Croydon’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs have been celebrated at a seminar at Croydon College, with one half of Croydon rap duo Krept and Konan sharing his story to success.
Those at the conference heard from MOBO Award Winner Konan, along with strategy and business development company Baachu Works Limited director Baskar Sundaram, Croydon Council’s BAME Champion, councillor Patsy Cummings, and councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs. There was also a chance for networking for those in attendance.
The event, organised by Croydon Council, in partnership with Croydon College, was one of many being held throughout the borough during Black History Month.
Konan, who alongside a successful music career runs South End restaurant Crepes and Cones with Krept, spoke about being an unsigned artist breaking into the charts, and working his way to sell out shows across London, including Alexandra Palace this week.
He said: “A lot of people need inspiring, there’s a high expectation these days. Hopefully telling my story tells people how hard it can be, and it continues to be.
“There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“We heard amazing stories from our speakers today, who will certainly act as inspiration for those looking to follow their dreams of entrepreneurship.
“We’re proud to be one of the most diverse boroughs and it’s great to be able to celebrate diversity and entrepreneurship together.”
Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs