Founder Gym, the popular 6-week online training program for entrepreneurs, is partnering with Google to elevate more underrepresented founders and help them gain the skills to scale their businesses.
Google and Founder Gym’s first project was a pilot program that started last March.
“For the first time, Founder Gym is bridging this gap by giving underrepresented founders the opportunity to be directly trained by some of the most experienced and successful venture capitalists and founders in the world,” Founder Gym CEO Mandela SH Dixon told AfroTech.
Google Startups is paying for startup leaders to participate in Founder Gym’s virtual courses. Founder Gym has online pre-seed and seed cohorts to help founders at various stages of their companies. The pre-seed cohorts offer daytime and evening sessions that educate entrepreneurs on the legal preparation of their company, how to find funding and effectively pitch to investors. The seed cohorts cover topics on the mentalities of venture capitalists, presenting relevant metrics and communication methodology that will take a company to new heights.
Since launching in 2018, Founder Gym has trained more than 170 startups and helped raise more than $35 million in funding.
Founder Gym is also part of Google for Startups’ partner network, and its alumni will now have access to Google’s tech training, mentors, and programming.
This year, Founder Gym is training more than 500 founders and expanding its programming to offer training for founders at the earliest stages of their companies.
Applications for the scholarship program are currently open, and the next Founder Gym Cohorts begin on April 23.