In our entrepreneur spotlight series, we invite entrepreneurs to share their journey and what they have learned along the way.
Georgia Bennett, co-founder of Young Diverse World Changers (YDWC)
What do you love about being a Black entrepreneur?
Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen a real boom in Black Entrepreneurship in the UK, and I think it’s been driven by the age of information and the increase of networks, like Young Diverse World Changers (YDWC), that bring ambitious people from diverse cultural backgrounds together to share knowledge, ideas and resources. It ‘s exciting to be part of a grassroots movement that is empowering Black talent and cultural diversity. I get a real sense of fulfilment seeing the impact our community can make when we channel our collective agency and social capital to overcome a legacy of racial and social marginalization.
What are you looking forward to at the Birmingham Black Business Show?
Having grown up in Birmingham, I love this city and the diversity it offers. There’s just something about the Brummy spirit that you can’t knock! I’m looking forward to discovering new local businesses and growing the YDWC network and presence in the West Midlands.
What advice would you give to the side-hustlers and young entrepreneurs starting their journey?
Be patient and purposeful. Building a successful business doesn’t happen overnight – it takes vision, conviction and resilience. In today’s digital age expedience has become an overrated social currency, where achievements are only meaningful if they happen within a certain time frame or by a certain age. It can be easy to want to rush the process to see immediate results in the first few years of building a business, but to build something that creates meaningful and lasting value takes time and trial and error. Give yourself the grace to run (or walk) at the pace that’s right for the size of your dreams.
How do you typically start your day?
I’m not a morning person, and I like a slow start to my day. This is usually waking up and meditating for 30 minutes, followed by a cup of tea while I listen to an audiobook.
Share a moment of truth as an entrepreneur, best decision, best advice received
Getting a mentor changed my life. Find someone you respect and who has insights that are relevant to your ambitions and reach out. Having someone on side who can help you set the right goals and hold you accountable will supercharge your drive and impact