The FG Seed Cohort is a 6-week virtual program designed for founders who are already beyond the pre-seed stage, and who are seeking to raise $1MM to $5MM from venture capitalists. There is one FG Seed Cohort operating from April 22, 2019 to May 31, 2019. FG Cohorts are typically 15-50 founders per cohort. All FG programming is 100% virtual, so founders can participate from anywhere. Trainers for each cohort will be announced as they are confirmed.
April 22, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Week 1: Orientation
Week 2: Inside the Mind of a VC
Week 3: The Metrics That Matter
Week 4: Communication Counts
Week 5: Founder Advice
Week 6: Graduation
The Founder Gym Seed Cohort will have four expert trainers comprised of venture capitalists and venture-backed founders. New trainers will be announced as they are confirmed.
Training Sessions Facilitated By
Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
Vanessa Larco is one of the only Latina venture capital Partners in the industry. She joined NEA in 2016 and focuses on Enterprise SaaS and Consumer Services investing. NEA is one of the world’s largest venture capital firms, with more than $20 billion in committed capital across 16 funds. Some of NEA’s companies include Salesforce, Groupon, Jet, and Workday. Prior to NEA, Vanessa was the Director of Product Management at Box, which IPO’d in 2015. Her passion for design and analytics stems from her experience in the gaming industry, which includes working at Xbox and Disney. Vanessa holds a BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder & CEO of Promise
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is one of the few African-American female founders to raise venture capital from some of the most notable firms in the industry, including Y Combinator, First Round Capital, Kapor Capital, and Roc Nation (cue Jay Z). To-date, Phaedra has raised $12MM to scale her tech startup, Promise, which helps criminal justice agencies reduce recidivism, minimize costs, and promote public safety. Prior to co-founding Promise, Phaedra was Head of Care at Honor, another venture capital-backed startup that has raised $115MM in funding to scale their work to improved personalized home care for the elderly.
Managing Partner at Reach Capital
Jennifer Carolan is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Reach Capital, one of the leading edtech venture capital firms focused on investing in early childhood, K-12, and higher education, as well as lifelong learning. With over $135MM under management, Jennifer and her team have made early bets on several successful edtech companies, including Newsela and Class Dojo. Prior to launching Reach Capital, Jennifer co-founded NewSchools Seed Fund, was a classroom teacher in Elmwood Park, Illinois, and earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University.
Managing Partner at Base Ventures
Kirby Harris is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Base Ventures, a pioneering venture partnership in Silicon Valley. Base Ventures is an early-stage firm that has made more than 80 seed investments, including Rinse, Blavity, Olly Vitamins, Mayvenn, Plangrid (Acquired by Autodesk), and Baker Technologies (IPO as Tilt Holdings). Kirby started his investment career at an Oakland based boutique private equity firm where he was Vice President. In 2010, he joined Erik Moore to form Base Ventures where he enjoys helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into massive companies. Kirby is a Kauffman Fellow, MBA graduate, and alumnus of Morehouse College.
CEO of Founder Gym
Mandela SH Dixon has helped hundreds of founders raise startup capital and build successful businesses. She was the founding Portfolio Services Director at Kapor Capital, the Global Director of Startup Weekend Education, and a tech startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12 (acq. by Y Combinator). Mandela is a member of First Round Capital's prestigious Angel Track program. She is a sought-after speaker and has shared her frameworks on over 80 stages. Mandela has also received various recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups.
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Founder Gym does not take equity in startups; we are an application and fee-based training program. Just like college, you must apply to be admitted, and if accepted, you must be able to pay the program fee. The tuition for all FG Cohorts is the same.
A limited number of scholarships are also offered by our program partners. Within the FG Cohort application, you will find more information on how to qualify for these.
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Choose the Right Cohort for You
The ideal Founder Gym applicant for both pre-seed and seed cohorts has these qualifications:
Billion Dollar Market
Use the chart below to help you decide which FG Cohort you should apply to:
Users and/or Revenue
Chief Technical Officer
Raising Less Than $1MM
Raising More Than $1MM
Understands Pre-Seed Fundraising
Understands Seed Fundraising
Application OpensFeb 12, 2019
Set aside 30 minutes to complete the application. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. If you pass the application screen, you will be invited to participate in a video interview.
Application ClosesMar 31, 2019
Late applications will not be accepted, so be sure to leave plenty of time to submit yours before the deadline.
Selections AnnouncedApr 8, 2019
You will receive an email notifying you whether or not you’ve been selected for the cohort. You have 72 hours to submit your down payment to reserve your spot.
Cohorts FinalizedApr 11, 2019
Congratulations! You’re officially a member of a FG Cohort. You will be granted access to the orientation materials, and begin preparing for the start of the cohort.
Cohort BeginsApr 22, 2019
The cohort kicks off with Orientation. You will get the chance to meet your Gymmates and get your life in order, so you can focus on going hard in the Gym for the next 6 weeks.
Cohort EndsMay 31, 2019
You did it! You survived one of the most intense founder training programs. Now it’s time to use your new knowledge, network, and know-how to catapult your startup to the next level.