GSD Labs Begins 6th Accelerator! 12 Top Startups to #GoGlobal
Silicon Valley, CA January 3, 2022 — GSD Labs, a project of GSD Venture Studios, is thrilled to announce our sixth cohort. Challenging times require innovative concepts and a world without borders. We are excited to have a diverse group of founders, with roots and operations in at least nine countries (including South Africa, Zambia, Australia, The U.K., Poland, Czech Republic, India, Switzerland, and the U.S.).
30% are led by minorities or founders from emerging markets. These future unicorns’ tech verticals include mobility, ed-tech, AR/VR, fintech, med-tech, and the metaverse.
“Our unique 15-week program offers high-potential technology companies direct access to our tried and true guidance on product and growth, GSD’s network of mentors, as well as access to our global venture capital community,” explains CEO Gary Fowler.
Introducing our 6th cohort:
CanPro is an ecosystem-as-a-service that drives customer acquisition for Africa’s $180b digital economy. A mobile app combined with in-person ambassadors, analytics, and built-in virality has added over 1 million users for enterprise customers like Facebook.
The Cosmiq community brings the universal values of love, inclusion, humility into the metaverse via digital avatar storytelling and its own digital currency. Virtual avatars Leya Love and Aya Stellar combine storytelling AI, AR, blockchain, NFT’s, multimedia nature art, and gaming to build a more conscious physical world and metaverse community.
Frostwolf creates a new category of extreme sport, recreation, and transportation with the P1 hover vehicle. Starting with Frostwolf’s racing league, trained professionals will drive adoption by amusement parks and personal users.
Fun1st incentivizes students to achieve academic success by tracking their behavior/performance and rewarding them with tokens that can be spent in Fun1st’s digital school store.
Glaze integrates sales, ordering, fitting, and manufacturing via app to build a marketplace and revolutionize the antiquated prosthetics market. The vertically integrated supply chain allows clinicians to submit patient measurements and information in minutes and receive their new limb in days.
Mileus guarantees users can comfortably and easily commute home every day. The automated extension of public transport provides on-demand, door-to-door service, coordinating public transportation with last-mile ride-hailing apps.
For employees that work alone, such as delivery drivers, security guards, and maintenance technicians, Novus Guard dispatches emergency services in the event of an incident, even without a signal or user input.
Truviva is an infertility management platform that addresses the physical and mental wellbeing of aspiring mothers with a holistic approach. Start your family with help from educational and mindfulness materials, access to ambassadors and fertility specialists, and Truviva-developed supplements.
Ustocktrade is the only retail stock trading platform that settles trades in real-time, allowing retail investors to instantly re-invest proceeds from sales and make an unlimited amount of daily trades. The P2P trading platform currently supports equity and will soon add options, cryptocurrency, and other asset classes.
The Enterprise Metaverse has arrived, activating communities and enabling self-expression like never before. Virtual Console defines how companies innovate as the synthesis between humans and technology continues to progress. Collaboration and engagement with Virtual Console allow an experiential approach to problem solving and true presence in a virtual office that can be personalized for our corporate clients.
Workademy is a knowledge-sharing platform for companies that allows anyone in the organization to share their expertise via online, engaging mini-courses. The subscription-based SaaS enables companies to build courses, share them internally or externally through a private workspace and track success with an analytics dashboard.
Zigyaasa’s SaaS platform helps dev-ops teams to optimize video with deep learning on both live and pre-recorded streams. Storage space and streaming costs are reduced by 40% while high-quality videos can be sent across poor network connections with low latency without any additional hardware.
About GSD Venture Studios:
We travel the world investing in resilient teams bold enough to #GoGlobal.
For too long, self-motivated entrepreneurs have navigated the minefield of challenges to launching a global company with very little support. The last thing you should bet on in this situation is an unproven team that you don’t trust. GSD Venture Studios travels to every corner of the globe inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships that ensure organizations grow the right way, without games or gimmicks. You can learn more about GSD Ventures Studios here: https://www.gsdvs.com/post/interview-with-derek-everything-you-need-to-know-about-gsd
About Derek Distenfield:
Known for both bringing revolutionary new ideas to organizations that deliver explosive growth and for displaying a high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity. For over 15 years, Derek has blazed high impact careers in startups, corporations, governments, and nonprofit organizations that range from $0 to $2 billion.
He is the operational mastermind, COO and Co-founder behind the success of GSD Venture Studios. Derek brings a variety of resources together to deliver explosive growth for GSD’s portfolio companies. Additionally, he lectures on startup growth at leading universities and writes for Forbes.com. Analytic Insight Magazine honored Derek as a 40 under 40 Innovator for his work in redefining the future of tech through cutting edge innovation. Yahoo.com called Derek as one of 2020s most influential people.
Derek is a frequent keynote speaker, advisor, and mentor. Silicon Valley is home, and he travels the world frequently to work with GSD’s portfolio companies.
More information can be found at: https://www.gsdvs.com/post/meet-derek-distenfield