AR/VR Industry Inclusion: Women & Allies Building Together
Women-in-VR-Dallas is excited to have the WXR Fund Team present at Capital Factory // SXSW
Come meet the founders of the WXR Fund, which is investing in startups in the VR/AR/MR industry that are committed to balanced gender representation.
The WXR Fund also provides community infrastructure to support women leaders in immersive tech. Our investment thesis is rooted in both social and economic impact: the WXR fund aims to help build a more inclusive industry from the ground up as well as leverage the unique economic opportunity that current demographic imbalances create.
Our robust community programming, including pitch showcases, a curated mentorship program, educational content, and media partnerships, is designed to amplify the impact of our investments by elevating and accelerating our portfolio companies.
ABOUT THE WXR FOUNDERS
Martina Welkhoff is a serial entrepreneur with growth and acquisition experience. She’s a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on women-led AR/VR companies, and a Venture Partner at Jump Canon, a San Francisco fund focused on underrepresented founders in emerging tech. She is a board member of Seattle Angel and advisor to the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington, and for over five years was the President of Seattle Women in Tech. Martina is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council, and an alumna of the Schusterman Foundation REALITY program.
Abby Albright was focused on the AR/VR ecosystem at Mucker Capital, a seed and series A venture capital firm in Los Angeles, prior to the WXR Fund. Previously, Abby focused on business development and strategic partnerships at Daqri, a leading augmented reality software and hardware technology company. She also spent time in business development at Mass Relevance (acq. by Spredfast), an enterprise software platform that led innovation in interactive social media marketing through partnerships with Twitter & Facebook. She has a BA from University of California at Berkeley and most recently attended Wharton at University of Pennsylvania for business school. Abby is also an active advisor to several AR/VR startups for which she has assisted in stages from formation of company through seed funding via corporate investors and venture capital sources.
Malia Probst is a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund investing in XR startups committed to balanced gender representation, and VRScout, one of the world’s leading immersive media companies. She is a podcast host with 300K+ downloads, is an international speaker, and has been named in the Top 20 Most Influential People in the VR/AR industry, Top 20 Women in VR in LA, and Top 100 Digital Influencers globally.