Grata Secures $3.2M Seed Round to Scale Small Business Search Engine

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Grata, the search engine for discovering small to middle market private companies, today announced it has secured $3.2 million in Seed funding to further its mission in helping business professionals discover companies instantly, facilitating business development across industries. The financing round was led by Bling Capital with participation from Accomplice and Alumni Ventures Group, along with former executives from Goldman Sachs, American Express, and Citi, and other advisors.

Since launching in 2016, Harvard classmates Andrew Bocskocsky and Nevin Raj bootstrapped Grata to well over 100 customers. To date, business development professionals across private equity, investment banking, and recruiting have transacted over $1B with companies they’ve found through Grata. The company will use the new capital to scale its proprietary search engine technology, accelerate product development, and grow its engineering and sales functions, including doubling its employee count in the U.S.


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Scale Your Passion is helping Baltimore creatives turn ideas into businesses

Doing what you love and making a living don’t have to be mutually exclusive. That’s an idea at the heart of entrepreneurship. Yet, so often, a much-loved activity doesn’t start as a fully formed business. Creating a model that provides can be a journey.

With a virtual program coming up in December, the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (BCAN) is looking to convene community and tools for the first, crucial steps.

BCAN is set to hold Scale Your Passion, a free, two-day program, on Dec. 2 and 3. Applications for the 40 program spots are open through November 1.

It’s among a growing group of Baltimore pre-accelerator programs, which describes resources for founders at the idea stage. It’s also a pilot for BCAN as it seeks to help creatives grow local businesses. Created as a citywide initiative, BCAN is seeking to create space to explore that transition point from idea

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How ‘The Pilates Class’ used influencer marketing to scale quickly

  • Jacqui Kingswell has been a professional fitness instructor for years and, like many people, pivoted to digital when the pandemic turned her world upside down.
  • Kingswell took her technique online to create The Pilates Class and quickly caught the eye of an investor.
  • In four months, she used a three-pronged influencer marketing strategy to scale to 60,000 social media followers and tens of thousands of subscribers.
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Within four months of its launch, The Pilates Class (TPC) has amassed tens of thousands of subscribers, and a social media following of 60,000.

And its founder, trainer and former dancer Jacqui Kingswell, says an authentic influencer campaign is to thank. 

When the pandemic hit and the world pivoted online, Kingswell started teaching classes on Instagram Live to stay in touch with her regular clients and quickly realized this was the future of the industry. It would

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