Changing the Black narrative

The story so far.

BYP Network was founded by the need to connect Black professionals and students from all over the world for role model visibility, career opportunities, business support and ultimately to solve our own problems.

As a former Great Britain Athlete and A* student, Kike oniwinde was afforded many opportunities including a full scholarship to the University of Florida. She met some incredible people including Black students and professionals across different backgrounds. It dawned on her that there wasn’t much representation outside of sports and entertainment yet there is Black talent everywhere. On top of being one of only few Black people in her banking internships the 2016 Black Lives Matter protests also convinced Kike that BYP Network could be a true solution.

After 3 years of building BYP, Kike added Meera Raikundalia as a Co-founder after meeting at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. Meera is passionate about amplifying Black Talent, working with Corporate partners to diversify acquisition pipelines and driving positive change across all industries.

In 2020, BYP held a historic million dollar crowdfund, grew the team by ten-fold and doubled down our efforts of ‘changing the Black narrative’.

Our Impact

#EndSars

We had 678 people attend our ‘Connect to Nigerian Youths’ initiative in response to the destructive police brutality and killings we witnessed during the #EndSars campaign.

*The Naira (sign: ₦; code: NGN) is the currency of Nigeria

one

Day

N329,406*

Raised

N250,000*

Committed

Covid-19 Fundraiser

BYP Network are solution focused. When we saw the plight our community faced we were compelled to do what we could to help ease the suffering of our much valued key workers. Partnering with an incredible, like minded organisation such as Kwanda made perfect sense as our missions were well aligned.

£30,000

Raised

300+

Grants given

Member testimonials

What a refreshing opportunity to ear our experience articulated so powerfully, thank you Dawn!

Noluthando Langa

The BYP conference is seriously impressive. Thank you BYP, I'm loving the day so far!

Femi Adekunle

What a fantastic talk. It takes a lot to move me, but that really did Rene. Thank you so much!

Kirsty Devlin

If it wasn't for BYP Network's job board, I wouldn't have applied and accepted my current position. So thank you for being such a great organisation.

Devon

BYP is really a really powerful concept that just opens doors, opportunities and interesting discussions within our community. So powerful BYP allowed me to network with strong leaders and from that I have received an exceptional job offer which I have accepted. Thank you Kike and team.

Anice Sanon

Hey Kike,I just wanted to let you know I've got a great job offer from a connection I made at the conference with one of the stand holders. This would not have been possible without the conference!

Natasha Ewhe