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Every day, I pinch myself because I can’t believe I have the privilege of doing what I love for work. Founder Gym’s global network of entrepreneurs weaves together a powerful, compassionate, and brilliant web of change-makers whose impact continues to compound as more leaders enter the community. In my role as COO, I want to do everything in my power to amplify their impact, because when we support them, they create a better world for all of us.” — Paige Hendrix Buckner

In June 2018, Paige Hendrix Buckner joined Founder Gym as our first Program Director. Since then, Paige has trained over 500 founders in 26 countries on 6 continents. She has interviewed the “Who’s Who” of Silicon Valley as the lead facilitator of our Founder Gym Fundraising Cohorts, and she has managed partnerships with leading companies in the industry, including Google for Startups and AnitaB.org. Paige’s impact on Founder Gym’s success is undeniable, and I am honored to share a few words from our community…


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Photo is from the “Build Black: The Future Needs More Black Businesses” event hosted by Shopify at the 2019 Afrotech conference in Oakland, CA

A few weeks ago, we announced Founder Gym’s new collaboration with Shopify to ensure more Black entrepreneurs have both the blueprint and support structure to build successful businesses and create generational wealth. To kick things off, Shopify and Founder Gym hosted Build Black: The Future is Now, a virtual event featuring four leading Black entrepreneurs:

During the event, I engaged in a candid conversation with these four business owners, covering their experiences launching and scaling businesses, their stance on the role allies can play in supporting Black entrepreneurship, as well as their best advice for current and aspiring business owners. …


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Founder Gym is the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to build successful businesses. Its global community of 600 entrepreneurs spans 23 countries and 6 continents. 70% of Founder Gym’s community identifies as Black and 35% identify as Black women.

Shopify, a leading commerce platform helping over 1,000,000 business owners around the world build and scale online businesses.

There is a massive wealth gap in America.


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Today, we are making a big announcement that gets at the core of our mission:

Founder Gym uses entrepreneurship to shift wealth into the hands of underrepresented founders and the communities they serve.

But first, I want to share how we arrived at this point and why it’s so important.

When I launched Founder Gym in 2018, it was with the intention to ensure more underrepresented founders had the chance to participate in the wealth-creation vehicle that is tech entrepreneurship. This vehicle has been perfected by White men, who have become its #1 benefactors:


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Founder Gym is the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to build successful companies. The inaugural FG Cohort debuted in January 2018, and since then, 440 founders spanning 22 countries and 6 continents have graduated and gone on to raise over $50 million in startup capital.

Microsoft for Startups is a comprehensive global program designed to support startups as they build and scale their companies. The program is focused on helping your startup grow, with robust technology support and direct access to Microsoft’s customers and channel.

Founder Gym and Microsoft for Startups have partnered to help more underrepresented founders build solutions for the most vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the remainder of 2020, Microsoft for Startups will award scholarships to select founders to participate in Founder Gym programming. The goal is to focus resources and training on underrepresented founders who are committed to ensuring the most under-resourced and over-looked populations get the help they need during this pandemic. …


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Photo by CDC

Many businesses are being impacted by the coronavirus, COVID-19. Our Founder Gym team went searching for answers about what can be done. Below is a compilation of published advice specifically from experienced investors and/or founders that outlines a) how the coronavirus may affect your business, and b) what you can do about it. This list is updated on a daily basis, until otherwise noted.

Get Your Specific Questions Answered

All businesses are different, and we understand the limitations of providing one-size-fits all advice. We’re currently exploring ways to help founders get individualized answers to their concerns regarding the coronavirus and its impact on their specific business. …


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“Prior to Founder Gym, I didn’t understand fundraising. I would present my company in hopes of funding, but through the FG experience, I realized I was doing it all wrong. Now, I know how to best position my company as a valuable investment vehicle for investors and clearly articulate that.”

~ Heber Miguel, Founder of Eber Health

“The trainers are fantastic — candid, real and generous. Office Hours are a slice of growth-mindset heaven. The opportunity to review everyone’s work in a group setting really helped me to develop a critical eye for my own work.”

~ Laura Aiken Tett, Founder of…


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“I loved Founder Gym because I felt seen and heard. I also felt like I got the information that friends would give one another. It was a refreshing break from the typically​ competitive nature of business and be surrounded by people that want to grow and want you to grow as well.”

~ Brooke Shareé Patterson, Founder of The HGHLT

“Before the cohort, I knew that there were gaps in my knowledge base, but I had no clue as to how to fill them. After graduating, my base has been solidified. …


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“Thanks to Founder Gym, I was able to connect with some of the greatest, emerging startup leaders that I would have never met otherwise. My Gymmates are building amazing companies that I know will change the world one day.”

~ Brittani Hunter, Founder of Mogul Millennial

“Honestly, I didn’t know much about how to properly raise venture capital prior to this cohort. This program completely demystifies a world that I don’t think I would have had access to otherwise!”

~ Baiyinah Brookins, Founder of Frank and Myrhh

“I now feel confident raising capital because I understand what investors expect of me. …


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“I have grown as a better leader, founder, and fundraiser as a result of FG. I have previously participated in accelerators with my former startup, and this has by far been the BEST education I’ve received in this sector.”

~ JM Eberhardt, Founder of Stroll

“I knew very little about fundraising before Founder Gym. I’m now much more prepared and I know what to expect as I walk through the doors of a VC firm.”

~ Lisa Love, Founder of Tanoshi

“Before the FG Cohort, I was a problem solver who had a great solution to a problem but was unsure about how to acquire the necessary funds to scale my platform. After the FG Cohort, I feel confident that I can go raise the funds to build and scale my company.”

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Mandela SH Dixon

CEO of Founder Gym | Bringing Silicon Valley to the streets since 2011

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