BYP: Network for Young Black Professionals
London-based entrepreneur Kike Oniwinde is developing a social networking app that aims to connect likeminded black professionals in the UK and elsewhere and help them find support in their careers in order to break the 'glass ceiling'.
Through the Black Young Professionals Network (BYP Network) app, users can not only form friendships but also collaborate professionally and pursue business opportunities together.
Oniwinde created the app following her own experiences as a young black professional in the UK and US. Looking to extend her professional network, she would often go to networking events, but found they were too formal and did not always reflect her own cultural background.
"A lot of young black people I met had achieved some success in their corporate careers or businesses, but many had the feeling of 'What now?'," she said. "They felt like they could do more, but there always seemed to be a limit to what they could achieve due to the culture of the workplace and the so-called 'glass ceiling'."
In 2017, fewer than one in 10 management jobs in the UK were held by members of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (McGregor-Smith Review, 2017). Oniwinde believes the BYP Network will help black professionals inspire one another to fulfil their potential and ultimately change the public's perceptions of young people of colour.
For more on the importance of inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, see Diverse Talent, Superhero Staff.