BAME Women In Tech Part 1- Abi Mohamed-
Community Growth Ventures (CGV)
“The majority of the tech industry is run by white men - with ethnic
minorities making up just 5% of the workforce.” (Source: BBC 1Xtra:
Online and Black: Living In A Digital World,
Community Growth Ventures (CGV) is an Angel Group, that provides
funding for founders of start-up businesses from under-represented
Me: So how did you get your start in the tech
Abi: I got into the tech industry in quite a weird way. For my undergrad I studied International
Relations and Economics, then I decided to do a Masters in Information System Management.
Once I did that I thought it would enough for me to get my 1st role in tech. I had industry
experience but more in sales, it was difficult job hunting, mostly rejected. I decided to join a
boot camp for 3 months, then got put into a placement for 2 years, that’s how I made way
into the tech world.
Me: What exactly does your company CGV do? This is for our readers information.
Abi: CGV invests time and resources to help passionate founders create sustainable
companies that deliver value to customers and the communities they operate in. The team of
3 supports pre-seed funding and seed funding stage startups around business strategy,
growth marketing, operations, and capital.
We have a list of angels (investors), who match
our founders with, or what we have also been doing is investing our own capital in founders.
Me: So what exactly is an
Abi: A person with an X disposable amount of income and they are interested in investing.
For example, investing in a startup or a small sized business (SME) with their own money for
equity exchange. They invest in a stake in the business.