Ethnic Minority Innovators Grant Competition



Are you an ambitious entrepreneur with an innovative business idea? Do you belong to an ethnic minority community in Northern Ireland? If so, we have an exciting opportunity just for you! We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking competition designed to spotlight and support the brilliant minds from ethnic minority backgrounds. This competition is more than just a chance to win – it’s an opportunity to transform your innovative idea into a thriving business. We believe in the power of diversity and innovation, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Ireland.


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MRANI is committed to recognising, promoting and advocating for the rights , integration and wellbeing of ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland through Awards ,Events and initiatives that celebrate their achievements and contribution to the economy of the country and raise public awareness.


To create an inclusive and diverse society in Northern Ireland where minority individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds  are valued , respected and empowered.


The awards, aim to celebrate the high-performing, diverse and exciting range of businesses that make up the further integration of minority business owners and contribute to the country’s economy.

Dr Nisha Tandon OBE - Outstanding Achievement

CEO & Founder ArtsEtka

Dr Nisha Tandon has been recognized as an “Outstanding Achiever” at the inaugural Minorities Recognition Awards ceremony in Northern Ireland.

Nisha’s incredible accomplishments and dedication to empowering minority communities have made a significant impact on society.

Dr Nisha Tandon, a visionary leader and social entrepreneur, has played a pivotal role in fostering diversity and inclusivity. As the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, she has tirelessly worked to bring people from different backgrounds together and create a more harmonious society.

Nisha’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous accolades and recognition for her work.

In her acceptance speech, Nisha expressed her gratitude for the honour and emphasised the importance of unity, understanding, and respect among diverse communities. She encouraged others to join in the journey towards creating an inclusive society where everyone’s contributions are valued and celebrated.

Dr Nisha Tandon’s recognition as an “Outstanding Achiever” at the Minorities Recognition Awards ceremony serves as an inspiration for individuals who are striving to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Her work exemplifies the power of advocating for diversity and inclusion, and we look forward to witnessing her continued success in championing social change.

Motaz Amer- Inspiring champion

Motaz is a social Advocate and prince´s Trust Ambassador . The young refugee has sucessfully championned diversity and inclusion in various sector including education business and social welfare . He has fearlessly challenged systemetic barriers and created a pathwhay for others to succeed . MRANI acknowledged his exceptional dedication , inspiring leadership and unwavering commitment to advancing the cause of minority communities.

Abdul Rhaman Ali (Kainos) _ Diversity & Inclusion Advocate

Data & Talent & performance consultant at (Kainos)
Abdul has been recognised for his unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Through tireless efforts, he has fostered an environment where individuals from all backgrounds feel valued, respected and empowered. Abdul Rahman Ali serves as a role model for all employees, motivating, them to embrace diversity and make meaningful contribution to the Company.

Dr Pragya Sharma - Young woman in business of the year

Founder & CEO of her own start-up company, GranLab,
Born and raised in India Arrived in Northern in to continue her studies at Queens University, Dr Pragya Sharma has defied the odds by overcoming cultural barriers and making significant strides in her industry. Her journey, filled with tenacity and inspirational leadership, serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs with a similar background.The Young Business Woman of the Year award recognizes exceptional achievement, innovation, and dedication demonstrated by young women in their pursuit of entrepreneurial success. Dr Pragya Sharma’s remarkable accomplishments have earned her this well-deserved accolade.

Monica MilcZareK - STEM

Founder & CEO Monroe Medical
Her groundbreaking achievements and commitment to promoting diversity in the STEM field have made her a true trailblazer.
As the CEO of Monroe Medical a successful firm providing HCPC1 and CORU registration, Monica has propelled the organisation to new heights within the STEM industry. Her legacy will continue to inspire a new generation of diverse STEM professionals and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future in the field.

Yetunde Shaw- Hospitality

Founder and CEO of Yetunde kitchen (African cuisine in Belfast)
Her exceptional journey in hospitality industry, combined with her at the MRANI awards highlights her outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and redefining industry standards .her dedication to transforming hospitality experiences, empowering others, and shaping a more inclusive industry makes her an extraordinary individual worthy of recognition and admiration.

James Ayo - Arts,Media & Advertising

Founder & CEO Hotbox entertainment (entertainment platform in East Belfast)
James faced numerous challenges on his path to success, but he turned them into opportunities for growth and learning. His resilience and determination have allowed him to navigate the ever-changing media landscape while advocating for greater diversity and inclusion.
His recognition in the category of Arts, Media, and Advertising serve as a true inspiration. With unwavering dedication to promoting diversity, he continues to shape the industry, creating a more inclusive future for all. James Ayo is a trailblazer whose work deserves our recognition and applause.
Diversity and Inclusion Advocate Individual- winner

Oyedamola Bolajoko- Diversity & Inclusion Advocate (Individual)

Manager at Home plus
Oyedamola has been recognised for her advocacy, leadership and passion. She has made significant impact on fostering acceptance, understanding and and equality within our local community.
Her dedication has not only helped to break down barriers but has also inspired others to take action and stand up for equality. Oyedamola serves as shining example of how individuals can make profound difference in their communities by embracing diversity and advocating for a more inclusive society.

Joseph Ricketts - HC. Inspiring Champion

CEO NextGen
Jo ‘tireless efforts in raising awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusivity have also gone beyond his local community.
Jobs remarkable journey continues to inspire those around him. His unwavering commitment to dismantling equality and diversity has earned him the admiration and respect of his peers Being recognised as a highly commended inspiring champion is a testament to his dedication and his unwavering spirit


MRANI Free Membership Registration

– Discount on our annual Awards night dinner
– Free training session (business structure, legal advice, Accounting &  Tax)
– Special discounts
– Annual conference 
– Access to mentoring
– CV support, Career discussions and recruitment fair
– Other Networking events

Complete the form to sign up for our membership service.

OUR Endorsers

Recognize & Celebrate with MRANI

Kate Nicholl MLA
Chair of All Party Group on Ethnic Minority

“I am delighted to support the inaugural of Minorities Recognition Awards NI. This is a chance to recognize and celebrate the important contribution by minority ethnic business owners and professionals, but it will also provide inspiration to those with an enterprising idea to start their own businesses. We must do what we can to ensure everyone in Northern Ireland, regardless of background or circumstances, have the opportunity to succeed”


Support MRANI

We are happy to be a collaborative Community for Organisations to exchange ideas, share advice and empower each other to create a working environment for all talent to thrive and succeed.

If you would like to discuss a potential partnership with MRANI,
Please contact us on the Phone: 0289 002 0145, WhatsApp: 07436397783

The Minorities Recognition Awards NI (MRANI) is an initiative set up to recognize and celebrate excellence among Minority business in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has a proud history of welcoming and integrating migrants from different parts of the world and these awards will also create a conducive atmosphere for migrant businesses and the local people to come together and celebrate the positive contribution of migrant businesses and Professionals to the community.

MRANI exists to effectively reduce bias and promote unity in the workplace, diversity must be celebrated. Fostering equality and cultural diversity is a major challenge that all of society is facing right now. Business, and more specifically people management, can play an important role in this regard by focusing on workplace diversity and inclusion policies and strategies. The existence of differences within a particular framework is called diversity. Ethnic, cultural, religious differences, and various other factors can all play a role in the workplace. The practice of ensuring that people with these differences feel a sense of connection and encouragement from the company is called inclusion. In the workplace, equality is about making sure people have equal opportunities, and equal pay and that their differences are accepted. It promotes a safe, secure, and inclusive workplace where people from diverse backgrounds can thrive.

What we do?

Not-for-profit organization based  in Northern Ireland

Minority Recognition Awards NI is a not-for-profit organisation based organization in Northern Ireland engaged in showcasing the minority ethnic contribution to the economy of the country while showcasing their talents and bring together the whole community.



To understand and support issues affecting the professionals and business owners from the Minority Community.



To bring different communities together during workshops events, cultural events, and awards ceremonies.



MRANI Encourages and supports new ideas and creativity that contribute to the Economy of the Country.



To embrace diversity, we will recognise and celebrate talents through MRANI Awards Ceremonies.

Why sponsor the MRANI Recognition Awards?

Our Organisation is a Company Limited by Guarantee and the aim is to help further integration of the Minority community in NI.
It will celebrate the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements professionals and business owners from the Minority Community in NI and empowers organisations with the necessary tools to attract, retain and progress their internal and talented employees from the Minority Ethnic.


This is in order to promote equality in different sectors and encourage the Minority community to show their talent and bring people together.


Raise your profile as an inclusive employer of choice for best talent in Northern Ireland all Ethnic included.


Show your organisation as a business that recognises and rewards talented employees.


Position your organisations as an active Ally promoting the successes of the MRANI and investing on Minorities Talent.


Position your organisation as a ‘sponsor in action’ using its brand and soft-power as a force for good.


Opportunity to connect with over 200 individuals, business leaders and influencers, rising stars and senior Allies.


Working with MRANI for the past three months has brought me immense happiness and played an irreplaceable role in helping me gain valuable experiences that proved vital in my job search. I felt a profound sense of joy and pride as we worked together to support and highlight the contributions of ethnic minority communities in Northern Ireland.

Lina Chan

My journey of working alongside Diane and managing the MRANI website has been both joyful and educational. This experience pushed me to learn about WordPress development, a skill I have now added to my arsenal. I am grateful to MRANI for the opportunity to learn, connect, and contribute to the community in ways that would not have been possible on my own.

Nana Ankomah

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Events Updates

We are proud to announce that we have recently celebrated the first  MRANI Awards for Ethnic Minority communitties in Northern Ireland . Nominations are now opened for the next Awards that will be celebrated on the 04/10/2024 at Titanic Belfast.

Checkout our video from the first ceremony below.


Thanks to Our Sponsors!

We greatly appreciate your support of our organization and the Minority Community.
Ulster Bank
Little Mama

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