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Bootstrapping Bootcamp

Don’t waste precious time and money making all the classic mistakes as a first-time founder. Work with us to unlock your talents, build your prototype and launch in 10 weeks.

Applications for Cohort 2 are now closed. Join the waitlist to be notified for the next batch!

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From Concept to Coins

 
 

Black & Brown Founders is dedicated to teaching promising Black and Latinx entrepreneurs how to turn their most valuable skills and ideas into a profitable tech business.

We want to empower our community, so they can feel in control their lives, help their families, and build wealth and lasting legacies.

Bootstrapping Bootcamp is designed to be highly-actionable and get you receipts! We’ll help you assess your talents, build your first prototype, and validate your business idea. Get off the sidelines and walk it like you talk it!

Space in the bootcamp is limited and spots are filled on a rolling admission basis!

 

What You’ll Get:

  • Our recipe for how to launch and get your first customers — for your current and FUTURE ideas

  • A prototype — built by YOU — that you can use to pitch and make sales

  • Live lessons and group coaching with been-there-done-that instructors who will be your thought partners for 10 weeks (a limited number of 1:1 coaching slots are also available)

  • A wise and supportive community that will encourage you during the hard @$$ journey

  • Our workbook and tools to help you launch a business by any means necessary

  • Clarity, focus, and accountability to help achieve your daily goals

  • More confidence at each step, with every lesson, every week

  • Brand new ways to solve problems while making the most appropriate business choices for YOU

 
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Your Instructors

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ANIYIA L. WILLIAMS

Aniyia is the Executive Director of Black & Brown Founders (BFF), and has worked for and built startups in San Francisco since 2011. She founded BBF and fashion tech startup, Tinsel, which created the world's first audio necklace and earned Aniyia a patent for her electronic jewelry designs. As CEO of Tinsel, she raised nearly $500K from investors and successfully crowdfunded support for her invention. Aniyia is also co-founder of Zebras Unite, a movement pushing for a more sustainable culture around venture capital and startups.

Entrepreneurship runs in Aniyia's bloodーshe grew up in Philadelphia where her family owned and ran a hair school and three salons. She began working in the family business from the age of 5. Aniyia is committed to helping underestimated tech entrepreneurs, and serves as a partner and special advisor to Backstage Accelerator. She also previously served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Code2040, and has produced several events around the U.S. for Black and Latinx founders.

Learn more about Aniyia >>

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FRANCESCA ESCOTO

Insight comes from experience. Francesca has launched companies, led sales teams, and managed complex software projects for herself and many of her clients. Francesca also has certifications as a Professional Coach and Project Manager. She grew up launching and running Taekwondo schools in Dominican Republic with her parents. Francesca is an engineer whose first venture developed software to track the performance of aircraft engines... and grew too fast! She learned a lot.

Francesca has been tapped by MIT Media Lab, WPI, Cosmo For Latinas, SXSW, Code2040, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, NPR and others to share her wisdom on their their stages and pages. Francesca also has experience teaching in the traditional classroom and writing curriculum. She is Director of Education at Black & Brown Founders, committed to helping create transformative training programs for entrepreneurs of color.

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Invest in Yourself

Get the help you need to launch your idea.

Applications for Cohort 2 are now closed. Join the waitlist to be notified for the next batch!

 
 
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Is This For Me?

 

This is for YOU if:

  • You are tired of pitching investors and coming up empty handed

  • You're unsure how to bootstrap successfully

  • You need your first prototype

  • You need clear brand values

  • You lack structure and discipline

  • You’re not clear on how to get from point A to point B

  • You don’t know when to pivot or iterate

  • You don’t know how to brand or market your idea

  • You don’t know how to get in front of customers

This is NOT for you if:

  • You are creating new drug treatments or spacecraft or sophisticated electronic devices (basically, any product that is highly regulated OR requires heavy equipment that you don’t have access to)

  • You are already selling close to $1M annually

  • You don’t think you need coaching or mentoring

  • You are committed to your current strategy or idea as-is and don’t want to change

 
 
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