Graham & Walker, an accelerator and venture capital fund focused on helping non-binary female founders, announced the latest group of companies to enter its accelerator program. I hopped on a call with G&W founder Leslie Feinzaig to find out what’s new in the program and what these six new companies are up to.
If you’re unfamiliar with Graham & Walker, you may know it better by its former name: Female Founders Alliance. The group was renamed Graham & Walker at the end of 2021, alongside the announcement of a $10 million fundraising. Haje wrote the details of the rebranding – and the thinking behind the new name – right here.
Similarly, you might see G&W’s acceleration program called both “The Graham & Walker Accelerator” and “Ready Set Raise”; the latter was the name of the acceleration program before the rebranding, but the classic name still pops up occasionally.
The Graham & Walker Accelerator is a six-week virtual program designed to help participating founders take their early but proven businesses to the next level and navigate the complexities of fundraising and storytelling. Companies receive one-on-one coaching, access to investors/mentors and PR support in exchange for 5% capital. Graham & Walker’s demo day for this group is scheduled for March 2, 2022.
Without further ado, the six companies in this last class:
Online courses for multilingual families looking to strengthen their children’s understanding of a culture and language, using immersive activities to teach rather than just focusing on the language itself. It currently offers classes like Chess, Art, Debate, and Calligraphy, with most classes currently being taught in Chinese.
A voice dating app. Rather than making you browse through a thousand profile pictures, they pair you with another user for a ten-minute voice chat. After the conversation, a “Glance” feature offers a handful of images that might be the person you’ve been talking to. If all the stars align and both parties want to talk more after the date/voice gaze, a match is made.
Do you like the way people dress in New York, Seattle or Paris? Local, Away is building a region-focused fashion platform, allowing influencers (or “styletrotters” as they call them) in a given area the opportunity to highlight local trends, brands and earn revenue. money to find “adjustments”.
A monthly subscription program to borrow high-end jewelry – think Dior, Hermés, etc. Membership costs $49 or $99 per month (for one or three jewels at a time, respectively); you can keep a coin for as long as you want (assuming you keep your subscription active) or redeem it with free two-way shipping.
A tool to organize efforts to spread the word (think political canvassing or distributing vaccine information) either by knocking on doors or through telephone banking. You tell them where you want to talk to people, and their platform helps distribute tasks, share conversation starter scripts, track notes on conversations you’ve had with a household, and more.
An enterprise tool for modifying a speaker’s accent in real time – such as making an accent more subtle when talking on the phone to someone in another region – while preserving “voice and language”. ‘speaker intonation’