Bank.

    Tom Adeyoola

    Tom Adeyoola is a technology entrepreneur, advisor and investor with 20 years’ experience in new media, disruptive technology and business strategy focused on positive society and climate impact.

    Elissa Grey

    Elissa Grey is a Global Strategist with more than 20 years of experience and a wealth of expertise in working with Boards and CEOs in both start-up and FTSE 100 environments to deliver groundbreaking innovation and unprecedented growth.

    Sam Gyimah

    Sam Gyimah is the Former Minister for Science and Innovation and Goldman Sachs International Board Director.

    Saul Klein

    Ziv Reichert

    Partner at LocalGlobe


    Please note that these videos did not record properly, so we will be uploading audio recordings soon.

    Welcome & Partnership Update


    • Brendan Curran – Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics
    • Claire Nasike – Wangari Maathai Scholar, a Food Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa, Founder of the Hummingbird Foundation
    • Lily Odarno – Director of CATF’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa
    • Olufunso Somorin (PhD) – Regional Principal Officer, East African Region of the African Development Bank
    • Saul Klein – Co-founder, Phoenix Court Group (Moderator)


    • Ziv Reichert – Partner, Phoenix Court Group (Moderator)
    • Tom Adeyoola – technology entrepreneur, advisor and investor
    • Elissa Grey – Global Strategist
    • Sam Gyimah – Former Minister for Science and Innovation and Goldman Sachs International Board Director
    • Jacque Onalo – Human Rights lawyer. Special advisor on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (Moderator)


  • SEPTEMBER 2021

    SEPTEMBER 2021

    Blackout Tuesday #6. A panel featuring new organisations supporting and investing in Black founders, a conversation on decolonising the curriculum, followed by a musical performance.


    Ashleigh Ainsley

    Stephen Bediako

    Nicole Crentsil

    Arum Lansel

    Catherine Lenson

    Karl Lokko

    Cyril Lutterodt

    Rachael Palmer

    Cosima Davies

    Bennie Kara

    Saffa Khalil


    Welcome & Partnership Update

    New organisations supporting black founders

    Decolonising the curriculum


  • JUNE 2021

    JUNE 2021

    Blackout Tuesday #5. An afternoon featuring a panels on Black Identity and Education and Social Mobility.


    Suli Breaks

    spoken word artist

    Jacque Onalo

    Human Rights Lawyer, D&I Specialist

    Phoebe Ruguru

    award winning filmmaker and commentator on African literature

    Nicole Crentsil

    CEO, Black Girl Fest

    Ashley Ramrachia

    CEO, Academy

    Lisa Shu

    Executive Director, Newton Venture Program


    Welcome & Partnership Update


    Education & Social Mobility

    Wrap Up