Fort Worth entrepreneur Cortney Gumbleton has launched a podcast called The FoundHers Club.
Gumbleton, the founder of Fort Worth shared commercial kitchen incubator Locavore, says her reality is the guide for the podcasts. After “dramatic” pandemic pivots, the much-loved home for foodie trailblazers closed last year, but Gumbleton is continuing her mission to support entrepreneurs with a new podcast.
The “why,” for Gumbleton, is clear: According to stats from What to Become, the female entrepreneurial activity rate in the US is almost 17% and women own 31% of small businesses or franchises in the US. Promoting this cohort in the startup ecosystem is the mission of the podcast that debuted last week.
The podcast features interviews with women founders “who are re-defining entrepreneurship” and speaking on topics like overcoming adversity and exploring lessons learned through failure, Gumbleton says.
Podcast episodes will feature innovative women disrupting industries, building movements and creating positive social change in Texas per a news release.
“The FoundHers Club is a community where genuine stories of female entrepreneurship are shared, real connections are made for greater impact, and together our voices are lifted,” said Gumbleton in a statement.
Gumbleton’s guide for The FoundHers podcasts includes:
- Women are the future of the startup ecosystem
- Women are starting businesses at a record pace
- Women are making an income while making an impact
- Women provide creative solutions to modern-day problems
- Women create jobs, strengthen economies, and revitalize families and neighborhoods
- Women bring back 90% of their wealth to their families and communities
- Women are absolutely worth investing in
Kicking off with a Kickstarter feature
The first podcast, “A Bright Future,” highlights The Bright Factory founder Megahn Forest Farmer. Farmer launched the company after a more than $60,000 Kickstarter campaign. Farmer’s startup is a garment factory offering previously incarcerated women a second chance and grew out of Farmer’s experience working in-house for a luxury fashion company. In the podcast episode she shares stories on the “seedy underbelly” of the fashion industry and how it inspired her social enterprise.
Other guests in the first five The FoundHers Club episodes include muralist Katie Murray, Taco Head’s Sarah Castillo, Eosera’s Elyse Dickerson, and BrooHa Market’s ChoKe. In the series, Gumbleton will showcase “Texas CreateHers, BuildHers, DisruptHers, Risk-TakHers, InventHers, and InvestHers who are successfully trailblazing new paths.”
As part of the full content strategy, Gumbleton entered into a media partnership with Victoria Wise and Madeworthy Magazine to feature the podcast’s women founders in written articles.
Gumbleton is hitting the new ground running, also joining Hayden Blackburn at TechFW as the Assistant Director this month.
Listen up here.
David Kirkpatrick contributed to this report.
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