All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech.

Called VC Cohorts, All Raise is for the first time speaking publicly about how these 12-person subgroups will give their members career guidance and, perhaps more importantly, the ability to share deals.

“It’s basically like having 12 coffee chats in one evening,” Impact Capital managing partner Heidi Patel, who helps oversee the VC Cohorts program, tells TechCrunch.

During the first VC Cohorts meeting, NEA partner Vanessa Larco found an investor to lead the Series B of one of her existing portfolio companies, an Atlanta identity and credential verification startup called Evident.

“Our cohort meetings always end with talking about portfolio companies that are currently raising,” Larco said in a statement.

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