How Captioning App Ava Used Storytelling To Raise $16.3 Million

“I was born in a Deaf family. My parents are Deaf. My sister is Deaf.” This was the opening to Thibault Duchemin’s initial investor pitch for his company Ava, a real-time captioning product. Ava was originally created for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community and has recently expanded into the enterprise market. Thanks to his compelling storytelling, Thibault was first able to raise $1.6 million to go after his initial target market. As Ava has grown, the company has gone on to raise a “seed” and a Series A totaling $14.7 million to add a professional live-captioning solution for any meeting or classroom on top of its original AI product.

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