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Meet 30-year-old Black-British entrepreneur who is investing $100 million in female-founded firms

by Mfonobong Nsehe
Steven Bartlett

Steven Bartlett, a Black-British entrepreneur with a unique upbringing as the son of an English father and Nigerian mother in Botswana, is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exceptional and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.

From a young age, Bartlett demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, and he established his social media company, Social Chain, from his bedroom in Manchester. Through his tireless efforts and dedication, Social Chain has become one of the world’s most influential social media companies.

Bartlett’s accomplishments extend beyond his groundbreaking work with Social Chain. He has made a significant impact in the world of media, becoming the youngest-ever Dragon on the popular TV show Dragons’ Den.

He is now using his expertise and resources to invest $100 million in female-founded firms through his Flight Story Fund (FSF). Bartlett’s dedication to supporting female entrepreneurs represents a significant step forward for the business community.

Steven Bartlett plans to invest $1 million to $10 million in at least ten early-stage startups

Bartlett is committed to empowering female entrepreneurs and disrupting the norm, and he believes that the perfect vehicle for achieving these goals is through FSF, a $100-million fund dedicated to supporting innovative start-ups and investing in the next generation of female-led unicorn companies. 

He plans to invest $1 million to $10 million annually in at least 10 early-stage European startups through his $100-million fund, for which he has secured both verbal and contractual commitments for the entire amount. Leveraging his extensive network and resources, Bartlett’s goal is not only to build stronger companies but also to accelerate their growth.

While discussing the launch of the new fund, Bartlett expressed that his drive to create and grow businesses is what truly motivates him, stating: “At this phase of my life, making a lot of money doesn’t seem like a significant enough motivator to go through hardship. My passion in life is building companies, taking things from 0 to 100.”

Despite challenges, Bartlett’s impact on UK business scene is undeniable

Bartlett’s success hasn’t come without challenges. His claims of being a multimillionaire at the age of 28 have been questioned by the Times and other significant newspapers, citing public documents that show his company recently sold for £7.7 million ($9.3 million).

However, no one can deny the impact that Bartlett has had on the UK business scene, and how he has paved the way for other black entrepreneurs, not only in tech but in the business world.

As Bartlett continues to make waves in the business world, it’s clear that he’s just getting started. His investments in blockchain technologies, biotech, space, Web3, and social media, coupled with his commitment to empowering female entrepreneurs, have cemented his status as a visionary leader and trailblazer.

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