YSYS 2023

 Connecting underrepresented talent to opportunities in tech.

As the leading diverse startup community in the UK, we believe that the tech industry should reflect the population at large. Whether it’s starting up or skilling up we aim to support 100,000 individuals from underrepresented groups with access to opportunities in the tech industry by  2023.

 Why Does It Matter 

The tech workforce more broadly is made up of 81% men - only 17% of startups are founded by women - the BAME pay gap is over £3.2B  - Less than 0.2% of investment goes to black female founders. All of this is having a negative impact on the growth of our economy. 

 

These statistics highlight the huge problem that exists in the tech industry. We want to make a difference by giving a voice to those who are underrepresented and unheard:

  1. Support founders from underrepresented groups launch startups and raise investment 

  2. Support underrepresented groups develop their careers  

YSYS was founded on the understanding that investing in diversity leads to economic growth and stronger communities. Over the past two years at YSYS we have provided access to opportunities for a diverse community of   

10,000 talented individuals in the UK.

We've worked with  JPMorgan, Financial Times, Linkedin and more to reach this goal and have been featured widely from  Forbes to The Evening Standard. Moving into 2020, we've designed two initiatives: TalentDoor and FoundersDoor, which support entrepreneurs and emerging leaders from underrepresented groups.

 TalentDoor 

 Career Office Hours

1:1 support on CV building, coding tests, networking, and interviews, recruitment processes, career progression and more

Career Accelerator Programme

A career programme for mid-level talent looking to progress within their current organisation 

Recruitment Insight Days

Industry events for underrepresented talent to gain insight into inclusive organisations looking to connect with diverse talent 

FoundersDoor 

Startup Office Hours

1:1 support for startup founders on their pitch decks, fundraising journey and business strategy  

Preaccelerator Programme

A six-week programme for the under 25's, designed to support young people launch startups  

Industry Insight Days

A series of panel talks and fireside chats from inspirational founders from diverse backgrounds

Partners

Commitment to diversity and inclusion in tech requires not only good intentions but action - we need your help to transform the face of the industry. We're looking for Partners and Ambassadors who share the same mission as we do, which is to connect underrepresented communities to opportunities in tech. This support will allow us to expand our initiatives and create 100,000 stories, with real change and impact. 

Ambassador

Join us a Partner and help us support 100,000 individuals from underrepresented communities develop the skills and confidence to launch startups and develop their careers.

 

Learn more below.

Interested in becoming a Partner in the future. Why not become an Ambassador. We welcome Ambassadors who are passionate about diversity and can introduce us to prospective Partners.

 

Sounds like you?  

Meet our Ambassadors

Check Warner

Investor and Founder of Diversity VC 

Recognised by Tech Nation as The 50 Inspiring Black Voices in UK Tech

Recognised by FT as The UK's Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology

Recognised by the Dots as Top 200 Women Redefining the Creative Industry  

Winner of We Are The City  Tech Women 50 Award

Our Impact In Numbers 

£10M 

Raised by startup founders in our community 

93% 

Increase in interviews and workplace confidence

10,000+ 

Supported across the UK with access to tech opportunities 

YSYS Partners

About

Your Startup, Your Story is a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, investors and more on a mission to make a difference. Our purpose is to equip diverse talent with the tools and resources to thrive within the startup ecosystem so that they can contribute to an equitable economy, which welcomes all individuals to participate.

© Your Startup, Your Story (YSYS) 2019

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