We're delighted to collaborate with KPMG to launch the Black Entrepreneurs' Award (BEA) - a recognition and bespoke 12 month business acceleration programme, designed to support Black heritage entrepreneurs and their start-ups to become investment ready. Three winners will receive expert business support, a senior mentor, publicity and a cash prize.

While start-ups founded by Black entrepreneurs are on the rise, due to reduced access to funding and support, they can often become stuck early on in their journey. In response, this competition and business growth programme aims to accelerate, recognise and celebrate success among entrepreneurs from Black backgrounds.


KPMG knows how to help businesses grow.

The three winners will receive access to the same deep technical and business expertise we provide to our clients, and will be enrolled onto a 12 month acceleration programme receiving:

  • A dedicated senior KPMG professional to provide mentorship and coaching

  • Expert-led skills workshops covering: accelerated growth strategies, leadership, organisational culture, financing and negotiation

  • Publicity through our PR channels

  • £5,000 to invest in their business or as a donation to the charity or community project of their choice


  • Studies show that Black professionals can often face barriers in progression beyond middle management.

  • This has led to a growing trend of entrepreneurship, the shift to increased self-employment and the subsequent growth of Black founded start-ups.

  • Government reports indicate it is more difficult for ethnic minorities to obtain the support and funding they require to establish a business and become investment ready.


  • This initiative is aimed at entrepreneurs from a Black heritage background

  • Any individual from this background who owns a start-up company that is registered and based in the UK is encouraged to apply

  • At the minimum your company must have a viable product/service

  • The competition is not open to any business which is a KPMG audit client



AUGUST 20, 2018


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