Libra is a springboard for underrepresented founders in the UK who are growing and seeking specific support for their scale journey.
The Libra 2.0 programme will focus on companies with at least one ethnic minority founder with lived experience of little or no access to capital and commercial and networking opportunities to help them access equal opportunity in their scale journey. In addition, to qualify, a company must already be already at the seed funding stage and have the ambition to scale and grow fast.
The free, non-residential, six-month programme is centred around themed insights sessions, delivered by some of the most established entrepreneurs, covering topics such as raising series A, selling into corporates, scaling your operations and expanding internationally. The programme will focus on peer-to-peer learning and the cohort companies sharing the challenges in their own individual journeys. During networking events, the cohort will also be introduced to key stakeholders and decision-makers within corporates, investment firms, government bodies, and others. Additionally, the Libra programme offers access to the cross-programme sessions hosted by Tech Nation sector programmes focused on Fintech and Applied AI and Net-Zero.
Libra 2.0 is now accepting applications. If you’re an underrepresented founder looking to level the playing field, this programme can support you. The deadline to apply is at 4pm, on the 28th June 2022.
To assess if your company would benefit from this programme, check if you/ your company fulfil the following criteria:
Must have at least one (self-identified) ethnic minority founder in the founding team, from the following ethnic minorities: Black, South Asian, East Asian or Arab. The founder can be multiracial, as long as this includes the ethnic minorities specified above.
A digital/tech-enabled tech business with a product or service.
The company is Seed to Series A funding stage.
It can have raised up to £10 million, or bootstrapped, with maximum annual revenue below £1.5M.
Able to demonstrate market traction
At least one active client or pilot
Ambition to scale
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