We are on a mission to inspire the next generation of creatives and black businesses. Driven by the goal to provide a runway for emerging black talent, we hope to help build successful careers despite the challenges and inequalities that exist.

Yesterday

Our Founder, Kojo Marfo overcame a suicide attempt as a young student burdened with financial struggles. Instilled with a renewed sense of purpose, he developed a strong desire to inspire the youth to live fulfilling and rewarding lives. His entrepreneurial nature led him to create the signature fashion event ‘My Runway Show’ in 2013. This creative production in 3 years gave employability opportunities to over 500 emerging creatives in the Midlands alone.

In 2016, the tragic loss of our team member to suicide fuelled Kojo and the team to broaden our engagement with the youth community. My Runway Show had gained significant traction amongst the youth community and had become inundated with requests from those facing challenges with breaking into the creative industry. These young people were looking for high-profile production/campaigns they could engage in to add credibility to their employment profiles. This served as a catalyst for us to evolve My Runway Show to My Runway Group – a Youth Empowerment Organisation for emerging creatives from underrepresented backgrounds.

Today

MRG’s management team includes a combination of individuals with extensive experience across the creative, charity, investment banking and accounting industries. The blend of business, social and creative experience is an invaluable asset to the organisation. It enables us to run our operations effectively whilst achieving our goal of supporting young creatives.

My Runway Group spent the early part of 2020 restructuring our organisational structure to best prepare us for our physical events and expansion goals. With a newly formed Board of Directors Steering Committee and Production team, we have spent significant time recruiting strong talent that would be best positioned for these roles. We are continuing to adjust this new model to determine the most suitable structure that allows for greater accountability and operational efficiencies within the organisation.

For a long time, a perceived lack of opportunities, absences of black role models, socio-economic challenges, youth crime and mental health have plagued the career progression of emerging creatives in the cultural sector. With help from credible partners and our efficient team, we have been successful in overcoming these adversities through our creative projects.

Tomorrow

Over the last 8 years, we have impacted over 15,000 emerging creatives and over 500 black-owned businesses. Given we have built a solid track record with very few resources, the future is limitless in terms of what we will achieve. Our next phase involves securing new brand alliances and leveraging our collaborations with existing organisations to create valuable support experiences for the community.

We are now keen to replicate our successful programmes and initiatives in other parts of the UK, Europe and Africa. Cities such as Coventry, Manchester, Paris, Accra and Nairobi are buzzing creative scenes. Our cultural exchange programmes will enable us to reach and support undiscovered creative talent within these regions.

Our mission is to impact 100,000 creatives and 10,000 black-owned businesses by 2025. We are upscaling our marketing efforts to ensure My Runway Group is instantly recognisable as a global household name for supporting emerging creatives and black founders.

Meet The Team

Kojo Marfo
Creative Director

Publications