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BYP Network was founded by the need to connect Black professionals and students from all over the world for role model visibility, career opportunities, business support and ultimately to solve our own problems.
As a former Great Britain Athlete and A* student, Kike oniwinde was afforded many opportunities including a full scholarship to the University of Florida. She met some incredible people including Black students and professionals across different backgrounds. It dawned on her that there wasn’t much representation outside of sports and entertainment yet there is Black talent everywhere. On top of being one of only few Black people in her banking internships the 2016 Black Lives Matter protests also convinced Kike that BYP Network could be a true solution.
After 3 years of building BYP, Kike added Meera Raikundalia as a Co-founder after meeting at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. Meera is passionate about amplifying Black Talent, working with Corporate partners to diversify acquisition pipelines and driving positive change across all industries.
In 2020, BYP held a historic million dollar crowdfund, grew the team by ten-fold and doubled down our efforts of ‘changing the Black narrative’.