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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 $130 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


Mandela is a 2x founder, startup ecosystem leader, and angel investor. 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

Interim CEO

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.

Anastasia Simon

Anastasia Simon

Program Director

Anastasia is is an experienced operator who has spent the past decade developing marketing strategies for early-stage startups. Most recently, she was a Senior Associate at Shadow Ventures where she developed programming for the first fully virtual incubator for built environment startups.


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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