Meet the Graduates of Founder Gym’s Cohort 7 [Seed]

Mandela SH Dixon
Jun 13 · 13 min read

Since graduating our first cohort in January 2018, Founder Gym’s alumni has grown by 1165%.

This growth is made possible with the support of our partners. In February 2019, we announced our flagship partnership with Google for Startups (GFS) and offered scholarships to founders across the global GFS Partner Network. Our partners at the Kapor Center provided several scholarships to founders who are part of the Oakland Startup Network and iLab Program. We sincerely appreciate their commitment to serving underrepresented founders and enjoyed training their community members.

FG Graduates are building world-class companies.

Founders in FG Cohort 7 [Seed] are developing startups that leverage deep learning to better inform recruitment and staffing, help plus-size people review public spaces on comfort and accessibility factors, provide educational devices to kids in underserved communities, connect people with all the places to work remotely around the world, make portable charging units that can charge an electric vehicle ultra-fast and so much more.

They face unique challenges as underrepresented founders.

In a recent study, it was reported that only:

  • 1.8% of venture-backed founders were Latinx
  • 2.4% of venture-backed founders were Middle Easterners

Cue Founder Gym.

Take a look at the numbers.


Meet the Graduates of FG Cohort 7 [Seed]

Andreea Wade

  • Description: Opening.io is a deep learning powered recommender engine that provides intelligent talent data matching and data extraction technology for recruitment tech vendors, staffing agencies and direct employers.
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Get connected: LinkedIn and Twitter

Brendan Medeiros

  • Description: Pickzen allows eCommerce businesses to create a personalized shopping experience to engage and advise customers — without the need for a developer.
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Bruce Marable

  • Description: Employee Cycle transforms disconnected employee data into a user-friendly, centralized, and shareable real-time HR analytics dashboard.
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Chuka Ikokwu

  • Description: Divercity is a professional network that connects women and underrepresented minorities with diverse-minded companies looking to hire for diversity and inclusion.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Darren Buckner

  • Description: Workfrom is the future of how professionals and companies use local workspace.
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Faranak Razavi

  • Description: NapTime Studio is an AR game studio for youth empowerment.
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Felipe Leñero

  • Description: eFirma builds accessible anti-fraud solutions for KYC, ID verification, authentication, anti-money laundering, and eSignatures.
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

John Mark Eberhardt

  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Joshua Aviv

  • Description: SparkCharge makes a modular, portable charging unit that can charge an electric vehicle ultra-fast — 1 mile every 60 sec.
  • Location: Somerville, MA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Jumoke Dada

  • Description: Taeillo is an innovative eCommerce furniture store that sells furniture as rugged as Africans using extended reality.
  • Location: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Get Connected: Linkedin

Lincoln Daniel

  • Description: Penname is building the largest network connecting writers to their readers regardless of where they publish.
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Lisa Love

  • Description: Tanoshi develops educational, age-appropriate, and fun devices for all kids between the ages of 6–12, especially targeting underserved communities.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Nicole Hollis

  • Description: Emma Beauty is the first AI-based personalization technology to deliver instant, personalized scores to consumers as they shop for personal care products.
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Oladele Bakare

  • Description: Findworka builds software products and supplies pre-vetted software talent.
  • Location: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Paul Perkins

  • Description: Orion is progressing the way 5 billion people in emerging markets interact with their smartphones and the physical ecosystem that surrounds them.
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Rebecca Alexander

  • Description: AllGo is the first review platform for plus-size people to review public spaces on comfort and accessibility factors.
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Steny Sylvain Solitude

  • Description: Beacon & Eggs first product is bewifi, a mobile platform connecting everyone and everything to the Internet through wifi.
  • Location: Valenton, Ile-de-France, France
  • Get connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Congratulations to the FG Cohort 7 [Seed] Graduation Day Winners


Meet the FG Cohort 7 [Seed] FG Trainers


MEET THE FG COHORT LEADERSHIP TEAM


We are now accepting applications for FG Cohort 10.

This is a 6-week virtual program designed for underrepresented founders who want to raise capital to scale their startup. The entire cohort experience is 100% virtual, so founders can participate from anywhere in the world. FG Cohort 10 operates from July 22 — August 30, 2019.

Deadline to Apply: July 10, 2019

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE


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