Pitch Events x Female Founders

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Catherine Humblet _indoor collective
Kristen Alexander_Ox
Kelly Hoffman_Vocalysd
Kelly Hoffman_Vocalysd

On the Way Up: Elevator Pitch Series

Sponsored by Amazon Alexa Startups & Symbl.ai

THE FINALE! Final WiV Pitch Event of the Year

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | Virtual
11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time | Look up your time zone!

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Can’t attend live? Sign up anyway – we’ll send you the recording after!

2021 November 16 Pitch Finale

Female-founded companies raised $3.31 billion in 2020, or 2.2% of the year’s total sum, compared to $3.5 billion and 2.6% in 2019. Ouch. Still not over 3%. (Yahoo, 2021). We’d love to support that changing.

Expand your community. Meet the women launching emerging voice tech. Join the conversation.

Meet our Sponsors!

Chelsie Hall_Viral Moment


Featured Founder: Chelsie Hall

Social Media Listening for Short Form Video

ViralMoment is social listening for video. We help our clients to detect when a movement is going viral on TikTok, we measure and characterize TikTok cultures, and we amplify our user’s messages to their target audience. So far, we’ve released a powerful enterprise social listening product for TikTok, a virality detection tool for Reddit, and an app to help creators go viral on TikTok.

Our mission is to make the internet a better place by shining a light on cultures and trends. Our products and team reflect this message, and everything we do is in the interest of lifting up more voices so that creators with positive voices are heard.

We’re proud to have recently won Carnegie Mellon’s Eradicate Hate Pitch Competition as a promising solution to mitigate and eradicate cultures of online hate. Read more about our work here.  

Catherine Humblet _indoor collective

Indoor Collective

Featured Founder: Catherine Humblet

Row together, even when you’re apart. Your erg. Your friends. One shared experience.

Indoor Collective is creating the next vertical in connected fitness, centered on real-time training partners with multi-channel interaction.

Kristen Alexander_Ox


Featured Founder: Kristen Alexander

Conversations drive outcomes. Managers don’t have time to coach.

With Ox, get instant AI-driven analytics on what you say and how you come across to nail every work conversation.

We’ve purpose-built Ox with a culture of positivity, celebrating the uniqueness and power of everyone’s individual voice. 

The voices we use in audio lessons represent multiple genders and races; we use she/her, he/him, and they/them pronouns in audio lessons. AI modeling includes weighting for each user’s individual voice through their own audio profile; patterns are determined as deltas from that profile; this enables us to recognize differences in dialect, vocabulary, and with English as a second language in some cases.

Kelly Hoffman_Vocalysd


Featured Founder: Kelly Hoffman

Vocalysd is a customer-centric, Proudly South African AI-powered insights tool. Vocalysd unlocks usable, easy-to-digest insights from your conversational data. These insights are key to optimising client interactions and enhancing your customers’ experience.  

Vocalysd empowers Sales Leaders and Contact Centre Executives to amplify conversation insights from each and every interaction. This offers businesses the ability to analyse large number of conversations accurately, using Vocalysd proprietary out of box solution that requires no training or keywords. 

Vertical: Contact centers, i.e. insurance, retail, financial customer support, health care, technical support and outsourced vs in-house support

I am a solo-preneur from South Africa. I am passionate about voice and most importantly extracting insights to ultimately help individuals be the best version of themselves. I want to scale into the US market. I have great ambition and have built something remarkable with “little!”

Firouza Eshonova_ EZ Speech


Featured Founder: Firouza Eshonova

Firouza has experience with over 20 years of investments, assets management, IPO and M&A experience (including Big 4 in Moscow and London) Ex-Group CFO of one of the largest industrial groups in Russia.

EZSpeech: Your virtual speech pathologist!

Problems: 1) Lack of SLPs, 2) High cost ($60-150 per session), 3) low efficiency (since kids practice only 1-2 a week vs daily as required)

Solution: In our App, AI, as a Virtual SLP, will guide a child throughout the exercises and assess accuracy of performance. VSM (video-self modeling) is proven to be more effective. Price is only $3-5 per session.

EZSpeech will help your child to exercise at home. Artificial Intelligence provides guidance to make the process effective and entertaining.  Artificial Intelligence guides your child throughout the entire process of speech therapy exercises, starting from demonstration of an exercise, assistance in performing, correcting mistakes and till the assessment of result. Statistics and progress reports, generated by AI, will enable your SLP to adjust your treatment.

Both founders are women and minority from different ethnic backgrounds. Adelina’s speech center serves kids and adults of different races and nationalities. Approximately 80% of her speech center customers are from low income families. Insurance covers only limited number of sessions and many families can not afford to continue.

Our App will enable kids and adults of different ethnic groups to receive speech therapy and improve their basic need. Correct speech is a crucial element of any educational process ensuring ultimately both social and economic integration essential for the well-being of both individual and of the entire society.

Elizabeth Scallon Alexa Startups

VC Panelist

Elizabeth Scallon

GTM & Operations at Alexa Startups

Award winning leader in the Pacific Northwest startup ecosystem. Elizabeth is a scientist, mentor, and 15 year leader in scientific and technological innovation.

⫸ Connecting enterprise to new ventures
⫸ Nurturing talent and growing teams, startups and communities
⫸ Trend assessment in the global innovation ecosystem

Known for a keen ability to locate disruptive and innovative technology, Elizabeth currently leads the Go To Market & Operations for the Amazon Alexa Fund and Startups team. Here she is engaging ambient and immersive startup founders and investors through startup programs, business development, and technical support. The Alexa Fund also provides up to $200 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation.

Elizabeth led the launch of WeWork’s startup and incubation arm, WeWork Labs in US West and LATAM, and previous to WeWork Elizabeth led the team at CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington coaching and growing the robust bench of NW tech and biotech startups.

An out lesbian from before the L Word pilot episode, Elizabeth has a passion for spotlighting and developing outsider voices. A tendency that aided her biotech startup team at VLST (her title: Head of Ops) grow to 50 employees and $35M in funding.

Obsessed with growth and knowledge, Elizabeth went from a degree in Biochemistry, to Georgetown’s Global Executive MBA in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Markets. She was most recently invited to join the 2019 cohort of Harvard Business School’s YALP program which aims to develop leaders who understand cross-sector collaborations for shared prosperity and can implement them more effectively and spread them more rapidly than in the past.

Despite an active travel schedule overseeing labs and showcasing Seattle talent in SF, LA, NYC and internationally, Elizabeth is a hometown hero. She grew up in Seattle, plays the connector and mentor role in building Seattle’s booming economy, and she lives on Beacon Hill with her wife and toddler. Sundays usually mean farmer’s markets and family brunch.


Surbhi Rathore Symbl.ai

VC Panelist

Surbhi Rathore

CEO & Co-Founder, Symbl.ai

Surbhi Rathore is the CEO and co-founder of Symbl.ai. Symbl is bringing to life her vision for a programmable platform that empowers developers and businesses to monitor, act, and comply with voice, video conversations at scale in their products and workflows without building their in- house data science expertise. This Techstars alum co-founded Symbl almost 3 years ago and is now backed by Amazon and has raised an early-stage venture round of $6.5M which deployed capital to grow a global team of tech enthusiasts to more than 50 people. She comes with experience from technical and customer-obsessed roles in both startups and enterprises such as Nevis Networks and Amdocs. Before co-founding Symbl, she worked in the Conversational AI space with a focus on delivering value to Telecommunication users. Surbhi is an international tech leader who advocates for Women in AI with a personal mission to inspire more women to work in Data Science. She is a national speaker, an accessibility equity champion, and the ultimate adventure capitalist. Surbhi has been honored with the Women in Voice Award for Founder of the Year, Amazon’s Top 10 Women to Watch in 2020, and the Will Reed Top 50 Companies in 2021. Follow her and her company’s recent work on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Martina Welkoff WXR Fund

VC Panelist

Martina Welkhoff

Co-founder and Managing Partner, WXR Fund

Martina is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at the WXR Fund, an early-stage venture fund investing in women-led spatial computing (AR/VR/AI) companies. Prior to launching the fund, WXR hosted an accelerator from which 26 companies have graduated. Before shifting her full time focus to investing, Martina was an entrepreneur who founded her first company, Zealyst, in 2010. Zealyst was a corporate gaming platform that strategically helped employees to build their professional network and in turn collected data for their employer on culture, morale, and engagement. After 6 years of building Zealyst, Martina founded a virtual reality company called ConveneVR that was focused on pushing the boundaries of social VR. She was inspired to transition into the VR industry after recognizing the unique opportunity the creation of a new computing platform provided for women and underrepresented minorities.

Martina is an advisor to the Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking at the Foster School of Business. From 2013-2017, she served as the board president of Seattle Women in Tech before transitioning the nonprofit to a for-profit company that is scaling the model globally. Martina was a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and won a Lumiere Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Advanced Imaging Societ. She is a 2021 Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree. Martina received a BA in English with a minor in Chemistry from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.


Zubeyda Tebra Headshot

VC Panelist

Zubeyda Tebra

Analyst, Azafran Capital Partners

Analyst and Data Operator with 5+ years experience in Finance and Venture Capital, focusing on early-stage voice & acoustics deep technologies embedded with ML. A Data Science student who’s actively involved in generating market research reports, analytics and running algorithms on a proprietary database focused on MedTech, IoT, and Enterprise.

Azafran Capital Partners – (ACP) – is a New York-based early-stage Venture Capital fund specializing in Voice, Acoustic, Imagery Modalities wrapped in Machine Learning / Augmented Intelligence technologies focused within the MedTech, IoT & Enterprise marketplace. We invest early in innovative teams solving challenging problems disrupting large markets with deep technology, embedded in end-to-end solutions.

Join the discussion on November 16!

Come learn about cutting-edge voice & conversational AI products and companies created & led by women.

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We’re delighted to host elevator pitch events for Women in Voice Founders to connect with investors and the public at large.

These events build community, connection, and networking opportunities to get feedback, implicit and explicit mentorship, and shape a supportive ecosystem of funding mechanisms for founders with diverse perspectives.

These events serve the WiV Mission by Celebrating, Amplifying, Connecting, and Creating opportunities for women in voice tech.

Three events in this 4-part series have WiV Founders pitch, a short Q&A, and then a larger discussion and feedback round.

For our pitch events, each founder pitches via video to an audience of investors. There is then be 3-5 minutes to field questions.

Post call, founders can follow up with all participants to answer any outstanding questions, provide details to VC panelists, etc. We facilitate intros and support founders any way we can- within reason of course!

Our goal is to get founders exposure and connections to support and capital.

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Email admin at women in voice dot org!

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More about this event

Who is invited? You! These events are open to the public and educational. Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors might be in attendance, but we there is no expectation of investment at these events.

Emcee: Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek 

Our goal: facilitate relationships, community, and mentorship between investors and underestimated founders!

Event Flow: VCs, Angel Investors, and Founders will gather to hear a few pre-selected pitches. After each pitch, you’ll have the chance to ask the Founder questions, and offer feedback verbally. We will also have a feedback form for you to submit digitally.

Benefits of attending:

  • Support diverse founders
  • Build relationships across industries
  • Stay on the cutting edge of voice and voice-adjacent technology startups
  • Learn more about Women in Voice community members

This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice.

Women in Voice Event Sponsor

Special thanks to Amazon Alexa Startups for sponsoring this event series!


Women in Voice Event Sponsor

Special thanks to Symbl.ai for sponsoring our November event!

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