Meet the Graduates of Founder Gym’s Cohort 8 [Pre-Seed]

Mandela SH Dixon
Jun 13 · 16 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 Founders are building world-class companies.

They are developing startups that strive to diversify the video game industry, empower women to be the experts of their health, connect beauty professionals seeking employment with the right employer, create smart bags for busy professionals, make it easy to lease premium cars, help senior citizens stay connected to their communities 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 Cohort 8 [Pre-Seed] Graduates!

Amanda Figueroa

  • Description: Brown Art Ink provides professional development education to underrepresented artists.
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Baiyinah Brookins

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Description: Frank and Myrhh is an eCommerce market offering a variety of small batch hair products, handmade goods, and body care items to African American millennials.
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Brittani Hunter

  • Description: Mogul Millennial is a digital media platform for Black millennial entrepreneurs and corporate bosses.
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Carmena Woodward

  • Description: Women Sound Off is a platform celebrating creative women from all industries and walks of life.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Cheryl Ingram

  • Description: Inclusology is a SaaS platform working to automate diversity, equity, and inclusion assessments and empower DEI Champions.
  • Location: Woodland Hills, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Daniel McKegney

  • Description: Intermission is the premier career development platform exclusively for elite athletes.
  • Location: Westchester, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Evgeniya Yesipava

  • Description: Wantshes treats loneliness with productivity and fun.
  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Halleemah Nash

  • Description: Rosecrans Ventures is an online coaching platform that will help Generation Z’s underrepresented talent build skills to navigate expertly in any industry context.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Hanadi Abu Muaileq

  • Description: Actiovat is an affordable way to book amazing activities and tours in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Location: United Arab Emirates
  • Get Connected: Linkedin

Isaiah Johnson

  • Description: Project Beanstalk is a video game company working to diversify the video game industry.
  • Location: Pittsburg, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Ish Ganda

  • Description: Black Men Who Blog is a platform built by Black men for Black men to fill the decades-old lifestyle gap in how Black men are represented.
  • Location: Jessup, MD
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Jordan Little

  • Description: Sound Scale makes it easy for music industry professionals to analyze how fans consume music.
  • Location: Fort Washington, MD
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Kaitlin Christine

  • Description: Gabbi is an app that makes women experts of their bodies and their health.
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Karen Chan

  • Description: Stay Smitten is a wellness app that rewards couples in relationships who do things together.
  • Location: Hawthorne, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Karrie Brandau

  • Description: Salonch is a mobile app that connects beauty professionals seeking employment with the right salon, spa, or barbershop
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Kimone Gooden

  • Description: Yardie Hub is an affinity-based social and collaboration platform for diasporas.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Lakisha Greenwade

  • Description: Wearable Tech Ventures is the ecosystem dedicated to developing and promoting wearables with a focus on urban innovation.
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Liyani Rodriguez

  • Description: Brainstorm Quicky matches 3 ambitious people for fun, fast and effective brainstorming conversations.
  • Location: Pacifica, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Emma Mirna Perez

  • Description: Mi Padrinos is a crowdfunding platform for the Hispanic Community.
  • Location: Soquel, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Nitha Nagubadi

  • Description: Mango Networx and Ethnic Events focus on fostering global mindset and experiences through an up and coming service and app that connects you with curated ethnic events and experiences in your city.
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Quiana Lloyd Cloud

  • Description: Barazzo® is the all-in-one smart bag for everyday life.
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Randall Harris

  • Description: OTTO is a car-sharing marketplace making it easier for young professionals to switch premium cars on a quarterly basis through pre-selected lease transfers.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Ronald Cuello

  • Description: Granudo is an in-game advertising company.
  • Location: Passaic, NJ
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Sara LeMesh

  • Description: Owly lets older adults discover local senior discounts and activities in an easy-to-use mobile app
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Stephen Ajayi

  • Description: ScoutFor is a platform where companies can source underrepresented talent through professional groups.
  • Location: Clackamas, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Tiffani Crenshaw

  • Description: Encourage Millions is the on-demand real estate investing education technology platform for underrepresented investors.
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Tonia Osby

  • Description: LUCYPOP is the first material science company aimed at engineering high quality and non-toxic products within the nail care industry.
  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Get Connected: Twitter and Linkedin

Congratulations to the FG Cohort 8 [Pre-Seed] Graduation Day Winners


Meet the FG Cohort 8 [Pre-Seed] 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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