What is a startup founder?

Ahead of our Future Startup Founder Now programme, we ask, what is a startup, what is a founder and what can you gain from the programme?

5 January 2021

What is Future Startup Founder Now?

It is a five-week programme, shifting culture by helping underrepresented young creative individuals gain an entrepreneurial mindset.

Learn to take the first steps in building a business and what it takes to get it up and running.

You can progress and get access to working within tech startups, get training, support, join a network of professionals and industry leaders who can guide you on your way to success.

What is a 'founder'?

A founder is someone who establishes a company and is typically responsible for setting the mission and vision of a company. They create a product or a service to change the world or make it better.

A founder is often someone with entrepreneurial skills. They're an innovator with a source of new ideas, goods, services, and business or procedures.

What is a startup?

A startup is a newly founded company that is run by an entrepreneur(s) that develops and validates a unique product or service and makes it into a scalable economic model – in other words; an early developed company that is succeeding in making quick growth and profit.

Things to know about working in a startup or running your own company

If you're looking for personal growth, the upside to running your own company or working for a startup is that it allows you to take initiative and work through dynamic means.

Though there’ll be a lot of ups and downs what's more important is the learnings that come out of it, it will give you the ability to learn how to think on your feet in a fast-paced environment.

It is great for figuring out what you're best at and excelling in it. So, if you want to grow professionally, this is the place for you.

10 successful startups you have heard of:

  1. AirBnB
  2. Facebook
  3. Uber
  4. Angry Birds
  5. Whatsapp
  6. Shopify
  7. Dropbox
  8. TikTok
  9. Slack
  10. Snapchat

What skills are gained from this course?

  • Learn how to build an MVP (minimum viable product)
  • Startup methodology
  • Financing £££
  • Launching a business & how to keep it running
  • Building engagement
  • How to reach customers
  • Pitching a business idea

Here are some examples of our Alumni run companies

Top 5

1. Ayesha Fatima

Company Name: Purrygood

A one-stop-shop for a physical confectionary copy of a personalised meme



2. Tianna Johnson

Company Name: Black Girls Camping Trip

Tianna's business is Black Girls Camping Trip, which runs outdoor retreats for Black women in the UK who have experienced sexual violence



3. Andrew Djaba

Company Name: 2 Gs In A Pod Podcast (Co-founder)

A podcast with the aim of elevating the voice of young fans of Black music culture



4. Jessica Bukenya

Company Name: Baked Kurls

The world's first CBD-infused, natural hair care line dedicated to kinky and curly hair textures



5. Stephanie Okoye

Company Name: Girls Like Us

An organisation that runs school programmes for young black women, the aim of the programme is to educate the girls on topics around intersectionality, inequality and oppression


"It’s great having a strong network around you & people that can mentor you"

- Andrew Djaba

"Having diversity within your team really helps"

- Kaleah Alexander