Welcome to include me

Include Me was founded in Leeds in 2020 from a deep sense of purpose, driven by lived experience and amplified by the challenges and isolation of diverse founders and innovators who are starting, building and looking to scale their businesses

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Include Me

Include Me is a place for everyone who feels unheard or underrepresented in their journey as an entrepreneur. Our open community platform connects people, places, communities, and organisations. Our mantra is to:

Listen

To understand the ‘real world’ barriers faced by our communities.

Amplify

The voices and issues of our innovators, founders and communities via our communication channel #Unmute

Connect

To find new solutions, through better collaborations between individuals, communities and organisations who share the same values and ambitions.

Change

To create a positive impact.

Research by Innovative UK and FSB finds that 75% of entrepreneurs grew up with dynamic role models, yet 78% of female business owners didn’t see role models who were of the same gender, over half (54%) of people from ethnic minority backgrounds didn’t have role models with the same ethnicity as them.

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#Unmute

Unmute is our vehicle for communication. It has ‘permission’ to talk about ‘whatever’ needs talking about, even the difficult and uncomfortable conversations. We run events, podcasts, workshops, discussion groups; and often act as the conduit between community and large organisations.

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D-List

D-List is a directory of diverse and exceptional entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders, and business owners. The D List boasts over 100 members, representing a variety of backgrounds, sectors, emerging technologies, ethnicity, and abilities. Each founder is a standout success in their field and a role model within their sector. D List celebrates diversity and showcases how it is harnessed as an advantage in innovation, start ups, and new product development teams.