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Black Founders Programme

Supporting startups get investment ready

The Black Founders Programme is an accelerator targeted at pre-seed or seed stage, Black-founded companies creating innovative products and services in the digital entertainment industry.

The aim of the programme is to fast track high-growth potential startups from a business and investment perspective, providing the support needed to increase their investment readiness level.

Sony Music UK is a collaboration partner for this programme and plays an active role in supporting business growth & facilitating connections where possible.

The programme has been running since 2023 and it already has one cohort. Below you can find more information about the benefits, community and the success stories.

Programme benefits

In addition to providing investment readiness, the programme supports Black founders to further create connections and networking opportunities, together with driving positive change across the UK startup industry.

Support Black founders become investment ready

Masterclasses, mentoring and coaching from industry experts

Peer-to-peer support

Potential for funding opportunities

Access to state-of-the-art facilities & deep tech expertise

Access to potential partners, investors and customers

Hear from the programme participants about their experience

Case studies

Nyangibo Gallery

Nyangibo Gallery is an online and in-person extended reality (XR) and 3D art gallery that launched in 2023, featuring some of the best established and emerging talent from the XR world, including London-based artist Leslie Deere, award winning French VR director/creator Tatiana Apraxine and 3D and fashion artist Yu Chen.

After following Digital Catapult and its activities for a while, Haami Nyangibo, founder of Nyangibo Gallery, decided to join the FutureScope Black Founders Programme to expand her experience running a creative tech business. As a Black founder, she wanted to be part of a programme where she could find the right mentorship and people who have similar experiences.

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Loud Parade

Loud Parade makes bespoke music for brands and creative agencies by facilitating the complicated process of syncing and licensing popular music. Using behavioural science and artificial intelligence (AI) to measure the marketing effectiveness and promotional impact of music and audio assets, Loud Parade provides music by working with a network of independent artists and through relationships with major labels.

The Black Founders Programme has allowed Loud Parade to develop its value proposition and connect with investors, improving the company’s investment readiness and deepening understanding of how to manage expectations when pitching to potential investors.

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Loud Parade: case study

Case study

Part of the FutureScope’s Black Founders Programme, Digital Catapult supported Loud Parade to get investment ready and receive business expertise.

Nyangibo Gallery: case study

Case study

Part of the FutureScope’s Black Founders Programme, Digital Catapult supported Nyangibo Gallery to get investment ready and receive business expertise