Business Resources for Black Founders (Updated for 2021)
This resource guide is geared toward helping Black founders find the tools they need to better navigate the startup ecosystem.
Meet the Future Founders Alum Who Sold Out His Entire Inventory After Going Viral on TikTok
Koby Lomax is the founder of Ardent Candle, a scented candle company that is selling out every month after going viral.
Funding Diversity: How Natalia Oberti Noguera Empowers Women in the Angel Investment Community With Pipeline Angels
Natalia Oberti Noguera is the Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a community that’s changing the face of angel investing.
Bravery First: How Reshma Saujani Is Closing The Gender Gap In Tech With Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit which aims to increase the number of women in computer science.
How to Create the Perfect Investor Pitch Deck
We’ve put together this guide to show you how to create an effective investor pitch deck that perfectly articulates your startup’s story.
Females First: How Whitney Wolfe Herd Became a Billionaire by Empowering Women With The First Move on Bumble
Whitney Wolfe Herd recently became the youngest self-made female billionaire founder with her dating app, Bumble.
How This Future Founders Fellow Sold Out Her Entire Inventory on Good Morning America
Locker Lifestyle is Kat Samardzija’s brand that allows you to stash small essentials and feel confident about where you’re going.
Black Ambition: How Pharrell Williams & Black Musicians Innovate Beyond Just Sound
Building communities with both their music and their businesses, these artists innovate more than just sound.
Writing History: How Janice Bryant Howroyd Employed Thousands with a $900 Loan
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder of ActOne Group, a global leader in the human resources industry.
How to Execute a Valuable Customer Discovery Session w/ Ayodele Aigbe
Future Founders Fellow Ayodele Aigbe shared her lessons from conducting customer discovery interviews.
Black Collaboration and Economic Empowerment: How Morgan DeBaun Inspires Change With Blavity Inc.
Morgan DeBaun is responding to the lack of Black representation in media through her multi-million dollar company, Blavity Inc.
Rising Through Risk: How Tope Awotona Turned Impatience Into a $3 Billion Company
Learn how Tope Awotona grew Calendly from a tool to deal with his impatience into a $3 billion company.
Meet the Future Founders Fellow and Newest Techstars Founder Who’s Revolutionizing How We Teach Kids
Dieumerci Christel is the founder of Enlight App, the newest member of the the 2021 Techstars Austin class.
TechCrunch Highlights Future Founders Fellow Indra Sofian and His Virtual School Startup Sora
2019 Fellow Indra Sofian and his virtual school startup, Sora, were featured in an article by TechCrunch about their recent growth.
How to Give a Virtual Pitch
Many businesses going remote for good. A virtual pitch will allow you to grow your business even in an online environment.
How to Write a Business Plan
Learn how to write a business plan that is effective and organized.
Meet the Young Founders Making Education More Accessible to All
See how three young startups are redefining the future of learning.
Building a More Sustainable Future with Rebundle’s Ciara May
Learn how Startup Bootcamper Ciara May is building a more sustainable future through her business, Rebundle.
How to Choose a Legal Structure For Your Business
Learn how to choose which legal structure is best suited for your business.
7 Startup Marketing Ideas Under $1,000
Learn how to launch great marketing campaigns for your startup, even when you’re on a budget.
How to Craft an Elevator Pitch
Learn how to give the perfect pitch for your business and yourself in 90 seconds or less.
Mental Health Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs
A collection of our top articles, videos, podcasts, and other tools to help founders tackle their mental health challenges.
Female Founders: Tools and Resources
A collection of our top articles, videos, podcasts, worksheets, and other tools to help our network of Female Founders.
Customer Discovery: Tools and Resources
A collection of our top articles, videos, podcasts, worksheets, and other tools to help get you started with Customer Discovery
Ask a Founder: Customer Discovery
Improve your customer discovery process with these helpful tips from our network of entrepreneurs.
Creating a Strong Sales Funnel: Shane Smith, Salefish
Answering the question, “How do I establish good sales funnel to get a strong sales process running?” with Shane Smith of Salefish
Nailing Your Customer Acquisition Strategy: Jody Haneke, Haneke Design
Answering the question, “What can we do to build our customer acquisition strategy?” with Jody Haneke of Haneke Design.
Navigating Bureaucratic Sales Structures to Reach the Right People: Joy Randels, Citizinvestor
Answering, “How do you navigate bureaucratic structures to reach the right people?” with Joy Randels of Citizinvestor.
Finding the Right Problem to Solve With Your Business: Joy Randels, Citizinvestor
Answering, “How do I find a problem I’m passionate about to solve for my next business?” with Joy Randels of Citizinvestor.
Maintaining Strategic Partnerships While Scaling: John Moorhead, Nelnet
Answering, “How do I manage strategic partnerships and hiring to scale business development?” with John Moorhead of Nelnet.
Using Financial Forecasting in Scaling Your Business: Michael Araten, K’NEX Brands
Answering, “How do I manage finances to know how to scale in different channels?” with Michael Araten of K’NEX Brands.
How to Manage Cash Flow During Product Development: Mike Delazzer, Founder of RedBox
Answering, “How can I manage cash flow during the product development phase?” with RedBox CEO, Mike Delazzer.
Improving Repeatable Sales While Setting A Company Up for Scale: Kevin Harrington (As Seen on TV and ABC’s Shark Tank)
Answering, “How do I improve repeat sales while setting my company up to scale?” with Kevin Harrington of As Seen on TV.
Where Should I Begin With International Manufacturing and Distribution? With RedBox Founder Mike DeLazzer
Answering the question, “”How do you approach international manufacturing?” with RedBox Founder and CEO, Mike Delazzer.
Video: Using The Experience Model Matrix to Delight Customers
Vinesh Kannan, founder of Omnipointment and 2017 Fellow, gives an overview of the Experience Model Matrix.
Taking Advantage of Failure: How to Make the Most of Startup Setbacks
At the end of the day, failure of any scale or magnitude becomes a metric and driver for your own personal leadership.
What is Customer Discovery? A 4-Step Guide to Building the Right Product for the Right Customers
Learn the proven 4-step process for identifying exactly who will be interested in your product or service.
Do I Need to Register My Business?
One of the most important but confusing parts of launching a company is officially registering as a business.
How Do I Come Up With A Business Idea?
Coming up with the right idea can take quite some time, but startups have a name for it: ideation.
Do I Need a Co-Founder?
You have a business idea. Do you really need a co-founder to make it successful?
Do I Really Need a Patent? 3 Cautionary Things to Know About Intellectual Property
Patents can be confusing, yet they offer one of the only methods of formal protection for an idea.
2015 Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Tom Iwema, IKG Property Maintenance
We sat down with different members of the 2015 Fellowship to hear about their Future Founders experience.
How to Build a Product that People Will Actually Buy
The journey of an entrepreneur is plagued with self doubt. Am I making the right decision? Do I have the right team?
2015 Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Ryan Hesslau, foreverU
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Kevin Roemer (Brandless Group)
The 5 Traits of a Future Founders Fellow
One of the most common questions we receive is: “What makes a good candidate for the Fellowship?”
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Liliana Leon (Winefolded)
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding has become the norm for startups seeking to introduce a product to a market without much prior startup capital.
Future Founders Fellowship Spotlight: Kaeya Majmundar (KAEYOS, Inc.)
Top 6 Sites to Learn to Code for Free
With the help of FEMcoders, we listed our top 6 sites where you learn any number of programming languages.
How to Write a Professional Email
Your emails are a virtual representation of you. Sometimes, they can be the first impression someone has of you.
Is Nobody Buying What You’re Selling? This Might Be Why.
If you find yourself struggling to gain traction with your flashy new product, this might be the reason why.
Why You Should Stop Asking for NDAs When Pitching Your Idea
It’s finally time to pitch it to some friends, advisors or even investors. What should you do?
5 Questions to Expect When Pitching Your Idea to Investors
We have compiled the top five questions asked by judges at our own successful entrepreneurial competition.
Build a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign in 5 Steps
5 steps to help you build a successful crowdfunding campaign as an early entrepreneur.
Sourcing 101: Where Do You Begin?
Finding a factory, budgeting, and planning what you need are big steps in your sourcing process.
How to Read a Convertible Debt Term Sheet
As an entrepreneur raising capital, you have many options on what type of round to pursue.
How to Get an Angel Investment
To succeed at building relationships with angel groups and getting them to invest, you have to understand how they work.
Pitching Lessons from Applying to Shark Tank
How did applying for Shark Tank make the Packback team members better pitchers?
Entrepreneurs on Campus: Revenue Model Tips from the College Founders of VitaFive
Two students at Texas Christian University are launching the next best thing to happen to vitamins.
7 Essential Entrepreneurial Resources to Build Your Startup
So much of succeeding in the entrepreneurial ecosystem is constantly learning from others who’ve been there before.
How to Maximize Your Internship While Building Your Startup
Here are 10 ways to maximize your internship as you’re building your startup.
Advice From a Shark Tank Alum
“You are not an entrepreneur” is what one Shark told then 20-year-old inventor Kaeya Majmundar.
How to Measure Valuation
As an early-stage entrepreneur, one of the first things you learn is that the valuation of your company is important.
Why You Don’t Need to Be a Unicorn
Understanding investors’ perspectives on risk will provide insights into how they make investments.
4 Ways to Achieve Work/Life/School Balance as a Student Entrepreneur
Time is a valuable and precious commodity and as a student entrepreneur with a busy schedule.
The Top 5 Ways to Secure Sponsors for Your Event
Follow these 5 rules and you’ll be sure to have a rocking event in no time.
How a UChicago Student-Run Startup Raised Funding
In an article from ChicagoInno, Founders Fellow Jason Li talks about UProspie, his college campus tours app.
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