Alliance Manchester Business School alumna Christina Taylor, has this week been named as one of Business Insider’s 10 female founders of colour to watch in Europe.
Christina founded dance company Aim Sky High, who work to help socially mobilise children and young people and address social issues through their dance classes. Starting with just 23 children, the programme now works with an average of 500 children a week, including European and World Streetdance Champions. They have danced for high profile celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Stormzy, and starred in a CBBC documentary about the dance school.
“I was so surprised and honoured, especially when I saw ‘in Europe’!” said Christina. “It has always been a goal of mine to be featured in Business Insider and I think this is the best way possible.”
“I feel like my time at Alliance MBS and at the Masood Enterprise Centre (MEC) has helped me massively. The enterprise modules especially, and the practicality of the Masters in Enterprise (MEnt) and the support of my lecturers. I would not be where I am today otherwise. MEC really showed me my own potential and nurtured and supported me, and for that I will be forever grateful.”
Christina says that she feels that having a strong sense of purpose in what she does and always aiming to serve has been what has differentiated her and helped her to access a lot of the opportunities she has.
What advice would Christina give to young women of colour who are interested in starting their own business?
“I would tell them to be tenacious and just go for it. We are used to overcoming hurdles, the challenges just make the success sweeter!”