New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Kike Oniwinde

CEO and Founder of BYP Network

Kike is the CEO and Founder of BYP Network, a social platform for black young professionals, to network, socialise and date. With diversity and inclusion being an ongoing issue in many workplaces, BYP is creating a network for corporates to tap into, as well as a community of people to connect and support each other.

BYP was not her first attempt at setting up a business; Kike has trialled and tested several ideas from the age of 18. Kiki has found that she has grown a lot during her time on NEF, personally and as a leader, something that has been fuelled by the support from coaches and mentors. The NEF network has also been invaluable for expanding her horizons and providing access to opportunities. Since joining NEF, Kike has nurtured her idea and turned it into into a scalable platform.

Since graduating from NEF, BYP has secured a £25K Sky Technology Scholarship, won the 2018 Founders Forum competition, won first prize at NEF Pitch days and was shortlisted as CVC innovator of the year. Kike has raised £41,000 to date and is now looking to raise £1-2 million by the end of the year. Kike’s ambition is to be create a global network and to be the leader in creating diversity in corporations.

We are very excited to be part of Kike’s journey.

“If I didn’t have NEF I wouldn’t have the knowledge that I have in terms of what can be done and how to really grow your start-up. I really don’t think I would be where I am right now […] I want to be the leader in improving diversity in corporations – I want to be global.”

 

The Programme

We work with bright young people who have big ideas and big ambition. NEF offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to gain hands-on work experience in some of the UK’s leading high growth companies. These unique placements support a formal learning programme in entrepreneurship and start-up skills that gives you everything you need to launch your own business.

NEF provides you with a personal coach, expert mentoring and access to an unparalleled business network to deliver a unique development opportunity. The NEF FastTrack has been designed to help you fulfil your potential. We are on a mission to develop the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. If you want to continue your education by building something you care about, read on.

Work placement

We believe in learning-by-doing. You will spend a year working within entrepreneurial teams in innovative organisations. Learn from inspirational people, have a real business impact and earn a salary.

Learning & development

We will equip you with the skills, mindset and frameworks to put your entrepreneurial drive into action. Through our unique hands-on education in entrepreneurship you will learn and grow.

Coaching & mentoring

We match you to an executive coach and business mentor to bring the best out of you and your business. Honest and actionable feedback tailored to you and your ambitions.

Events

Events where you will engage with and learn from entrepreneurial leaders. Grow your network, get your voice heard and learn from entrepreneurial successes and failures.

Your NEF year - What to expect

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