Nagish Raises $16M in Funding


Nagish, a NYC-based startup using AI to make communication accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, raised $16M in funding.

The round was led by Canaan Partners, with participation from existing investors K5 Global, Tokyo Black, Cardumen Capital, Vertex Ventures Israel, Contour Venture Partners, and Precursor Ventures, as well as the founders of Datadog and Looker.

The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the continued development of its AI-powered communication tools.

Led by CEO Tomer Aharoni, Nagish has developed an end-to-end private relay service that empowers deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to communicate without a third party. Its flagship product, an AI-powered text-to-speech phone app, offers a transcription of spoken language into text. The company provides real-time transcription and customizable text display options, an intuitive interface that replaces native phone apps, and voice modulation features, making it a comprehensive communication tool for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Nagish empowers people with hearing loss to follow conversations in real-time, enhancing personal interactions and improving accessibility while keeping calls private and secure.

The company also has partnerships with many enterprises, including Comcast, Pfizer, NBCUniversal, and Amazon.