co-founder & co-host Raja Mawad with Saif Akhtar on the podcast

Ep 1 - Raja Mawad

Hear from co-founder & co-host Raja Mawad about moving to the US as an immigrant, finding success in finance, and then pivoting to health & wellness tech in Seattle with Thrv.Health.

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This week, co-founder & co-host Raja Mawad shares his story and journey as a young immigrant moving to Houston. We discuss what it was like breaking the mold his parents expected him to conform to, leading to a successful career as an investment banker and fund manager. When his fund was accused of fraud, Raj spent years fighting to prove his innocence – he was finally redeemed in 2022. It was during that difficult period when Raj rebuilt his career, pulling from his experience as a Division 1 collegiate athlete to launch his own brick & mortar health & wellness business through acquisition in 2021.

After selling his last business, Raj founded Thrv.Health, a healthtech marketplace startup in Seattle that matches trainers with customers looking for custom wellness solutions. Raj is also the founder of, an accelerator program he launched to assist early-stage founders with capital raising and go-to-market launch support. has worked with 33 startups in the last few years, with >70% using Raj’s proven method to successfully launch and raise seed funding. Raj continues working with founders through

Thank you Raj for sharing your story!

Every Tuesday at 10am, your co-hosts Raj and Saif publish a new episode featuring unique founders, advisors, investors, specialists, fractional executives, and ecosystem resources who work with early-stage companies every day.

We highlight the person, their background, failures, and successes while building companies in an unfiltered space. Our intention is to showcase their experience & problem-solving skills for Founders and their core teams. Many of them are part of your favorite entrepreneurship communities and can accelerate your growth.

StartupStudios also organizes free and paid resources, credits, programs, and office-hours for early-stage Founders. Like a concierge for your startup, we'll understand your needs before matching you within our community. Use office hours for personalized support, or visit the directory to contact people on your own.

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Every great early-stage VC fund and accelerator program usually has someone responsible for "matching" Founders with problem-solvers within their network. That's what Saif and Raj do for Founders through office hours. We have a big network of specialists, advisors, investors, and resources that we love matching with our people, so if you're stuck or need a solution fast, try us!

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