Eric Collins

We Don't Need Permission!
  • We Don't Need Permission!

  • 'Eric Collins is one of the most powerful business people in Britain.' The Times

    Eric Collins, host of The Money Maker, a new Channel 4 reality business show, started his career seeking venture capital investment back in the late nineties. Then, less than 1 per cent of the investable capital controlled by white fund managers was invested in Black entrepreneurs, and less than 4 per cent in female led companies. That number has not changed in over a generation. Which means that although women, especially Black women, make up the fastest growing entrepreneurial demographic, funding for the businesses they start is very limited.

    At a time when half of Black households in the UK live in persistent poverty - over twice as many as their white counterparts - We Don't Need Permission! argues that investing in Black and under-represented entrepreneurs in order to create successful businesses is the surest, fastest socio-economic gamechanger there is. Durable empowerment - from education to health outcomes - is key to solving the multiple problems that result from systemic racism and sexism. Durable empowerment can permanently close the inequality gaps that have hampered and continue to hinder Black people and women alike.

    Covering twelve key principles of successful, transformative entrepreneurship, We Don't Need Permission! reveals how it's possible to change a system that has helped some, while holding others back. It's time to stop waiting for someone else to give permission, Collins tells us, and start boldly making the world we want to see.

Eric Collins is a technology executive and serial entrepreneur. In 2011 President Obama appointed Eric to the Small Business Administration's Council on Underserved Communities. In 2018, Eric became part of a prominent group of Black European and US founders of Impact X Capital Partners. In the same year The FT named him among the UK's top 100 BAME leaders in technology. In 2019 and 2020 he was voted one of the most influential Black people in Britain on The Power List. Eric has appeared on Radio 4 and Sky News, and has been featured in The FT, Guardian, Times and Sunday Times. Spring 2021 sees Eric host The Money Maker, a new Channel 4 reality business series.

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