About Founders First.

Founders First is the largest national platform for growing businesses led by diverse founders. We offer strategic expansion programs, coaching and grant resources to help you grow to $10M and beyond.

Our Mission.

To change the world and build a future in which the economic and social opportunity for diverse-founded businesses can thrive like never before.

Our Vision.

To create opportunities that enable underserved, diverse, founder-led businesses increase value, create premium-wage jobs and build wealth.

Our Story.

Since 2015, we have helped accelerate the success of hundreds of small, service-based, B2B companies.  Our companies are run by women, people of color, military Veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community and those located in urban communities. We have a focus specifically on lifting up groups that have been dramatically underrepresented in the ranks of business leadership and without access to growth capital. 

Founders First CDC is like a top-tier tech accelerator – only we work with service-based small businesses to help them thrive to become significant leaders in their industries and in their communities. 

We provide a proven model for growth and funding by offering three components:

  1. Pre-funding programs that accelerate companies through growth and funding as part of our non-profit, Founders First CDC.
  2. Ever-expanding unrestricted grants that are awarded year-round and are both regional and national.
  3. A network of partner resources to serve and support our member companies from one-on-one coaching to funding. 

Our Values.

Empowerment.

Advancing opportunities for
members, employees, and partners by practicing Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion with Empathy and Fairness.

Relationships.

Helping members, employees, and partners reach their goals by being Responsible and Accountable, giving and deserving Trust and Respect. Never forgetting to Give Back & Have Fun by celebrating successes.

Commitment.

Providing service with Excellence while pursuing our Founder-Centric approach. Always acting with Integrity, Transparency, Honesty, and Authenticity.

Our Leadership.

Kim Folsom

Founder & Board Member

Shaylon Scott

Executive Director

Our Partners.

Join the largest national platform for growing businesses led by diverse founders.

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