Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and share how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Limahl Mills and John Mendy, Co-Founders of Fortrese

Meet Limahl Mills and John Mendy, co-founders of Fortrese. Fortrese is a mobile app that helps underrepresented people in the UK gain access to capital. Read about the inspiration for Fortrese and the journey these founders are on to making their ideas a reality.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Tell us a little bit about your journey leading up to starting your company, and what that looked like as co-founders?

John: Our ideas came from challenges that we saw firsthand growing up within Black communities in the UK. Essentially, the same challenges seen in our…


JPMorgan Chase is supporting Visible Hands — an investment firm with a fellowship program that helps women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, non-binary, and other underrepresented founders launch new tech businesses — with $750,000 philanthropic contribution.

BOSTON, MA — June 30th, 2021.

Visible Hands announced today it received a three-year contribution from JPMorgan Chase for Visible Hands’ inaugural fellowship program.

Visible Hands is a pre-seed investment firm with a virtual-first, 14-week fellowship program to support women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, non-binary, and other overlooked founders in launching tech startups. Visible Hands aims to help create hundreds of companies led by underrepresented founders.

Earlier…


In our first-ever, six-week application period, we are thrilled that 900+ founders applied for the Visible Hands Fellowship. This is incredibly exciting but also intimidating as we hope to ensure a selection process that is equitable, thoughtful, and enables us to best support ~30 overlooked founders.

Keeping in mind that this program and venture model is different from typical accelerator models, we assembled several advisory committees with industry experts and entrepreneurs to provide strategic guidance and advice throughout the process.

Visible Hands’ Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) is a crucial part of our organization. It focuses on the overall strategy of…


Burnout is real. Don’t ignore it; embrace it. The best way to overcome imposter syndrome is believing in yourself and constantly reminding yourself that your idea matters and will change the world for the better.
Valerie Robert, Founder of Tech For The People

Valerie Robert, Founder of Tech For The People

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Valerie, Founder of Tech For The People (TFTP)—an online community and centralized platform for Gen Z students about interdisciplinary technologies. She is currently a rising junior at Northeastern University, pursuing Computer…


The average relationship with the investor and co-founder is 7–10 years. The average marriage in the United States is shorter than that. Ultimately, you and your co-founders are each other’s mental, strategic, and emotional support because there are highs and lows, and you’re all looking at each other saying, “We’ll find a way through this.”
— Layla Shaikley, Co-Founder of Wise Systems

Layla Shaikley, Co-Founder of Wise Systems

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Layla, Co-Founder of Wise Systems, an AI-driven dispatch and routing solution that empowers…


Visible Hands — an investment firm with a fellowship program that funds and supports underrepresented founders — receives a sponsorship from Goldman Sachs’ Launch with GS initiative.

BOSTON, MA — June 8th, 2021.

Visible Hands announced today it had received a sponsorship from Goldman Sachs’ Launch With GS initiative for the Visible Hands’ inaugural fellowship program. Through Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs aims to increase access to capital and facilitate connections for women, Black, Latinx, and other diverse entrepreneurs and investors.

Visible Hands is a pre-seed investment firm with a virtual-first, 14-week fellowship program to support women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx…


If you think about it, the first employees at a company make up its founding team; it doesn’t necessarily need two co-founders. I built a founding team that worked really well together and helped launch MD Ally.
— Shanel Fields, Founder of MD Ally

Shanel Fields, Founder of MD Ally

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Shanel is the Founder of MD Ally — a platform that enables innovative EMS providers to optimize community-based medical services, establish strong patient-provider relationships, and ensure great clinical and financial outcomes for…


I would say to my younger self, “Trust your gut, live out the mission, and align with people who will help you go in the right direction not those who will mislead you.”
Jhanelle Elissa, Founder of Jiive

Jhanelle Elissa, Founder of Jiive

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Jhanelle is the Founder of Jiive, a new type of events platform for real-life community and live experiences. She explains some of the challenges she has faced as a solo founder building an early-stage company and…


I started GLOMADO because, while other opportunities were attractive, I asked myself how I would be able to ensure that my children grew up in a world where they have an ability to connect and build bridges, not walls.
— Wayne Taitt, Co-Founder of GLOMADO

Wayne Taitt, Co-Founder of GLOMADO

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Wayne, Co-Founder of GLOMADO (GLObal MAkers and DOers), an online learning platform that offers live, real-time, hands-on, small-group cultural workshops led by passionate artisans from around the world. As a…


The hustle culture in the digital world tells you that you need to accomplish an unreasonable amount at 22 — you don’t. It’s okay if you’re not the best yet; take your time and figure out what brings you joy, and that’s how you’ll succeed.
Sandy Lin, Founder of WROOOF and Creator of Small Business Tips

Sandy Lin, Founder of WROOOF and Creator of Small Business Tips

Founder Visibility is an interview series that highlights founders that inspire us and shares how they found their firsts: co-founder, customer, capital, and confidence.

Meet Sandy, entrepreneur by day and TikToker by night. Sandy is the Founder of WROOOF, an e-commerce boutique specializing…

Visible Hands

Visible Hands is a VC fund with a 14-week, virtual-first fellowship program that supports overlooked talent in building technology startups by providing company

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