Founder Fitness center, co-based by Mandela Schumacher-Hodge and Gabriela Zamudio (pictured above), is unveiling its on-line platform to help and practice underrepresented founders constructing tech startups.
As an alternative of describing it as a faculty, bootcamp or incubator, Founder Gym describes itself as a topical, 4-week coaching program that covers subjects like fundraising, pitching, consumer progress and drawback validation.
“We’re making an attempt to make use of totally different language as a way to break paradigms which were established,” Schumacher-Hodge advised me over the telephone. “What we’ve seen time and time once more is that mannequin doesn’t work. What we’re making an attempt to do is create a brand new mannequin.”
In week one, founders will study fundraising fundamentals from VCs like Kapor Capital’s Mitch Kapor and Carolina Hauranca, Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures and Shauntel Poulson of Attain Fund, in addition to from founders like Atipica’s Laura Gomez and Jopwell’s Porter Braswell. Week two is all about profitable the sport of entrepreneurship, week three is concerning the unwritten guidelines of fundraising and week 4 is when FounderGem will do its model of a demo day.
Schumacher-Hodge used the analogy of a fitness center to additional describe what Founder Fitness center is all about. With a health club membership, the thought is that you simply go yr-spherical as a result of your health degree is consistently evolving. There’s no concrete starting and finish.
“That is how it’s even with founders,” Schumacher-Hodge stated. “There are totally different muscle tissue you’re going to need to train. And you may all the time get stronger. We need to break the normal paradigm that you simply take these accelerators and incubators and then you definitely’re good to go. Turning into a founder is an ongoing course of.”
Just like the health club, it’s about taking the suitable courses, doing the suitable workouts and having the most effective gear, Schumacher-Hodge stated. Founder Health club, then, is type of like a health club for startup founders. It needs to be a spot the place founders can go to proceed studying what it takes to be an amazing entrepreneur.
Founder Health club doesn’t take any fairness in startups, however it does cost a payment of $396 to take part. There are additionally cost plans and scholarships obtainable to those that are eligible. Down the street, Founder Fitness center plans to supply free options.
Purposes for Founder Fitness center’s first cohort open as we speak and shut November 30, with the 4-week program kicking off January eight, 2018. The perfect candidate for this program, Schumacher-Hodge stated, will have already got some traction and pores and skin within the recreation.
Featured Picture: Founder Gym/Jeremy Young
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