Meet the Graduates of Founder Gym’s Cohort 9 [Pre-Seed]

Mandela SH Dixon
Jun 13 · 19 min read

Since launching 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.

They are developing startups that build new hiring platforms to make it easy for companies to hire without the hassle of resumés, help professionals in the building and design world find the right manufacturers, guide authors through a simple process of writing and publishing a book, connect Black women to health care services, 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 FG Cohort 9 [Pre-Seed] Graduates!

Aaron Williams

  • Description: Gettable Groceries is a fin-tech startup that provides affordable, on-demand credit to individuals facing food insecurity.
  • Location: Stockon, CA
  • Get Connected: LinkedIn

Afoke Bakpa

  • Description: Insegna is a mobile app that connects households with plastic waste recyclers in emerging markets.
  • Location: Abuja, Nigeria
  • Get connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Ange Goueti

Arlene Perez

  • Description: CoCo is a personal college counselor web application to keep high school students and their parents informed and on track about college requirements.
  • Location: Pico Rivera, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Ashlee Wisdom

  • Description: Health In Her HUE is a digital platform that connects Black women to the health care providers, services and resources that are committed to their health and well-being.
  • Location: Bronx, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Brittany Bass

  • Description: Wine & Bowties creates culture and produces live experiences that foster an emotional connection between brands and underrepresented millennials.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Brooke Shareé Patterson

  • Description: The HGHLT is an interactive mobile app and platform dedicated to the business of beauty and fashion.
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Charles Johnson

  • Description: Pop Up Commercials is building technology that displays commercials only when the viewer presses the pause button on the remote control.
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Chasma Smith

  • Description: She Tried It creates access to male-dominated industries through fun and practical experience-based workshops for women of color.
  • Location: San Leandro, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Damien McDuffie

  • Description: Wine & Bowties creates culture and produces live experiences that foster an emotional connection between brands and underrepresented millennials.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Dana Barsbai

  • Description: C.me is the hiring platform for the digital age, where talent is recognized for skills and grit without resumes.
  • Location: Astoria, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Eranya Sargent

  • Description: Hooky is the first mental wellness spa that brings a spa-like experience to talk therapy.
  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Evan Carr

  • Description: DesignAsBuilt is the Google for Building Materials helping architects, engineers, and designers find the right manufacturers for their projects.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

James Meeks

  • Description: CRE8 is the world’s first fashion marketplace that is powered by engagement from brands, customers, and fashion tastemakers
  • Location: Mansfield, TX
  • Get connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Jared McClain

  • Description: Black By The Numbers is a digital media company that creates and distributes data-driven content relevant to the Black experience.
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Get connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Jarrod Knight

  • Description: Wugi is your personal nightlife concierge with information including events, addresses, dress code, and more.
  • Location: Columbia, SC
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Jason Caston

  • Description: Composio is a full-service automated platform for authors and writers that guides you through the 3-step process of writing, publishing and marketing your book.
  • Location: Frisco, TX
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Jeremy Evans-Smith

  • Description: Emproov is indexing team diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), to provide actionable analytics for healthier workplaces.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

John Lewis

  • Description: PayWhit is an AML/KYC compliant application streamlining payments across borders.
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Jullian Giles

  • Description: kwolya is a private social network that helps make socializing online feel more human.
  • Location: Harrison, NJ
  • Get Connected: LinkedIn

KaDeadra McNealy

  • Description: Millennial Nail Bar is bringing the nail technician to your location for all nail care services.
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Keara Kindelynn

  • Description: Foreverly is a platform that simplifies end of life planning processes, and recommends resources, to enable the space to heal.
  • Location: Renton, WA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Khalida Ali

  • Description: RHINO is a career discovery and development platform for the next generation of diverse talent
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Kistein Monkhouse

  • Description: Patient Orator is a healthcare digital media content development and distribution platform
  • Location: Stormville, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Kristine Campbell

  • Description: Hailio is the first AI-powered business monitoring platform to enable enterprises to transform and scale their company strategies.
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Majella Edwards

  • Description: Sortal is changing how people find and use visual information like photos, videos, and graphics through a trainable personal assistant
  • Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Michelle DalPont

  • Description: FitSciety is a new social marketplace for fitness users to connect with other users, and personal trainers to gain qualified leads.
  • Location: Riverside, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Olivia Cueva

  • Description: The David E. Glover Emerging Technology Center provides cutting-edge technology tools and training to low-income youth, adults, and seniors throughout the East Bay.
  • Location: Berkeley, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Om Suthar

  • Description: SQRL is a wellness platform for today’s workforce that’s easy to personalize, deploy and use.
  • Location: Brambleton, VA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Orlando Watson

  • Description: Honeycomb helps news publishers monetize their mobile app by crowdsourcing unused phone power.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Perla Humphrey

  • Description: Edifius is an AI software company that provides machine learning virtual assistants to businesses to automate mundane tasks.
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Rafael Richardson

  • Description: Subzz is an online platform that helps schools find and manage substitute teachers.
  • Location: Montgomery, AL
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Raja Afrika

  • Description: Marijuana Software reduces the complexity of cannabis business reporting to a button click.
  • Location: Aloha, OR
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Rocky Gray

  • Description: HeyWilla is the first online platform that offers an end to end baby shower planning and registry experience.
  • Location: Bronx, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Sabrina Mutukishna

  • Description: Workologie supports underrepresented groups with the resources, tools, and knowledge needed to advance inclusion and equity in the workplace.
  • Location: Oakland, CA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Saleem Summour

  • Description: Lvendr is the best way to create fully dynamic right-to-left Arabic-scripted websites.
  • Location: Gaza, Palestinian Territories
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Sheri Kurdakul

  • Description: VictimsVoice is a digital diary that allows victims to record each incident of their abuse and meets the strictest legal standards of court admissibility, Giving Victims a Legal Voice.
  • Location: Princeton, NJ
  • Get connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Tamika Joseph

  • Description: TALO is a non-profit that will provide student loan debt relief to minorities.
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Trellis Usher

  • Description: The Cancer Blueprint leverages technology to improve the experience between cancer patients and providers to enable care planning and timely decision-making.
  • Location: Brookhaven, GA
  • Get Connected: Twitter and LinkedIn

Congratulations to the FG Cohort 9 [Pre-Seed] Graduation Day Winners.


Meet the FG Cohort 9 [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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