About Lisimba

Lisimba Pink is the creator of the Black Food Club and host of the Diversity All Star Podcast, which was created to help aspiring entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, by sharing relatable stories, experiences, and lessons.

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Weqool

#024: Making An App Without Knowing How To Code, With Adrian and Alexander Bulley

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Adrian and Alexander Bulley are the founders of Weqool, a social fitness app that helps you get fit, by working out with friends online.

They aim to reinvent the concept of online fitness by making exercise more fun, engaging and social, regardless of where you are at that moment in time.

In this episode, you will learn what to do if you want to make an app or software product, but you don’t know how to code. How to find a software developer for your idea and the benefits of creating a minimum viable product (MVP) when launching.

Check out the Show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Nina's Kitchen

#023: Sabrina Campbell Talks Winning In Catering With Instagram

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Sabrina Campbell is the founder of Nina’s Kitchen, a catering and events company that provides beautifully home cooked English, Caribbean & Nigerian dishes for a number of catering services.

From personal chef services to corporate Lunches, Team Building Events, Product Launches, functions, weddings and more.

In this episode, you will learn the benefit of using a checklist to organise your business operations. We learn how Instagram can help you to promote your business, and how to know when to turn down business/money.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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#022: Growing a Luxury Brand With Chocolate Entrepreneurs, Lois & Michela Wilson

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Lois Wilson & Michela Wilson are both sisters and co-founders of Saint Aymes, a brand with a mission to make every moment beautiful, by creating luxury, enchanting artisan chocolates, that are hand painted with 23ct gold, enriched with opulent colour and inspired by artistic greats.

Saint Aymes have been featured at the Saatchi Gallery for Scoop International Fashion Show, London Fashion Week and in Virgin Red Hampers.

Both sisters were selected from hundreds of to represent Virgin Start Up as Virgin Startup Ambassadors. Since the launch of Saint Aymes in Oct 2016, they are now stocked in Fenwick Bond Street, Central London. The Fenwick Newcastle Flagship store, a few independent UK boutiques and they will soon be stocked in the renowned Selfridges, here in the UK.

In this episode, you will learn how making your business partner into your fictitious internal client, can help with productivity and accountability. How Michela and Lois partnered with the right events to help grow the brand. Why when creating a luxury product, you must consider the longevity of the business, not just immediate short term revenue and why rushing your product to market, can kill your business

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Navina Bartlett

#021: Launching a Food Startup With Coconut Chilli Founder & Boss Lady, Navina Bartlett

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Navina Bartlett is an ethical food entrepreneur and Boss Lady of Coconut Chilli, a start-up food business that manufactures healthy and inventive South Indian microwaveable meal pots in the UK.

Navina has extensive knowledge of the food industry, having previously set up the StrEAT Food Collective – which brought together the very BEST local street food vendors. Navina’s business acumen has also led her to become a Virgin Start Up Ambassador.

In this episode, you will learn about the challenges of scaling a business, while maintaining your core values. Why it is important to keep a record of your figures and to keep data and we learn more about the best distribution channels and the power of going directly to the consumer.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Nadu Placca

#020: Helping Your Child To Start Their Own Mini Business With Nadu Placca

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Nadu Placca is an entrepreneurial mum and founder of NP Presents, an international creative events agency, that specialises in Event Management, Experiences and Training. Nadu’s determination to succeed, has seen her manage events at many notable venues including The Royal Albert Hall and Downing Street, to name a select few.

In this episode you will learn, how you can use “word of mouth”, to grow your business. How a vision board can help you achieve your goals and ways to get your kids involved with your business, or how to nurture their entrepreneurial curiosity.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Sebastian Thiel

#019: Entrepreneur Filmmaker Sebastian Thiel Talks YouTube, Leverage & Accountability

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Sebastian Thiel is an Award Winning Filmmaker & Digital Social Entrepreneur and founder of Upshot Entertainment, a Film production company. Thiel has featured on TEDx Talks, was listed in the Top 25 Under 25 most influential Londoners by Evening Standard, and recently had a show, “Just A Couple” feature on BBC3.

In this episode you will learn, how you can use YouTube content, as an advert to attract clients. How public speaking can help position you as an authority within your space, and why making statements public, can help you to be accountable

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Linda Mbagwu

#018: Coping With Business Pressure & Bouncing Back From Depression With Linda Mbagwu

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Linda Mbagwu started her own business at the age of 25 whilst homeless and living in her car and in less than 5 years grew it to a multi million-pound business.

She experienced a brief 3-month spout of depression, which included failed suicide attempts, in the first few months of running her business. Through research and working with coaches, she was able to get herself out of depression and on a journey of complete self transformation which resulted in the success of her business as well as improved relationships with friends and family as well as her personal well-being.

In this episode you will get an insight into how you can bounce back from depression. You will also learn what you need to build a multi-mullion pound company and how to manage fear when entering a new business.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Danielle McDonald

#017: Danielle McDonald Shares How Transparency Helps to Build an Authentic Brand Story

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Danielle McDonald is The Clarity Architect and Founder of Brands of Colour. She is dedicated to helping individuals gain clarity, develop the right mindset and take action for results. Danielle is known as “The Clarity Architect” for being on-target, succinct, concise and to the point.

In this episode, you will learn how transparency helps to build an authentic story for your brand. How to get prospects or partners to take you seriously before you have anything to show them, and how to get started with webinars.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Bola Yusuff

#016: How Small Businesses Can Compete With Larger Brands, with Bola Yusuff

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Bola Yusuff is the founder of International Tax Search, a recruitment company that specialises in the search of high calibre U.S. International Tax professionals across North America and Europe. Clients include Big 4 Firms, Boutique CPA Firms and International Law Firms.

Bola specialises in helping Senior level U.S International Tax professionals into career enhancing job opportunities.

In this episode you will learn, why it is important to think BIG in business, If you should “fake it, until you make it”, when starting out in business, and how as a small business, you can compete with larger brands, and win.

Check the show notes for resources, notes, and links from the show. Original Music by MadReal

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Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

#015: Ethical Beauty Entrepreneur, Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe Shares Her Premare Skincare Journey

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Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe is a multi-awarded ethical beauty entrepreneur and founder of Premae Skincare, the world’s first 100% allergen-friendly beauty brand, first originating from her kitchen in North London. Clare has won 16 Awards in four years, including royal recognition, a B.E.M from HM The Queen.

In this episode you will learn, how awards can help open doors for your brand, how to motivate your staff or your tea and how to Start a Skincare Range.

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