Half of Black households in the UK live in persistent poverty. Over twice as many as their white counterparts. Long-lasting economic empowerment is key to solving the multiple problems that result from systemic racism and sexism, and it is the best way to close the inequality gaps that have hampered and continue to hinder Black people and women. To directly tackle these issues, Eric Collins co-founded venture capital firm Impact X Capital in order to invest in under-represented entrepreneurs in the UK and Europe.
In his new book We Don’t Need Permission, Eric identifies ten key principles of successful entrepreneurship, aiming to inspire and motivate under-represented people to take their future and economic destiny into their own hands.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion into how current business leaders and organizations can navigate themselves to do business better, and why investing in Black and under-represented entrepreneurs in order to create successful businesses is the surest socio-economic game changer there is.
Eric Collins is a serial entrepreneur, investor, technology executive and host of Channel 4 business show, The Money Maker, which is based on the highly successful US show The Profit on CNBC. Eric has spent much of his career building the value of digital companies through innovative strategies at public and private companies including AOL, TimeWarner, Tegic/Nuance Communications, MobilePosse, SwiftKey/Microsoft and most recently, Touch Surgery, where he was COO. He sits on the boards of companies in San Francisco and London, including Tech Nation. President Obama appointed him to the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities. In his debut book, We Don’t Need Permission: How Black Business Can Change Our World (published September 1 2022) Eric argues investing in Black and underrepresented entrepreneurs is the surest, fastest socio-economic game changer there is. Eric is a brand ambassador for Audi, and The Prince’s Trust and has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, Sky News, Bloomberg, CNN, and several other media outlets. He is also a regular speaker. In 2018, The Financial Times named him among the UK’s top 100 BAME leaders in technology. Since 2019 Eric has been voted one of the most influential black people in Britain on The Powerlist.