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About Founder Gym

Founder Gym is the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups.

The inaugural FG Fundraising Cohort debuted in January 2018, and since then, 613 founders spanning 26 countries and 6 continents have graduated and gone on to raise over $127 million in startup capital. FG Graduates reside in Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, The Philippines, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The Founder Gym leadership team is comprised of founders, startup advisors, professional educators, and seasoned tech ecosystem builders

Meet Our Team


Mandela SH Dixon

Founder & CEO

Mandela has one of the strongest networks in Silicon Valley, and with personal experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and ecosystem builder, Mandela is uniquely positioned to lead this movement. Previously at Kapor Capital and Startup Weekend, Mandela has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Awardee, Top 100 Powerful Women by Entrepreneur magazine, and LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups.


Paige Hendrix Buckner


Paige has worked for Apple, Teach for America, the Urban League, and TiE Oregon. She has founded two companies, and has a Master’s Degree in Education. As the facilitator of the FG Fundraising Cohort experience, Paige excels at helping founders succeed in the Gym and in the real world.


Cordelro Brown

Operations & Marketing

Cordelro Brown is a graduate of the University of Alabama (Go Bama!). He joined Founder Gym in 2017 as the company's first Fellow and has since advanced to playing key roles in the company's cohort operations, marketing, and digital engagement activities.


Jeremy Young

Visual Storyteller

After teaching for six years in schools like Khan Labs, Jeremy transitioned into sharing knowledge with a larger audience using multimedia. He specializes in photography and videography, and you may have seen his work featured on ATTN: or TechCrunch.

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