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Sergio Marrero

March 19, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Sergio Marrero

Sergio Marrero is an investor and serial entrepreneur who graduated from the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked at Gotham Ventures, PepsiCo, Teach For America, and Deloitte Consulting. While in graduate school he conducted his thesis on venture studios and accelerating impact innovation at the intersection of business and government. He set up operations for two emerging venture capital funds each seeking to raise $100M, produces a VC and CEO LiveStream Series called RBL1 Live, and is Founding Partner of Rebel One – a double bottom line investing fund and investor network accelerating rebel founders innovating for a better world.


Mike Asem

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Mike Asem
Mike Asem' Bio
As a general partner at M25, Mike has participated in over 100 investments in early-stage companies across the Midwest. Outside of his responsibilities at M25, Mike is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 24) and a board member at BLCK VC, leading initiatives in the Midwest to connect, engage, empower, and advance Black venture investors. Prior to M25, Mike founded The Anvil, a co-working space and startup incubator on Purdue University’s campus, where he helped launch the first Purdue startup to be accepted to Y Combinator. Mike lives in Chicago with his wife, Erikka, and in his free time, he enjoys making wine, eating sushi, following Chicago sports, and traveling

Javier Saade

March 17, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Javier Saade
Javier Saade' Bio

Javier Saade is Managing Partner of Impact Master Holdings, a VC focused on working with companies creating values-driven value, and a Venture Partner at Fenway Summer Ventures, a VC that has backed 60+ enterprises innovating at the intersection of finance and technology. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of SoftBank Vision Fund Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: SVFA), Board of Directors of Porch Group (NASDAQ: PRCH) and as Chairman of the Board of GP Funding, Inc., a Rothschild and Presidio-owned financial services company.

Previously, Javier was appointed by President Obama to serve as Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was its Chief of Investment and Innovation. He was one of the highest-ranking Latinos in government and a national leader focused on sustainable investing, inclusive finance, innovation and economic development.  Javier was also a full-time member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team focused on Treasury and several cross cutting economic issues.

Prior to public service he spent over twenty years in investing, entrepreneurial, operating and C-suite advisory roles at organizations that include, but are not limited to, McKinsey & Company, Bridgewater Associates, GEM Group and Air America, a company he co-founded. Throughout his career, Javier has also served on several private equity and venture-backed boards and as Mentor at Kauffman Foundation’s Fellows Program and Techstars. Javier was also recently on the Board of Advisors of Harvard’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Operations & Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.


Mandela SH Dixon

March 17, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Mandela SH Dixon
Mandela Dixon' Bio

Mandela SH Dixon: Silicon Valley’s #1 Fundraising Coach for Underrepresented Founders


Mandela SH Dixon is a founder, investor, and startup ecosystem leader, who has trained hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world on how to build successful businesses. As the Founder and CEO of Founder Gym, the premiere online training program for underrepresented founders, Mandela and her team have helped over 500 founders raise more than $80 million in startup capital in less than three years.


Prior to Founder Gym, Mandela was the founding Portfolio Services Director at venture firm Kapor Capital, the Global Director of Startup Weekend Education, and one of the first Black women to raise venture capital from Silicon Valley investors in 2012.


Mandela is an inaugural member of First Round Capital’s Angel Track program, composed of select angel investors from Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech companies. Mandela is a respected thought leader, who has shared her frameworks for success on over 100 stages and in more than 100 publications. Mandela has received various recognitions, including being named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Powerful Women list, Forbes 30 Under 30 list, as well as LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups. You can follow Mandela onInstagram,Twitter,LinkedIn, and Medium.


Recent Press + 2021 Highlights: 

  • Founder Gym (FG) is in the midst of completing our 15th cohort in 3 years
  • FG Graduates have now collectively raised over $80m in startup capital to scale their tech startups
  • Founder Gym and Mandela SH Dixon are featured in a 4-page spread in Entrepreneur magazine! (Here’s the digital version)
    • The article provides a deeper understanding of Founder Gym’s origin story and how we specialize in helping underrepresented founders build successful tech startups.

Our mission is going to be featured on stages across the world this year, as we speak at events like NBA All-Star Weekend, SXSW, Harvard‘s annual business conference, and more!