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Black Founders Initiative

The Black Founders Initiative at Founders Network was launched in 2020 to engage, recruit, support and retain Black Founders while educating the wider network on issues like corporate social justice, selection bias, and related best practices.

Only 2.1% of Startup Executives are Black

- Kauffman Fellows Journal

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Black Founders
  • All the benefits of a Founders Network membership, plus:

  • Onboarding Welcome Call with an assigned Black Founder mentor

  • 6X Meetings/yr centered on tackling the challenges unique to Black Founders

  • Black Founders forum creates a safe space to communicate

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Founders Network Global Stats

Connecting Black Founders with each other and the Founders Network community. Bringing together Black Founders and advocates to go further together.

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Black Founders Leadership Committee

The Black Founders Leadership Committee is comprised of a select group of  founders who have made it their mission to cultivate a welcoming community for Black Founders within the larger Founders Network ecosystem.


Khiry Kemp



Leadership Positions Available

In Africa, there is a saying: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ The great thing about the Founder’s Network is that it’s not an either/or! We go together farther AND faster, and actually it’s way more fun ;)

Alexandra Greenhill
Founder of Careteam

The fn community has been along for my journey through four startups including one dissolution, one major restructure, a successful exit and now a high-growth, funded SaaS company. Being a Founder is sometimes overwhelming and lonely. This community provides guidance and the lift you need when facing your most excruciating obstacles. More importantly, it’s a community that genuinely celebrates your successes along the way!

Neha Sampat
Founder of Contentstack

Founding a business can be a lonely pursuit, but being surrounded by a like-minded community enriches the experience. Founders Network is a cadre who provides concrete perspective and insights. In my experience, it’s just as enriching to me as a serial entrepreneur to see what and who is coming next, as it would have been to me years ago as a first-time founder to avoid (some!) rookie errors.

Lisa Shields
Founder of Fi Span


Starting Up in Mexico with Deborah Dana

As the second-largest market in Latin America, Mexico is a critical market for startup founders to understand. Canasta Rosa founder Deborah Dana shares her advice for navigating the booming Mexican …

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How to Bootstrap Your Sales Strategy with Stacy Stubblefield, TeleSign co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Stacy Stubblefield, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of TeleSign, sat down with Founders Network to discuss how she bootstrapped her first products and clients, scaled the fledgling startup to a …

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Founder and Author Ellie Rubin Talks Entrepreneurship Lessons and Conquering Fear at 16,000 Feet

Entrepreneur, author and speaker Ellie Rubin sits down with Founders Edge to discuss the biggest lessons she learned in building and selling Bulldog, an early leader in digital asset management …

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Founders Network Launches Seattle Chapter

Expansion Brings Founder-to-Founder Mentorship to Booming Startup Ecosystem Home to tech giants including Microsoft and Amazon as well as droves of other locally based tech startups, Seattle’s pipeline of locally …

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5 Founders Network Entrepreneurs Featured on Ready to Rocket’s List of Emerging Companies

Ready to Rocket, a business recognition program for British Columbia’s technology industry that showcases the “Revenue Growth Leaders of Tomorrow,” featured 5 members of our Vancouver chapter on their list …

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Are You Listening? Channeling Voices into Usable Intel

Hillary Sinclair has been a member of Founders Network since September 2018. She’s also been a prominent FN member in our San Francisco Chapter. To receive peer mentorship from Hillary …

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Is Your Startup Too Early to Raise Capital?

Nina Stepanov is a mentor in our Investor Program within our global ecosystem of founders. To receive peer mentorship from Nina, over 60 investors, and 600 fellow Tech Founders, please request an invite and …

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