Meet the Graduating Class of Founder Gym Cohort 2: The Fundraising Basics

Mandela SH Dixon
Apr 25, 2018 · 13 min read
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The fact is: there’s money out there, but it’s not getting to us: underrepresented founders.

And people are fed up.

There’s conferences about it.

There’s articles about it.

There’s definitely tweetstorms about it.

In general, there’s a lot of talking about it.

We wanted to take a different approach. We wanted to take action and DO something about it.

So in January 2018, we launched the inaugural Founder Gym Cohort, training 26 underrepresented founders across 4 continents in just 4 weeks on how to raise venture capital.

During those 4-weeks, members of Founder Gym cumulatively raised over $1MM and soon after, several founders, like Amy Nelson, went on raise to significantly more.

Now, four months later, we’ve graduated our second class of underrepesented founders — nearly double the original cohort size at 43 — and today, we’re excited to announce who they are. But before we do…

Here’s a quick breakdown of Cohort 2 as a whole:

Gender

Race

Age

Parenting Status

Geography

Immigrant Status

Employment Status

Product Stage

Technical Ability

Previous Fundraising Experience

Meet the Graduates of FG Cohort 2

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Adetayo Adesanya

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Ava Pipitone

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Bianca Jeanty

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Boyede Sobitan

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Chanel Melton

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Damien Peters

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Darren Harris

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De’Angelo Wisdom

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Delores Brown

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Derrick Ashong

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Eric Warner

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Erica Peterson

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Faseeha Khan-Jensen

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Faye Hayes

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Jasmine Shells

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Jelica Baker

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Jessica Estrada

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Jibril Sulaiman

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Karisa Peer

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Kati Radziwon

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Kedar Reddy

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Kimberly Moore

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Kishau Rogers

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Kyle Frazier

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Lauren Elliot

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Lennie Carter

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Luther Lawoyin

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Makazi Mtingwa

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Marie Condron

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Max Goodman

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Michael Purnell

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Netta Dobbins

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Quincy Ewell

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Ryan Boyd

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Sama Jashnani

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Sandeep Purwar

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Sara Campbell

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Summer Suleiman

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Tammy Bowser

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Tegan Spinner

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Tes Macpherson

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Winston Frazer


Shoutout to the FG Cohort 2 Peer Trainers

There was so much talent in Cohort 2 that for the first time, Founder Gym hosted Peer Training sessions. Select cohort members stepped up to train their peers on popular startup topics. Thank you to these amazing founders:

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Meet the Incredible Trainers of FG Cohort 2

During the cohort, 12 venture capitalists and 7 venture-backed founders trained FG founders on the nuances of raising venture capital. We’d like to thank them for their candor, consideration, and commitment in helping us bridge the knowledge, network, and capital gap for underrepresented founders.

Expert Trainers

The following investors trained Cohort 2 founders in whole group sessions focused around a particular fundraising topic.

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Monique Woodard

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Parker Thompson

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Suzy Ryoo

Personal Trainers

The following investors and venture-backed founders trained Cohort 2 members in 1:1 sessions.

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Amy Lin

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Bhavin Parikh

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Cat Perez

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David Phillips

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Frederik Groce

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Joah Spearman

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Jorge Davy-Mendez

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Lynzi Ziegenhagen

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Marcus Singleton

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Maria Salamanca

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Nasir Qadree

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Peter Marculans

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Sian Morson

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Sydney Thomas

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Vinit Sukhija


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