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Photo is from the “Build Black: The Future Needs More Black Businesses” event hosted by Shopify at the 2019 Afrotech conference in Oakland, CA

A few weeks ago, we announced Founder Gym’s new collaboration with Shopify to ensure more Black entrepreneurs have both the blueprint and support structure to build successful businesses and create generational wealth. To kick things off, Shopify and Founder Gym hosted Build Black: The Future is Now, a virtual event featuring four leading Black entrepreneurs:

During the event, I engaged in a candid conversation with these four business owners, covering their experiences launching and scaling businesses, their stance on the role allies can play in supporting Black entrepreneurship, as well as their best advice for current and aspiring business owners. …


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Founder Gym is the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to build successful businesses. Its global community of 600 entrepreneurs spans 23 countries and 6 continents. 70% of Founder Gym’s community identifies as Black and 35% identify as Black women.

Shopify, a leading commerce platform helping over 1,000,000 business owners around the world build and scale online businesses.

There is a massive wealth gap in America.

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Source: Washington Post

Entrepreneurship is an important solution to closing the wealth gap, and Black businesses are on the rise.

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Source: Statista

Founder Gym and Shopify are joining forces to help the Black community.

Founder Gym and Shopify are collaborating to ensure more Black entrepreneurs have both the blueprint and support structure to build successful businesses and create generational wealth. To kick things off, Shopify has teamed up with Founder Gym to host Build Black: The Future is Now. …


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Today, we are making a big announcement that gets at the core of our mission:

Founder Gym uses entrepreneurship to shift wealth into the hands of underrepresented founders and the communities they serve.

But first, I want to share how we arrived at this point and why it’s so important.

When I launched Founder Gym in 2018, it was with the intention to ensure more underrepresented founders had the chance to participate in the wealth-creation vehicle that is tech entrepreneurship. This vehicle has been perfected by White men, who have become its #1 benefactors:

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Mandela SH Dixon

CEO of Founder Gym | Bringing Silicon Valley to the streets since 2011

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