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5 and Founder Gym Team Up for Webinar Series to Support Women Tech Founders

During our shifting economic climate,, a nonprofit social enterprise, and Founder Gym, an online program training underrepresented founders on how to build successful companies, both saw the need to provide timely information for women founders. In turn, they created TheStartUp! , a six-part webinar series to provide free information for women founders in need of relevant resources and information to help build and scale their businesses amidst this unique time. The idea behind this collaboration is a culmination of business development and learning opportunities for women technologists and aspiring tech founders. Both companies are thrilled about this new partnership as they contribute their level of expertise in community engagement for women in tech. “Through this partnership, we will foster the development of more women-led startups that are equipped to navigate challenging experiences and overcome turbulent times, to scale world-class, high-impact companies,” shared...

Apr 1, 2020

AfroTech Partners With Hilton to Host Women in Leadership Dinner

On November 8th during AfroTech in Oakland, Black women techies, entrepreneurs and CEOs gathered together at Scott’s Seafood Pavilion in Jack London Square for the conference’s first annual Women in Leadership Dinner, presented in partnership with Hilton. The event,  co-hosted by Morgan DeBaun, CEO and founder of Blavity, Inc., and Andréa Richardson, Head of Multicultural Engagement at Hilton, converged more than 70 women in tech for an inspirational evening of connection, camaraderie and well-deserved commendation. Over an intimate dinner setting, DeBaun and Richardson spoke about the opportunity for women in tech to continue taking on leadership positions and the importance of extending their network. T he dinner provided attendees the chance to connect and celebrate one another and promote even more advancement for women in the field. AfroTech “Hilton, you have been such a huge support to Blavity for so many years, since the beginning,” DeBaun said in her opening speech. “Thank...

Nov 21, 2019

Founder Gym and Google are Teaming Up to Help Minority Founders

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...

Feb 13, 2019

Black Founders Give Black Founders Advice About Fundraising

I n 2016, 253 venture capital funds raised $41.6 billion , a 10-year high, and invested it into promising startups. There is so much money floating around to help founders realize their dreams, yet less than 1% of venture funding goes to black founders . So how can black founders learn to appeal to venture capitalists and secure the bag for their tech businesses? This is where Founder Gym comes in. Only seven months old, Founder Gym was created to help solve the funding gap and ensure more venture capital gets deployed to underrepresented founders, including black founders. Via an intense five-week virtual bootcamp, selected founders are given the structure, accountability and connections needed to advance their entrepreneurial endeavors. In its first two cohorts, Founder Gym graduated 70 founders, 50% of whom are black. We recently asked our black founders what advice they could give to other black founders who aspire to raise capital for their business. Here is what they said: “Be...

Jun 14, 2018

Building a startup is a risky proposition — are you ready for it?: An interview with Mandela SH Dixon of Founder Gym

Mandela SH Dixon is co-founder at Founder Gym , an online training center that teaches underrepresented founders how to build successful tech startups. She began her career in Silicon Valley in 2011 as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12. She led a global entrepreneurial program called Startup Weekend Education that spanned six continents and empowered thousands of entrepreneurs to launch edtech startups. Most recently, Mandela worked at venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where she supported the success of over 120 tech startups. She’s spoken for TEDx, Google, and Facebook. She’sForbes 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups, and Medium’s Top 10% of Writers. In this interview produced by OF10podcast , Will Lucas (OF10podcast host) and Mandela SH Dixon discuss helping people from diverse backgrounds make it in tech and startups, how to know if you have what it takes to build a big company, and how to feed and keep...

May 2, 2018