On Tuesday last week, we saw the culmination of our Cornerstone 2.0 nine-week scale-up program powered by Foundervine, and what a momentous occasion it was! If you’re unfamiliar with the program, Cornerstone Partners the first UK based, black focused Angel Investor Syndicate, came together with Foundervine to create a program dedicated to helping established post-revenue ventures with black founders, scale up their operations in an effort to bring more visibility to the work being done within the black community and create some new household brands that the community can look up to and be proud of.
We celebrated our inaugural cohort of 20 businesses and our official launch party in style at the incredible Level 39 in Canary Wharf’s iconic One Canada Square. We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those in attendance and all those who worked tirelessly throughout the whole nine weeks, including each and every speaker, mentor, partner and intern, there are too many names to mention but special thanks goes out to the Foundervine team and Level 39 you have been incredible partners! This has been an amazing experience for all of us and we look forward to working with a new cohort in 2020! Also a massive congratulations to Jess Aryee founder of coffee shop chain Jess and the Beanstalk for winning best pitch on the night we look forward to seeing your business grow!