12 episodes

The Courageous Collective is a monthly podcast that celebrates diverse women business owners, who dare to do things differently. Created by comms expert and copywriter Rupa Bharadva (http://www.rupabharadva.com/)) and branding specialist Vardeep Edwards (http://www.thebrandingfox.com/)), the podcast will feature conversations with female founders from diverse backgrounds. Each episode will focus on the stories behind the founders' businesses; their fears and challenges; how they've overcome them; how their roots and backgrounds have influenced decisions; their inspirations; and what they're yet to achieve.

Rupa and Vardeep created this podcast after noticing a big gap in magazines, at events and on podcasts. There are few women 'like them' represented in these spaces, despite there being many diverse women business owners!

The creative pair decided to take matters into their own hands. They've created a podcast platform to champion diverse female founders and celebrate their achievements.

Contact: [hello@rupabharadva.com](mailto:hello@rupabharadva.com) and [vardeep@thebrandingfox.com](mailto:vardeep@thebrandingfox.com) for more information.

The Courageous Collective Vardeep & Rupa

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The Courageous Collective is a monthly podcast that celebrates diverse women business owners, who dare to do things differently. Created by comms expert and copywriter Rupa Bharadva (http://www.rupabharadva.com/)) and branding specialist Vardeep Edwards (http://www.thebrandingfox.com/)), the podcast will feature conversations with female founders from diverse backgrounds. Each episode will focus on the stories behind the founders' businesses; their fears and challenges; how they've overcome them; how their roots and backgrounds have influenced decisions; their inspirations; and what they're yet to achieve.

Rupa and Vardeep created this podcast after noticing a big gap in magazines, at events and on podcasts. There are few women 'like them' represented in these spaces, despite there being many diverse women business owners!

The creative pair decided to take matters into their own hands. They've created a podcast platform to champion diverse female founders and celebrate their achievements.

Contact: [hello@rupabharadva.com](mailto:hello@rupabharadva.com) and [vardeep@thebrandingfox.com](mailto:vardeep@thebrandingfox.com) for more information.

    #012 How to build a standout brand

    #012 How to build a standout brand

    In this episode, we take a closer look at branding with the help of my co-host Vardeep aka The Branding Fox.
    Get ready for an incredibly useful episode that will help you understand how to unleash the power of branding in your business.
    With more than 20 years of experience working with ambitious entrepreneurs to create standout brands, Vardeep has plenty of advice and tips for creative business founders.
    Listen now to hear why branding is so much more than a logo, how it can give you a competitive edge over similar businesses and help you connect with your clients.
    Grab a cuppa, pen and notebook as there’s so much good stuff here that you can use within your business right away!
    In the episode, Vardeep talks about these helpful resources:
    The Branding Fox’s brand audit guide: https://www.subscribepage.com/thebrandingfoxbrandaudit Enterprise Nation: https://www.enterprisenation.com/ Federation of Small Businesses: https://www.fsb.org.uk/ Holly Tucker’s Conversations of Inspiration Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0Mi3Msz84zTjRu8bb9M8DO Female founded brands to follow on Instagram:
    Mowgli Street Food Holly Tucker Wuka Don’t forget to follow Vardeep on LinkedIn and Instagram if you don’t already! And while you’re at it, do say hello to us on Instagram.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5* rating and review.

    • 37 min
    #011 How embracing curls fuelled a thriving, inclusive business - Dolly Sembi

    #011 How embracing curls fuelled a thriving, inclusive business - Dolly Sembi

    In this episode, we meet Dolly Sembi, who specialises in curly hair. Dolly is known for her ability to help people embrace their natural hair texture. Her passion comes from her experience as a South Asian woman with curly hair,  which was often considered unruly and too big.
    In this wide-ranging interview, Dolly talks about becoming a hairdresser later in life, and how she transforms not only her clients’ hair but their confidence too.
    We also discuss the challenges of being part of the ‘lost generation’ growing up in the UK and feeling out of place, as well as in India, where we felt like outsiders too.
    If you’re considering following your passion, this is a must-listen!
    Don’t forget to follow Dolly on Instagram. And while you’re at it, do follow our Instagram too!
    https://www.instagram.com/dolly_curls/
    https://www.instagram.com/the_courageous_collective/
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5* rating and review. Your support helps to feature more amazing guests.

    • 44 min
    #010 Why resilience is the skill to nurture this year

    #010 Why resilience is the skill to nurture this year

    Welcome back to Season Two of The Courageous Collective podcast!
    In our first themed episode, we dive into the topic of resilience and why we consider it an essential skill for business founders, especially women of colour. Join us as we share our personal experiences of resilience and the valuable lessons we’ve learned along the way.
    We really hope you enjoy listening!
    We did lots of homework in preparation for this episode so do check out the following resources that inspired us for this episode…
    The Courageous List
    What is resilience? Your guide to facing life’s challenges, adversities and crises | Katie Hurley | Everyday Health Celebrating the resilience of women of colour entrepreneurs | Faster Capital The pay and progression of women of colour - a literature review | Fawcett Society Build your resilience at work to overcome the ‘the pecking order’ | Ruchika Tulshyan | Forbes The resilience recipe for female founders | The AllBright Collective The power of believing that you can improve | Carol Dweck | TedxNorrkoping The three secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone | TedxChristchurch How to build resilience as your superpower | Denise Mai | TedxKerrisdaleWomen Come and chat to us on Instagram! If you enjoyed this episode, do recommend it to your friends and please leave us a 5* rating and review - we appreciate your support!

    • 37 min
    #009 The Courageous Collective: Season 1 finale

    #009 The Courageous Collective: Season 1 finale

    In the final episode of the year, we look back at Season One of The Courageous Collective podcast! Join us as we revisit our favourite moments, reflect on the stories and appreciate the valuable advice shared by our incredible Season One guests.
    Thank you to all our wonderful guests, who’ve been so generous with their time and insights. They’ve shown us that there is a high calibre of creative business founders from diverse backgrounds, whose stories we might not have heard otherwise. We hope you found Season One as inspirational as we did. We’d love to hear your feedback - do let us know!
    What’s next? Season Two teaser…
    While this episode marks the end of our current season, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be back in early 2024 with more incredible women creative founders. Listen to this episode to find out more about Season Two, and here’s a little spoiler for you: we’re doubling the number of episodes we release each month!
    A special gift for you…
    We wanted to recap season one in a way that will continue to inspire, so we’ve created a limited-edition keepsake poster featuring our incredible Season One Collective! We’re giving away 3 posters in an Instagram giveaway week commencing 04 December - follow us on Instagram The Courageous Collective Instagram for a chance to win!
    Thank you!
    We truly appreciate you being a part of our podcast journey! We hope you’ve enjoyed Season One as much as we have, and we can’t wait to reveal even more inspiring stories in the seasons to come. Please don’t forget to subscribe, rate and leave us a review if you’ve enjoyed The Courageous Collective. Your support means so much to us!
    Connect with us
    Stay updated on exciting news from The Courageous Collective podcast by following us on Instagram: @the_courageous_collective.
    You can also find us on…
    INSTAGRAM:
    @rupabharadvacomms
    @thebrandingfox.com
    WEBSITES:
    https://rupabharadva.com/
    https://thebrandingfox.com/
    See you in the New Year!
    Rupa and Vardeep

    • 23 min
    #008 The Courageous Collective: Interview with Bhavnisha Parmar

    #008 The Courageous Collective: Interview with Bhavnisha Parmar

    Today we sit down with Bhavnisha Parmar, an actor, voiceover artist and radio DJ. You won’t want to miss this - our final guest interview for season one!
    Bhavnisha has appeared on Doctor Who, been featured in adverts and corporate films, narrated sleep stories for the Calm app, and hosts the Chill show on BBC Asian Network every Monday at 10pm.
    We thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Bhavnisha. She’s full of energy and has plenty of advice for you. She shares why she sees herself as a business owner and how she’s worked on her mindset, built up her confidence and how she’s marketing herself in the competitive industry she works in.
    Sit back, relax and enjoy the soothing tones of Bhavnisha.
    Before we go, we’re now planning season two of the podcast and are looking for new guests to interview. Are you a woman of colour who is a creative business founder? Would you like to share the story behind your business? What makes you courageous? How do you do things differently as a business owner?
    We’d love to hear your story! If you’re interested or know someone who would make a brilliant guest, please complete this short form and let us know a bit more about you https://bit.ly/46xoW8d
    Connect with Bhavnisha
    Check out Bhavnisha’s website - www.bhavnishaparmar.com, and follow her on Instagram - @bhavnisha_parmar
    The Courageous Collective
    Stay updated on exciting news from The Courageous Collective podcast by following us on Instagram: @the_courageous_collective.
    You can also find us on…
    INSTAGRAM:
    @rupabharadvacomms
    @thebrandingfox.com
    WEBSITES:
    https://rupabharadva.com/
    https://thebrandingfox.com/

    • 46 min
    007 The Courageous Collective: Interview with Tanvi Paul

    007 The Courageous Collective: Interview with Tanvi Paul

    Hey! We’re back with a new episode and this time, we meet Tanvi Paul. Tanvi is the founder of Gorj Salons, based in Kent. She’s an architecture graduate turned salon owner and won 'Women in Business Award Kent’ in 2021.
    In this episode:
    Hear how Tanvi took a "big gamble" and bought her first salon at just 25 Find out how Tanvi uses her design and marketing skills in the beauty business Why she’s campaigning to save the high street And learn more about Tanvi’s latest venture - opening her third salon in Bluewater Shopping Centre. As always, we’d love to hear what you think of the episode and whether our guests’ stories resonate with you. Do let us know!
    Connect with Tanvi
    Visit https://gorjstrood.co.uk/ or https://www.gorjbluewater.co.uk/ to find out more about Gorj beauty services. Follow Tanvi on LinkedIn and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gorjstrood/ & https://www.instagram.com/gorjbluewater.
    And don’t forget The Courageous Collective is now on Instagram too - find us @the_courageous_collective.
    We hope you enjoy listening to this episode - let us know what you think!
    INSTAGRAM:
    @rupabharadvacomms
    @thebrandingfox.com
    WEBSITES:
    https://rupabharadva.com/
    https://thebrandingfox.com/

    • 39 min

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Digitalbrummie ,

Brilliant!

A very motivational podcast - I cannot wait for the next season!

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