It takes hard work, determination, and talent to achieve startup success, but getting an early break from a major business leader like Lord Alan Sugar can be a real game changer, as entrepreneur Ross Testa, founder of video and social media agency 3 Heads Agency discovered.
At school, Testa had no idea where his future career lay. While his friends pursued predictable routes into law, medicine, and journalism, he admits that his plans were non-existent. Everything changed when, aged 18, he decided to organize a charity week at school to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust after one of his closest friends, Ellis Haggith, was diagnosed with leukemia.
He says: “I was determined to make it a success, and it was: the campaign raised just under £5,000 in one week. We had support from a lot of businesses and celebrities, and the experience made
There has been a renewed focus on diversity in tech In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK diversity organization OneTech has launched a new entrepreneur incubator and accountability groups with JP Morgan Chase to force change in the industry.
Since it was founded in late 2018, OneTech says it has supported 360 founders, 68% of whom are women and 91% are BAME. As of June 2020, the 180 businesses it has backed have raised a total of £13.6 million and created 130 jobs, it says.
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In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on diversity in tech.
But while many companies and execs have spoken out about the problem, few have succeeded in overhauling the status quo and bringing