Changing the Black narrative
The story so far.
BYP Network was created in 2016 by the need to connect Black professionals and students from all over the world for role model visibility, career opportunities and business support. As a former Great Britain athlete and top student, Kike Oniwinde Agoro was afforded many opportunities during the start of her career journey, including a full scholarship to the University of Florida. She met some incredible people there, including Black students and professionals across different backgrounds, however it dawned on her that there wasn’t much Black representation outside of sports and entertainment. On top of being one of only a few Black people in her banking internship, the 2016 Black Lives Matter protests further highlighted to her the need to not just protest the problem, but deliver a solution. And so she was motivated to build an empowering platform that works with corporate partners to diversify acquisition pipelines and drive positive change across all industries.
BYP Network has a mission to advance the careers of millions of Black professionals through our new platform, Javelin. We are a connector. We connect our members to one another, job opportunities, mentors, and thought-leadership content. We measure impact by how many connections we have been able to facilitate, how many people attended our courses/ webinars, how many leads/CVs we have sent to our corporate partners. We also measure impact by our reach. How many people have watched our events/masterclasses online, how many people have read our insightful blogs or downloaded our recent race report. Some example statistics below:
- We have sent over 11,000 Black professionals CV/Contact information to our corporate partners for job opportunities
- 22,500 job applications/interested candidates have gone through our platform
- We have up-skilled over 25,000 members through our conferences, events and webinars
- we have connected over 200 mentor/mentee matches
- We have a 9.6 NPS Score
- Over 1,000 organisations have used our job board
- We host over 50 webinars a year
- We are located in 10 cities around the world including Dubai, Lagos, Atlanta and New York
BYP Network facilitates employment, mentoring, networking and up-skilling for our members whilst working with start-ups through to large corporations such as Accenture, Facebook and Depop. With a focus on recruitment, retention and reputation through our job board, shortlisting of candidates, webinars and connections to Black/BAME internal networks to help mobilise change. BYP Network helps organisations with their DEI goals by attracting, retaining and engaging Black talent. We do this by helping clients position themselves as employer of choice through brand visibility, mentoring programmes, talent acquisition and educational training programmes. Through our new platform, Javelin, we will directly match our members to opportunities with our partner firms. Below is a list of our services:
Branding & Engagement:
Our branding and engagement package is an omnichannel way to raise brand awareness and advocacy with the Black community and amplify lead generation. enhance your employer value proposition and build social capital through a collection of: events, promotions, Newsletter, Content hub & job board
We host a regular programme of online and in-person events throughout the year, including partner-focused webinars and masterclasses, panel discussions and interviews, networking events, US summits and our annual flagship Leadership Conference in London
We run 6-month mentorship programmes where partners are matched with Black professionals looking to learn more about the company, industry or their self-development. It is a mutually enriching programme that teaches leadership, communication, CV-building, industry knowledge and negotiation skills, whilst also leading to potential job hires.
Black Experience Course
Generalist unconscious bias training is not enough, and can be dismissive to the particularities of different minority experiences. Our Black Experience Course (BEC) is a 2-3 hour CPD-accredited online course, packed with trainer-led videos, questions and case studies that detail the Black experience at work. Our course comes with a certification upon completion that can be shared online as indication of conscientious support.
We had 678 people attend our ‘Connect to Nigerian Youths’ initiative in response to the destructive police brutality and killings we witnessed during the #EndSars campaign.
*The Naira (sign: ₦; code: NGN) is the currency of Nigeria
BYP Network are solution focused. When we saw the plight our community faced we were compelled to do what we could to help ease the suffering of our much valued key workers. Partnering with an incredible, like minded organisation such as Kwanda made perfect sense as our missions were well aligned..
Lead a BYP-Chapters
With 150,000 members across 5 continents, our community gathers round BYP-Chapters.
Each peer group is led by a Chief Activator who creates valuable opportunities for BYP-Chapters members to network, upskill and share knowledge.
If you are a natural leader who is passionate about driving change for Black professionals and want to make a positive impact in your community, we invite you to apply to be a Chief Activator to lead either a City or Professional BYP-Chapters.
The benefits of being a Chief Activator include:
- Accelerate the growth of your professional network
- Fast track your career progression
- Increase your earning potential
- Gain exposure as a trailblazer who drives positive change for young black professionals
- Receive VIP access to the BYP Network Leadership conference including complimentary ticket, front row seat, swag and invitation to parties and drinks receptions
- Be invited to an exclusive Leadership Retreat for Chief Activators hosted at Country House in the United Kingdom, where you will have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and share knowledge with fellow Chief Activators
Do you want to make an impact? Are you a natural leader? Are you someone who is passionate about providing representation for the future generations?