Nicole Krystal Crentsil

Board Member at Beautonomy

Linkedin Changemaker 2021 | CEO of Black Girl Fest I Angel Investor in Black women founders I Forbes 30u30 2021

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Nicole Crentsil, the CEO of the U.K.’s first festival celebrating Black women, girls, and non-binary people, has done both. Black Girl Fest, which she co-created in 2017, is in some ways a larger version of an exhibition Nicole curated in 2016 called “Unmasked Women.” Featuring art from Adama Jalloh and Juliana Kasumu, the project opened up room for the Black community in Britain to discuss mental health, but it also planted seeds for her future work. In addition to leading Black Girl Fest, Nicole is also on the Members Advisory Board for the Tate, and a VC Scout and angel investor with Ada Ventures. Meanwhile, she also started Big Sis, a platform that supports the personal development of Black women and nonbinary people in creative industries through grants, networking events with Black entrepreneurs, and more. After navigating a difficult 2020 for live events, Black Girl Fest is now becoming a major platform that aims to help the Black community thrive in social, educational and economic spaces. The organization is split into two parts, the academy and the festival, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic created events such as workshops around Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming in addition to the annual marquee fest. So far this year, Black Girl Fest has hosted an intimate in-person Women Rise networking link-up in Accra, Ghana, and with a redesign under its belt, is looking toward the future of what the Black Girl Fest ecosystem might look like.

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