NEFer Kike Oniwinde wins The F Factor funding for her start-up BYP Network


In the past year, our NEF alumna Kike Oniwinde won the Founders Forum F Factor prize, gone viral & raised £150K in pre-seed funding for her startup BYP Network – Black Young Professionals Network.

Kike is the CEO and Founder of BYP Network, a platform to connect black young professionals with each other and corporations. With diversity and inclusion being an ongoing issue in many workplaces, BYP is creating a network for corporates to tap into, as well as a community of people to connect and support each other.

BYP was not her first attempt at setting up a business; Kike has trialled and tested several ideas from the age of 18. Kike has found that she has grown a lot during her time on NEF, personally and as a leader, something that has been fuelled by the support from coaches and mentors. The NEF network has also been invaluable for expanding her horizons and providing access to opportunities.


“If I didn’t have NEF I wouldn’t have the knowledge that I have in terms of what can be done and how to really grow your start-up. I really don’t think I would be where I am right now […] I want to be the leader in improving diversity in corporations – I want to be global.”


Read her talk about the support she’s received by NEF now on Evening Standard.