Graham & Walker, an accelerator and enterprise fund centered on serving to feminine and non-binary founders, has introduced the latest batch of companies to enter its accelerator program. I hopped on a name with G&W founder Leslie Feinzaig to listen to what’s new with the program and what these six new companies are as much as.
If you’re unfamiliar with Graham & Walker, you may realize it higher by its former identify: Female Founders Alliance. The group rebranded to Graham & Walker at the finish of 2021, alongside an announcement that they’d raised a $10 million greenback fund. Haje wrote up the particulars of the rebrand — and the considering behind the new identify — right here.
Likewise, you may see G&W’s accelerator program known as each “the Graham & Walker Accelerator” and “Ready Set Raise”; the latter was the accelerator program’s identify previous to the rebrand, however the traditional identify nonetheless pops up now and again.
The Graham & Walker accelerator is a six week digital program meant to assist the collaborating founders take their early-but-proven companies to the subsequent stage, and to navigate the complexities of fundraising and storytelling. The companies get one-on-one teaching, investor/mentor entry, and PR assist in alternate for five% fairness.
Without additional ado, the six companies from this latest class:
Online lessons for multilangual households trying to strengthen their children’ grasp of a tradition and language, utilizing immersive actions to show moderately than focusing solely on the language itself. It at present gives lessons like chess, artwork, debate, and calligraphy, with most lessons at present led in Chinese.
A voice-first courting app. Rather than having you swipe by a thousand profile footage, they match you with one other person for a ten minute voice-only dialog. After the dialog, a “Glance” function gives up a handful of images that could be the individual you spoke to. If all the stars align and each side are in speaking extra after the voice date/look, a match is made.
Love the means folks gown in New York, or Seattle, or Paris? Local,Away is constructing a region-focused style platform, permitting influencers (or “styletrotters” as they name them) in a given space the capacity to focus on developments, native manufacturers, and earn money for locating ‘suits.
A month-to-month membership program for borrowing excessive finish jewellery — assume Dior, Hermés, and so forth. Membership prices $49 or $99 a month (for one piece or three items of jewellery at a time, respectively); you’ll be able to maintain a chunk so long as you need (assuming you retain your membership lively), or swap it out with free delivery in each instructions.
A device for organizing efforts to get the phrase out (assume political canvassing, or distributing vaccine data) both by knocking on doorways or by way of cellphone banking. You inform them the place you need to discuss to folks, and their platform helps divvy up the duties, share conversation-starter scripts, observe notes on conversations you’ve had with a family, and so forth.
An enterprise device for modifying a speaker’s accent in actual time — like, for instance, making an accent extra refined once you’re speaking on the cellphone to somebody in one other area — whereas preserving “the speaker’s voice and intonation”