Founder Gym: Building a New Bridge to Silicon Valley

Founder Gym co-founders Gabriela Zamudio and Mandela SH Dixon. Photographed by Jeremy Young

You know it. I know it. The media knows it.

Silicon Valley has been good to some, but not to all.

A specific type of investor holds the purse strings.

This is the overall breakdown of gender and racial diversity of venture firms. Image source

A select group of founders get the funding.

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And certain types of employees get the jobs.

Hispanics are 16% of the U.S. population but only 8% of the tech workforce. Image source

Two weeks ago, my co-founder, Gabriela Zamudio, and I launched a new company to help democratize access to Silicon Valley, ensuring more people get the opportunity to break into the network, acquire the knowledge, and access the capital that up to this point has only been benefiting a select few.

Read the TechCrunch article

Our company is called Founder Gym and our mission is to help underrepresented founders build successful tech startups.

In a span of 4 weeks, Founder Gym connects a select group of underrepresented founders to Silicon Valley investors and experienced founders to learn the startup basics.

It is our belief that by connecting these founders to practitioners in the field via custom training programs, we will create a new bridge between Silicon Valley and the groups who have historically been left out.

Listed above are some Founder Gym trainers. For the full list, go here.

We believe that tech entrepreneurship is the survival skill of the future.

We want to ensure everyone — no matter their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation — gets an opportunity to learn this skill and use it to solve problems that matter to them and their communities.

For our first cohort, we are training underrepresented founders on how to raise capital for their tech startup. Why capital? Well, because…

Money is oxygen to a founder.

The more of it you have, the longer your business can survive. Raising capital from investors is one way founders can get the money they need.

All Founder Gym cohorts are topic-based and new training programs will launch every few months. Future cohorts will cover other urgent startup needs, like hiring technical talent, securing product market fit, and budgeting and forecasting.

Become a Cohort Member! Apply at Founder Gym

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