HSBC & UK Black Business Show:
Meet 25 Top Black Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2021

Never before has the spotlight been so heavily focused on levelling the racial playing field as now. The social climate, catalysed mostly by recent events in the media, has spurred many of us to seek out effective ways to support the Black community and create a more balanced economic landscape. Many will be encouraged by the increase in public outcry for change, however, history has proven that the most effective way to induce real change is through economic empowerment.

A report in Extend Ventures reveals that Under 1% of venture capital investment in the UK went to Black entrepreneurs across the last 10 years which highlights the systematic barriers Black businesses face when securing finance. According to this research between 2009 and 2019, just 0.24% of venture capital went to teams of Black entrepreneurs 38 businesses in total.

The annual UK Black Business Show, now in its 5th year, takes place during Black History Month. The event was created to inspire and connect Black business owners and professionals in various industries with the sole purpose of supporting Black entrepreneurs and professionals who are underrepresented in business.

This year the show is one of many events during UK Black Business Week; the first dedicated week in the UK for Black entrepreneurs, professionals and allies in the UK.

Founder and CEO of the Show & Week, Raphael Sofoluke spoke on the importance of championing Black entrepreneurs and the need to highlight Black role models. He says…

“The UK is filled with amazing Black entrepreneurs who, despite the challenges they have faced, have risen to the top in their industries- it’s important we celebrate them and I’m proud to have collaborated with HSBC UK to deliver a list of 25 fantastic Black entrepreneurs."

Founder and CEO of the Show & Week, Raphael Sofoluke

Peter McIntyre, Head of Small Business Banking for HSBC UK, said:

“We’re delighted to celebrate today’s Black business leaders and we are committed to ensuring that access to finance is fair and open for all entrepreneurs.”

Peter McIntyre, Head of Small Business Banking for HSBC UK

Top 25 UK Black Entrepreneurs:

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Mark Maciver

Barber, Business adviser, Speaker and CEO of SliderCuts
An award winning, internationally renowned barber brand co-signed by some of the biggest names in popular culture such as Stormzy and Anthony Joshua.

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Trina Nicole

Founder of The Curve Catwalk & Co-founder of Curlture
UK’s first dance class specifically dedicated to plus-size women; where the beat is louder than people’s opinions.

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Marv Brown

Founder of Marv Brown Films & Creative Director
Award winning filmmaker and Co-Creator of viral YouTube sensation #SWIL with over 10m combined YouTube views.

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Jamelia Donaldson

Founder of TreasureTress
Europe’s first and largest natural hair product discovery box. Heralding a community of nearly 50,000 loyal online supporters.

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Andy Amadi

Film Maker & Creator of Online Hit Shows
Producer of multiple culture shifting, viral Youtube shows, gaining international notoriety.

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Jay Ann-Lopez

Jay-Ann is the CEO and Founder of Black Girl Gamers™
An online safe space and platform that heightens the visibility of Black Women in Gaming.  Jay-Ann is also the Co-Founder of Curlture, a platform boasting over 50,000 followers online.

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Marvyn Harrison

Founder of Dope Black Dads & Belovd Agency
A Digital safe space for fathers who wish to discuss their experiences of being black, a parent and masculinity in the modern world.

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Christina Okorocha

Co-Founder/ Head of Strategy of VAMP Creator of TAG Womens network
The first agency to solely focus on the representation and development of Black digital talent in the UK.

Twice As Good (TAG) is an innovative professional Black women’s network providing business support and upskilling opportunities.
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Stephanie Ijoma

CE0 & Founder of NNESAGA and Co-founder of ION agency
Founder & CEO of NNESAGA. One of U.K’s leading Gaming & Entertainment platforms dedicated to championing diversity, representation & inclusion. Through consulting, content creating, public speaking, events, workshops & providing a plethora of opportunities for the underrepresented, NNESAGA’s dedication is lead with Impact Over Numbers.

CO-Founder of ION (Impact Over Numbers) Agency, ION Agency is U.K’s first black led gaming & influencer marketing agency changing the way brands work with more impactful creators who come from all different audiences. ION’s focus is to work with game studios and create opportunities for underrepresented gaming content creators through creative & unique perspective

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Renee Davis

Founder of Out The Box
An award-winning hub for young black entrepreneurial talent.

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Natalie Manima

Founder of Bespoke Binny
British based business offering a range of handmade homeware and gifts items made from West African cloth.

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Sandra Lawrence

Founder of The Freelancer Network
UK based online platform connecting freelancers to freelancing opportunities.

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Anthony Iban
& Michael Amusan

Founders of DLT Brunch
Bringing you Good Food, Great Music and even better vibes: Days Like This is a brunch not to be missed.

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Khalia Ismain

Founder of Jamii
Jamii is the home for Black creators and makers. A discovery platform for British brands on the up.

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Darren Tenkorang

Founder of Trim-it
First app-powered Mobile Barbershops in the UK. It’s like Uber but for haircuts.

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Emmanuel Asuquo

Financial Advisor As seen on Channel 4, BBC & ITV
Financial adviser and media personality.

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Demi Ariyo

Founder of Lendoe
Solving the funding issues of today’s underrepresented entrepreneurs through their Partner loans and their Partner network.

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Deborah Okenla

Founder of YSYS
Startup community dedicated to connecting diverse people with opportunities in tech.

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Kike Oniwinde

Founder of BYP Network
By Black professionals, for Black professionals. Creating visibility, opportunity + global connections.

Dr Sylvia Likambi

Founder/CEO Voice of Nations, Dr Sylvia Likambi International, Global Visionary Women Network
Dr Sylvia Likambi International specialises in personal development, empowerment, consultancy, and the health and wellbeing industry.

Vanessa Sanyauke

Founder of Girls Talk London
Award-winning organisation that connects women with businesses to empower them to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in work and life via bespoke programmes, events and digital content.

Yvonne Bajela

Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital
Venture capital company, founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe.

Izzy Obeng

Managing Director of Foundervine
Building opportunities in underserved communities that help tomorrow’s leaders shape the future.

Bola Sol

Financial wellness coach & Author
Financial Wellness Coach who is passionate about helping women come together to discuss money matters.


Musician, Author & Founder of Black Pound Day
Black Pound Day is a monthly campaign that encourages consumers to switch up their usual shopping destinations to local and online Black-owned businesses every first Saturday of the month.