ABOUT THE GALAXY FUND
From nothing to something, a prototype grant focused on the earliest stage of development.
Sometimes the initial barriers are the hardest to overcome. My name is Evva Karr and as the founder and final boss of GLITCH, I’ve heard it all before when launching projects like HyperDot and Power Leveling -- “it’s too risky,” “the market is unproven,” or “talk to us when you’re closer to launch.” There’s always an excuse and most people aren’t interested in financing bold new ideas and early stage experiments -- especially from BIPOC, women, and queer founders.
Equity begins at the foundership level and the Galaxy Fund has been created to address this financing gap for BIPOC, women, and queer-led studios. Starting right now with a $50,000 raise for a fierce group of five Black women and queer founders.
The funding will be given as an unrestricted prototype grant for each founder to use however they see fit for themselves and their business -- child care, hardware, software, part-time staff, coaching, legal, therapy.
Let’s fund the next prototypes for these exceptional artists and wait at the edge of our seats for the groundbreaking worlds they will build and share with us.
I’ll be personally matching up to $10,000 and encourage those who can do the same to reach out to me and pledge as well. If we reach our goal, then we’ll add more Black women and queer founders to this campaign and keep going. Let’s make this happen y’all.
Daisy Ein is the co-owner and founder of Super Retro Duck. A jack-of-all trades, Daisy leads as a visual artist, musician, and developer. Super Retro Duck’s first game is an irresistibly charming game called Tiny Bird Garden.
More on Daisy here: https://daisyein.com/a/about-daisy/
Latoya Peterson is the co-founder and chief of experience at Glow Up Games. Before partnering with HBO’s Insecure to make a game, Latoya was an award winning race and culture writer for national outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Jezebel, and Kotaku.
More on Latoya the the Glow Up Games team here: https://glowup.games/
Catt Small is a product designer and game maker. Her experience in design has led her to work for major companies like Etsy, SoundCloud, and Nasdaq. Catt us is also co-founder of the game development studio Brooklyn Gamery and makes games that tell the awkward, but honest stories behind interpersonal relationships.
More on Catt here: https://cattsmall.com/about/
Jules Porter is part lawyer, part video game developer. As founder of Seraph 7 Studios, Jules creates meaningful and fun games. Seraph 7 Studios is currently developing its first game, Ultimate Elder Battle Royale.
More about Jules here: https://www.seraph7studios.com/meet-jules
Geneva “Gensuta” Heyward is a game developer and 2D artist. Gen burst onto the game development scene by shipping a whopping seven games before graduating college. Their latest game, Skate and Date recently tied up a successful crowdfunding campaign and captivated us with its vibrant aesthetic.
More on Gen here: https://gensuta.carbonmade.com/about
If you or someone you know deserves a future grant through the Galaxy Fund, please be sure to nominate them here
A special thank you to Ana Diaz for helping out on edits and outreach!
- Julie Fukunaga
- Nichola Adams
Organizer and beneficiary
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