Testimonials

FG Graduates Keep Winning

Founder Gym Graduates continue to win pitch competitions, get admitted into accelerators, earn investment dollars from angels and venture capitalists, and get featured in the press. Here’s a shortlist of just some of the organizations who are excited to be associated with FG Graduates:

VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS Investing in FG Graduates

  • 43 North
  • ArlanWasHere Fund
  • Backstage Capital
  • Bronze Valley
  • HearstLab
  • Kapor Capital
  • KiwiTech
  • Make in LA VC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Newark Venture Partners
  • Overkill Ventures
  • Pipeline Angels
  • Precursor Ventures
  • Seed Invest
  • WeFunder

ACCELERATORS Admitting FG Graduates

  • Backstage Accelerator
  • Chloe Capital Women
  • Investor Accelerator
  • Conscious Venture Labs
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Jaguar Land Rover Accelerator
  • Mass Challenge
  • Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab
  • Portland Incubator Experiment
  • Quake Capital
  • Samsung Next
  • Seed Rocket
  • Telefonica Open Future
  • Techcode
  • Village Capital

PITCH COMPETITIONS Awarding FG Graduates

  • American Underground
  • California Climate Cup
  • Hatcher+
  • Kapor Center
  • Latinx Startup Weekend 2019: NYC
  • New Voices Fund Pitch Competition
  • People Ops Tech
  • Pitch Latino
  • Shark Tank
  • SXSW

MEDIA Featuring FG Graduates

  • Black Enterprise
  • Bloomberg Business
  • Boston Globe
  • CNET
  • CNN
  • Essence
  • Fast Company
  • Financial Times
  • Forbes
  • FOX News
  • Inc. Magazine
  • Lonely Planet
  • New York Times
  • Out Entrepreneur Podcast
  • Startup Playground Podcast
  • Symbion
  • Washington Business Journal
  • Wired
  • Vice

What Founders Are Saying

“Because of Founder Gym, I have my fundraising paperwork in order and a new community of amazing founders that I look forward to supporting and elevating along the journey.”
NanaEfua Afoh-Manin
Founder of Shared Harvest Fund
FG Cohort 5
“During the cohort, I gained such a positively stimulating amount of information about fundraising, investors, legal prep, pitching, networking, nationwide communities, and more!”
Isaiah Johnson
Founder of Project Beanstalk
FG Cohort 8 Pre-Seed
“When I started Founder Gym, I was a brand spankin' new entrepreneur and it was the launchpad that catapulted my personal and professional development as an entrepreneur. Being a part of the Founder Gym community has afforded me so many opportunities to develop myself and Queerly Health, while also allowing me to hold space for other founders.”
Derrick Reyes
Founder of Queerly Health
FG Cohort 6
"Before Founder Gym I felt overwhelmed by all the material available about fundraising. All the different opinions made it difficult to apply. Founder Gym provided me the confidence and motivation I needed to create a clear path for myself."
Laura Aiken Tett
Co-Founder of Tusk
FG Cohort 10 Pre-Seed
“Before, I was afraid because I did not know this space. I felt I had to have the next Uber idea and look a certain way. Now, I know that there are investors out there who want to fund ideas like mine and investors that look like me. I belong here. Entrepreneurship is in my blood."
Arlene Perez
Founder of CoCo: My College Counselor
FG Cohort 9 Pre-Seed
"Before Founder Gym, I didn't know where to begin with venture funding and I believed venture was the only way to grow my company. After Founder Gym, not only was I confident in my knowledge of venture funding, I also know when meeting with investors, I get to decide who I will make rich and have the power to walk away from unfavorable deals and situations."
Kai Frazier
Founder of Curated x Kai
FG Cohort 4
Before Founder Gym, it felt like the road to building a startup was very lonely and depressing. After Founder Gym, I’ve realized there are thousands of entrepreneurs facing the same uphill battle. Knowing that ultimately gave me the confidence and resilience to keep pushing regardless of how hard the journey seems. Founder Gym creates a culture amongst its founders, in which turn into communities and those communities turn out to be a great ecosystem for like-minded founders, to help, to push and inspired each other when we’re feeling low. “We all go up together”!
Pierre Laguerre
Founder of Fleeting
FG Cohort 5

What Trainers Are Saying

"What I enjoyed most about the FG trainings was hearing the concerns of the founders and being able to help with some of my experiences."
Ellen Pao
Former CEO at reddit, tech investor, author and advocate
FG Cohort 1
"I enjoyed the FG interview style rather than presentation, the ease of set up, the engaged audience and the high impact."
Arlan Hamilton
Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
FG Cohort 6
"This was probably one of the best organized talks/webinars/podcasts that I have done."
Tanya Soman
Venture Partner at 500 Startups
FG Cohorts 8 & 10
"What I enjoyed most about the Founder Gym training experience was hanging out with the incredible host and getting the tough, but insightful questions."
Vanessa Larco
Partner at New Enterprise Associates
FG Cohort 7
"We have met a lot of the entrepreneurs who have gone through Mandela SH Dixon's program Founder Gym, and I am *so* impressed by the quality of founders she attracts to the program. Continually impressed by the community she is building."
Charles Hudson
Partner at Precursor Ventures
FG Cohorts 1 & 8
"I was extremely impressed with the pre-meeting communications."
Justin Hovey
Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
FG Cohort 8
"The experience was fantastic. Being able to see (and read) the enthusiastic respond real-time was energizing and my interviewer was incredible!"
Adeyemi Ajao
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Base10
FG Cohort 6

What Partners Are Saying

JP Giannini

Vice President of Early Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank

Chris McLemore

Former Program Manager of Oakland Startup Network

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