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GSD Labs Pre-Accelerator Announces 2020 Cohort

Silicon Valley, CA November 2, 2020 — On November 2 GSD Labs, a project of GSD Venture Studios, is thrilled to announce their 2020 cohort. Challenging times require innovative concepts and also a world without borders. We are thrilled to have a diverse group of founders from five different countries. These future unicorns are breaking ground in work-tech, hard-tech, FINTECH, and mobile ecommerce.

“This is an opportunity to combine experience with top-tech talent from around the world and build the next generation of problem solving companies” explains CEO Gary Fowler.

Co-founder Derek Distenfield was recently interviewed about the program here.

Although this cohort was launched last week, the virtual program is taking rolling admissions. You can apply here.

Introducing the 2020 cohort:

Skill Cup

Skill Cup enables companies to introduce mobile training in just 3 days — tech, soft skills, onboarding — letting employees train anytime, anywhere on any smart device. Skill Cup saves hundreds of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars on ineffective training sessions.


Anisoprint finally eliminates the bottleneck of 3D printing, speeding the process, lowering the cost and growing the potential reach exponentially.

It enables 3D printing for complex industries, such as automotive and aerospace.


SAAS bundle for generative design of composite material structures. Up to 5 times faster solution. Unique algorithms for topology optimization of anisotropic and heterogeneous materials. Support of nonlinear and dynamic load cases, friction and failure.


Setka enables brands and publishers to create engaging interactive content that loads quickly with no coding. Setka has a patent pending technology, an award winning team with 15+ years of domain experience, and is set to end 2020 with $800K ARR.


Somin empowers anyone to run and optimize AI-driven campaigns on Facebook and Google in 4 simple steps, lowering costs and enhancing ad performance by up to 400%. Somin is trusted by brands like McDonalds, Audi, Puma, Nestle, and more.


Fittonic enables fitness coaches and influencers to scale up their offering by building interactive video content for home fitness and providing hyper-personal experience to millions of users with a computer vision AI.


Happ is a social mode graph where users can collectively reflect on the information placing it on the mood curve of the society, which is essential for building the data models that makes consumers happy.

Text Penguin

Text Penguin texts e-commerce users to recover abandoned shopping carts. Using a unique method they are staying compliant with GDPR privacy and with a recovery rate 4-5x better than email.


RealRate is a rating agency using Explainable AI (XAI) to create fair, unbiased and ethical company ratings. Removing the need for complex annual business reports, RealRate delivers easy to understand data that can be grasped in minutes.

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. Unlike traditional investors, we take senior operational (often co-founder) roles in these companies, capitalizing on our trusted reputation, experiences and network to drive explosive growth.

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