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Announcing GFR's GDC Office Hour: Elevating Startups through Community-Centric Innovation

Updated: Mar 7

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In 2024, GFR Fund is continuing our search for opportunities to support more pioneering startups, specifically those with a strong focus on emerging digitally-native communities. We’re passionate about identifying and supporting founders who understand the transformative power of community building in the digital age.

As part of our commitment to fostering community-centric innovation, we’re excited to introduce the GFR Fund GDC Office Hour—a unique opportunity for startups to connect with and receive personalized insights from our team members.

Community in focus

Whether they have a product with an existing community or are in the early stages of building one, we seek entrepreneurs who understand the significance of fostering dedicated communities. This approach enables us to connect with visionary leaders who not only create groundbreaking products but also cultivate thriving digital ecosystems around them.

Our outstanding portfolio companies have demonstrated the importance of community-building and how communities contribute to bigger growth. One of them is Omeda Studios, a game developer of cross-platform third-person online battle arena games. Even before its first game release, Omeda Studio had already built a strong community on Discord. By fostering an engaged community, the team not only amplified anticipation but also garnered invaluable feedback from players and streamers, shaping its product in real time.

Another community-strong company in our portfolio is RTFKT, which uses the latest in game engines, NFT, blockchain authentication, and augmented reality to create unique sneakers and digital artifacts. With a strong presence on Instagram from the start, RTFKT experienced significant social media interactions, setting the stage for its success. Its commitment to community engagement showcased the potential for startups to thrive through digital platforms.


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GDC Office Hour: a unique opportunity for community-driven startups

With a mission to support more innovative startups and products with a strong focus on community, we’re excited to unveil the GDC Office Hour, which will be held on March 20, during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It's a call to all early-stage startups in gaming, Generative AI, creator economy, media & brands, fintech, and consumer tech that are seeking advice, feedback, and development support.

Two of our team members, Jeremy Lim and Kinuko Tanaka, will hold 20-minute slots to meet with startups, offer mentorship, and discuss potential fundraising opportunities. We’ll be accepting applications until March 15. Limited spots are available, and our team will carefully select startups based on capacity. 

If you’re a founder who’d like to gain valuable insights from industry experts and receive constructive feedback to propel your venture forward, apply now by submitting the form below. We’re excited to connect with visionary entrepreneurs who value the power of community, and we look forward to joining you on this journey of reshaping the future of entertainment and consumer tech!

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