Mandela SH Dixon

March 17, 2021 | secon2017
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!