Startup Accelerator GSD Labs Launches 7th Cohort with 11 companies to #GoGlobal

Derek Distenfield
4 min readFeb 21, 2022


Silicon Valley, CA February 14, 2022 — GSD Labs, a project of GSD Venture Studios, is thrilled to announce our seventh 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 eleven countries (including Germany, France, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Spain, Finland, The U.K., India, Switzerland, and the U.S.).

36% are led by women, minorities, or founders from emerging markets. These future unicorns’ tech verticals include artificial intelligence, fintech, future of work, the metaverse, and more.

“Joining GSD’s global accelerator connects great founders and teams to tried and true growth tactics and the world’s best network of mentors and investing partners,” explains CEO Gary Fowler.

Introducing our 7th cohort:


AcceleratXR is a low-code platform that enables teams of any size and experience to build successful multiplayer experiences at scale for gaming, entertainment, and the metaverse.

AI Spotter

AISpotter enables professionals to turn terabytes of recorded and streamed video into usable and shareable sports clips to delight fans, aid decision-making, and even predict the future. The technology pinpoints the most important segments of recorded video, including from multiple camera angles, with any setup to make instant, production-ready highlights.


Checkboard uses AI to capture background information and financial data. The SaaS platform helps lenders and real estate agents obtain ID verification, income validation, credit scores, and AML compliance data.

The D3Golf App removes the restriction of same time, same place for golf wagers. Now you can bet both on course/in-person or from across the world. Club vs. club, college vs. college, and celebrities vs. fans to earn thousands for their favorite charity. And golf is only the beginning.

ESG Explorer

ESG Explorer’s B2B SaaS platform leverages data and analytics to provide insights into sustainability goals and actionable recommendations in real-time.

Foxy Nerds

Foxy Nerds scales influencer marketing programs for B2B companies across the business buying journey. The SaaS platform helps companies quickly and easily leverage the right influencers to drive awareness and make sales.


Keble is a fractional real estate investment platform that allows Africans to invest in premium properties with as little as $10. Our vetted assets start Africans on the path to homeownership and financial inclusion at their own pace. harnesses the power of people and culture to create a competitive advantage for enterprise clients using behavioral science. With AI and predictive analytics, the B2B SaaS platform enriches workplace culture and triples employee productivity, engagement, and business outcomes.


SimpleCloud Platform as a Service onboards distributed talent simply and enables remote/hybrid work even with the most demanding software. The workspace enables seamless access to customized virtual workstations from tablets and light computers remotely and securely with unique levels of collaboration.


Tenakata brings financial inclusion to underfunded small and medium-sized businesses in Africa. In addition to credit, Tenakata provides insurance, record keeping, and financial literacy training with a simple to use mobile application.

Witty Works

Witty Works enables companies to consistently apply inclusive language and brand voice. This unification of messaging boosts efforts to build inclusive cultures and provides bias awareness tools as well as spelling and grammar checks. The multilingual B2B SaaS browser plugin.

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:

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 Analytic Insight Magazine honored Derek as a 40 under 40 Innovator for his work in redefining the future of tech through cutting edge innovation. 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.
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Derek Distenfield

Derek Distenfield is an investor, operational mastermind, frequent keynote speaker, advisor, and mentor based in Charlotte, GA.