Statistics show that Black Millennials are among the fastest group of entrepreneurs, but at the same time, we are lacking the most in capital and resources.

I’m sure you’ve seen the data already – it’s literally all over the internet – but just in case you haven’t, a recent study showed that 1% of venture-backed founders were Black.

1% ya’ll.

Because of this, it’s critical that founders like you and I intentionally take time to invest in ourselves and in our future. In this present day, companies like Founder Gym and Mogul Millennial are making it possible for Black founders (and other underrepresented founders) to have access to quality resources and startup tools.

[Related: Why I Created a Digital Media Company for Black Millennials]

However, it’s up to us to take advantage of those resources and to exert energy every single day to apply it to our lives.

A few months ago, I decided to join Founder Gym to elevate my journey as an early stage founder. It’s a well-known fact that even coaches and world-class athletes have a coach, so it was critical for me to find a coach that’ll help me perfect my current skills (and learn new ones).

Enter Founder Gym.

From April 22nd – May 31st, I went through a startup training experience led by investors, founders, industry experts, and startup lawyers in Silicon Valley and New York.

Here are the top takeaways from my experience:

#1) I expanded my network

My cohort (cohort 8) consisted of dope founders like:

  • Baiyinah Brookins, a founder who is building an e-commerce market offering a variety of small batch hair products, handmade goods, and body care items to Black Millennials.
  • Halleemah Nash, a tech founder building an online coaching platform for Generation Z’s underrepresented talent.
  • Jordan Little, a founder that’s simplifying the process for music industry professionals to analyze music consumption data.
  • Tonia Osby, a new early-stage founder who is launching high quality and non-toxic products within the nail care industry.
  • Tiffani Crenshaw, a real estate guru who has launched a real estate education platform for underrepresented investors.

I challenged myself

The early days as a founder are brutal and long. During Founder Gym, I spent even more time experiencing late nights and early morning but it was worth it because of what I was doing and learning in the process.

During my cohort experience, I spent days working on multiple projects for Mogul Millennial and Founder Gym, but still was able to increase our growth and traction – all while learning from industry experts.

I learned from some of the best

During Founder Gym, I learned from several startup industry leaders like Charles Hudson, the Managing Partner at the VC firm that he owns, Precursor Ventures. I also learned pitching tips from Nashilu Mouen, who currently serves as an Associate at First Round Capital.

Now that the program is over, I’m taking what I’ve learned to continue to scale Mogul Millennial and provide even more value to you.

To learn more about the Founder Gym program and meet some of my cohort members that are also building AMAZING startups, click here.