Vanessa Chiedza Sanyauke
Theo Lee-Houston
Award winners at Black Tech Achievement Awards

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Fantastic win for two of the founders with 1000 Black Founders at The Black Tech Achievement Awards 2024

1000 Black Voices:

  • Vanessa Chiedza Sanyauke, Founder The Hill App : App of the Year
  • Theo-Lee Houston, Founder Slinger : Entrepreneur of the Year


Slinger is a job platform changing the game in hospitality with fast hires, fair pay, real connections.

The Hill App

The Hill App is a SaaS B2B platform that enables businesses to hire talent with ease whilst saving on costs and time. The hIll App is on a mission to connect 1 million women in 140 countries to jobs and opportunities spanning Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Dr. Elizabeth Shaw Founder 1000 Black Voices said, “So proud. 1000 Black Voices has many award-winning founders…Most deserving indeed. Witness to Vanessa’s and Theo’s determination and growth – not only have they built winning innovative solutions, they also have incredible empathy for their communities.”

With Jones participation in the 1000 Black Voices Accelerator + Trade Mission, he was connected to Gary Stewart, MD of Techstars NYC powered by J.P. Morgan, Jones was selected to join  Techstars New York City accelerator powered by J.P. Morgan, gaining access to investment and world-class resources.

PayAngel is a multi-award winning high integrity payment service enabling global transfers and payments for Africans everywhere without the risk of fund diversion or misapplication. A global fintech platform, that empowers immigrants to shape the economic fortunes of their families and home regions, and enable local businesses gain access to new cross-border markets.

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Sade Amale

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Sade Amale, Founder Deep Loop featured in Forbes.

Deep Loop is an AI-driven market research platform, utilizing diverse data sources like text and video to analyze consumer sentiment. The platform empowers clients with valuable insights into consumer behavior, enabling informed decision-making.

Tommie Edwards

8 March 2024

Tommie Edwards, Founder Tech1M.

On International Women’s Day 2024, Tommie Edwards was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Entrepreneurship by Barclays Eagle Labs.

Tech1M is shaping the future of work. Tech1M is an enterprise software to attract, evaluate, and hire the right talents every time. 

Tommie’s contributions to entrepreneurship is truly inspiring.

Olivier Bacs

Q1 2024

Olivier Bacs, Co-Founder Bendi.

Bendi wins Innovate UK grant for the second time. 

Bendi was awarded £300K an Innovate UK SMART grant in 2022.

The 2024 Innovate UK grant includes personalised coaching and mentorship. 

Bendi uses an innovative mix of data science and machine learning to capture signals from customer’s global supply chains. Bendi’s new SaaS product and data offerings offers a clear picture of the events affecting textile supply chains to prepare companies for a brand-new legal landscape that puts humans first.

Theo-Lee Houston

19 October 2023

Theo-Lee Houston, Founder Slinger. 

Slinger closed it’s pre-seed funding of £500,000.

Investors in this is funding round are Fuel Ventures leading the round, Ufi Ventures, Andrew Gale, Dan Cobley (Ex Google MD), Cornerstone Partners, Resolution Foundation, Tim Parsons (Wage Stream CFO), Gary Elden (EX SThree CEO), Ben Westwood, Richard Ng, and the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, where Slinger was selected alongside 15 other business across Europe.