29 leading Artificial Intelligence scaleups join UK’s first ever Applied AI growth programme

Harry Rhys Davies, September 9, 2019 12 min read

We are excited to introduce the cohort for the UK’s first ever Applied AI growth programme. Announced earlier this year, the growth programme is part of the UK Government AI and Data Sector Deal, and aims to support the AI founders that are making a positive and tangible impact on today’s society at a crucial stage of their growth journey

The cohort were chosen on their ability to provide AI-driven solutions to real world problems, applying artificial intelligence to create a tangible impact on society. The cohort includes Glasgow-based ClinSpec DX, which uses AI to provide cost-effective blood tests for the early detection of brain tumours. London-based Cervest utilises machine learning to answer questions linked to climate uncertainty, land, and natural resources. Bristol-based Gapsquare applies Artificial Intelligence to tackle gender and minority pay inequality.

Minister for Digital Matt Warman commented: “Britain has a long history as a global leader in computing technologies and it is home to the early pioneers of AI – Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing.

“It is great to see our legacy in this field continue by the next generation of British AI startups who are using the power of technology to solve real-world problems such as tackling fake news, detecting cancer earlier and efficiently managing waste.

“Tech Nation’s Applied AI programme will help us make the UK the best place to start and grow an AI business and generate a significant contribution to the future economy. I look forward to seeing these companies compete on the global stage.”

With over 140 applicants to the programme, it’s clear there is no shortage of innovative AI companies in the UK. And the calibre was so outstanding, our prestigious panel of judges chose 29 companies to join the programme – the largest cohort to date for our sector-specific growth programmes.

Gerard Grech, Tech Nation, CEO commented:‘‘We’re extremely pleased to announce such a strong cohort for our first ever Applied AI programme. The cohort accurately reflects the strength and diversity of the UK’s AI scaleup scene, and we’re really excited to be working with such a talented group of founders. We’re all fully aware of AI’s potential to benefit certain industries, but this programme is about more than concepts or ideas. The successful companies convinced us that they’re already on the path to a commercially scalable product, and we’re looking forward to helping them navigate such a crucial stage of their businesses’ journeys’’.

Angie Ma, COO & Co-founder, Faculty commented: “I had a fantastic time being part of the judging panel for the new cohort. I found it fascinating to see the many different ways in which artificial intelligence is being applied to solve business and societal challenges – it shows the real value AI can have to the UK economy as a general purpose technology. The judges were all in agreement on the companies we think stand to gain the most out of the programme. At Faculty, we’re excited to be involved, to see the cohort at workshops and events and help these AI startups to succeed.”

Unique challenges

The growth of AI is well documented, but a comparison of China and the UK’s AI ecosystem offers an interesting perspective. In the UK, 89% of the AI ecosystem is predominantly made up of startup companies with 50 or fewer employees. In comparison, China’s AI companies tend to have a larger group of employees; with 53% having more than 50 employees. 

The data speaks to a bigger issue: scaling an AI company still presents a number of unique challenges. From fundraising a ‘deep tech’ company, to hiring high-in-demand technical talent, to longer sales cycles – the pool of companies post-Series A funding still remains relatively small. This programme will speak specifically to these challenges.

Harry Davies, Tech Nation, Applied AI Lead: “For the UK to maintain its authority in AI, we need to nurture scalable, globally-competitive, homegrown AI companies that solve real problems. Yet, the pool of AI-focused companies that achieve this beyond Series A remains slim, despite the hype, and the path to scale is uniquely challenging. That is why it is so important that we champion our most promising UK AI companies with the greatest potential for growth as they look to scale and that’s what this group represents: 29 of the UK’s most exciting AI-focused startups on the path to building impactful and scalable companies, all chosen by a panel of expert judges.”

The cohort

So, without further ado, the 29 companies joining the Applied AI programme are:

Antiverse, Astroscreen, Bibblio, BIOS, C the Signs, Calipsa, CausaLens, Cervest, Chosen AI, ClinSpec Dx, Codec, DigitalBridge, Dream Agility, Factmata, Flexciton, Gapsquare, Genie AI, Grey Parrot, Humanising Autonomy, Latent Logic, Monolith AI, People Matter Tech, Plural AI, Predina, SenSat, Synthesized, ThinkSono, Wluper, Wordnerds.

 

  • Antiverse

    Antiverse logo

    Cardiff | Artificial Intelligence

    Antibodies are a very successful and valuable class of drug. But discovering and developing them into new drugs is a laborious and unreliable lab-based process. Antiverse's in silico models discover and optimise new antibody candidates faster, meaning only better targeted and further optimised candidates are included in expensive clinical trials. With the top-selling antibody bringing in sales of $19.9bn in 2018, the potential is huge.

    http://www.antiverse.io

  • Astroscreen

    Astroscreen logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @AstroscreenHQ

    Astroscreen uses AI to protect brands and defend democracy from harmful social media manipulation campaigns, also known as astroturfing. Social networks have become the new cybersecurity attack vector and Astroscreen is building the solution.

    https://www.astroscreen.com

  • Bibblio

    Bibblio logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @Bibblio

    Bibblio helps content owners navigate the attention economy by matching the right content to their audience through AI, thereby increasing engagement and maximising the return from content. Bibblio's AI engine runs across three tools: Circulation, Syndication and Promotion. Each targets important metrics for content owner teams.

    https://www.bibblio.org

  • BIOS

    BIOS logo

    Cambridge | Artificial Intelligence | @BIOShealth

    BIOS is a leading neural engineering startup, creating the open standard hardware and software interface between the human nervous system and AI. Improving the quality of life for millions of people affected by chronic disease, they combine applied materials, machine learning, software, neuroscience with the experience of surgeons, clinicians and patients.

    https://www.bios.health/

  • C The Signs

    C The Signs logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @CtheSignsTool

    C the Signs is an award-winning platform founded by doctors. Using artificial intelligence mapped with the latest evidence, the tool is used by Doctors to identify patients at risk of cancer at the earliest and most survivable stage of the disease. Covering the entire spectrum of cancer, C the Signs can identify which cancer(s) a patient is at risk of and, what test, investigation or referral they need in less than 30 seconds. The tool is currently being used by over 1000 doctors in the NHS and trials to date have demonstrated a 30x improvement in cancer detection rates.

    https://cthesigns.co.uk

  • Calipsa

    Calipsa logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @Calipsa_io

    Calipsa is on a mission to make the world a safer place. By building technology that transforms the detection and prevention of crime, Calipsa is empowering security professionals worldwide to make better decisions, in real-time. It uses cloud-based AI technology to identify the cause of a CCTV alarm, filtering out over 85% of false alarms and forwarding only true alarms to human operators to review.

    https://www.calipsa.io

  • CausaLens

    CausaLens logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @CausaLens

    causaLens is building the next generation of autonomous predictive technology for complex, dynamic systems and presence in key global markets. With a team that consists of scientists and engineers at the top of their game, their technology processes data to understand how the global economy will develop.

    https://www.causalens.com

  • Cervest

    Cervest logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @CervestEarth

    Cervest helps businesses, governments and growers adapt to climate volatility. They use machine learning to generate real-time streamed ‘climate signals’ to answer questions linked to climate uncertainty, land, and natural resources. It informs decisions that help mitigate risk, safeguard food and economic security – and protect our planet.

    https://cervest.earth

  • Chosen AI

    Chosen AI logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence

    Chosen AI is a people analytics platform that uses advanced Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning to help employers identify and optimise the potential of their existing employees. They have built a global contextual skills knowledge base that connects with existing HR systems to generate predictive insights that help align people strategies to business strategies.

    https://chosen.ai

  • ClinSpec Dx

    ClinSpec Dx logo

    Glasgow | Artificial Intelligence | @clinspecdx

    ClinSpec Dx uses artificial intelligence to analyse blood for early detection of cancers and other diseases and have developed the world's first cost effective blood test for the early detection of brain tumours. Studies have shown that their technology can bring savings to healthcare service providers as well as improved quality of life for patients.

    https://www.clinspecdx.com

  • Codec

    Codec logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @codec_ai

    Codec has built a platform that helps brands identify the audience networks that matter most to them, with rich insights into how they can win their engagement and grow. This is performed by real-time analysis of hundreds of millions of real content interactions.

    https://www.codec.ai/

  • DigitalBridge

    DigitalBridge logo

    Manchester | Artificial Intelligence | @DigitalBridgeHQ

    DigitalBridge is a Guided Design platform that enables retailers to help their customers design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen. Integrating directly into a retailer’s website, DigitalBridge guides their customers through the entire process, from concept to design to visualisation and completion. By reducing friction and difficult decisions, they enable retailers to shorten sales-cycles and increase conversion and revenue.

    https://www.digitalbridge.com

  • Dream Agility

    Dream Agility logo

    Manchester | Adtech & Marketing | Artificial Intelligence | @dreamagility

    Dream Agility uses Machine Learning and Visual AI to manage every aspect of Google Ads. From using Visual AI to attribute rich data from images, to MLoD (machine learning on demand) to disrupt the agency relationship, pass on massive savings and increase uplifts.

    https://dreamagility.com/

  • Factmata

    Factmata logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @factmata

    Factmata builds natural language processing to understand online content for what is being said, and how. Their goal is to develop a better understanding of online information, and rebuild trust in the internet.

    https://factmata.com

  • Flexciton

    Flexciton logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @ flexciton_ai

    Flexciton uses AI to optimise production scheduling for manufacturers. A factory production schedule dictates what should be manufactured, how and when. Creating a production schedule for just one week typically presents more than a trillion different options. Flexciton software searches through all of those options to generate the best schedule possible.

    https://www.flexciton.com

  • Gapsquare

    Gapsquare logo

    Bristol | Artificial Intelligence | @gapsquare

    Gapsquare enables companies worldwide to track pay disparity, pay equality and pay gap data instantly and sustainably, building fairer workplaces and simpler processes around fair pay. Gapsquare offers AI insights around building an inclusive workplace, moving pay gap and equality analytics in-house and within the control of the company.

    https://www.gapsquare.com

  • Genie AI

    Genie AI logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @Genie_AI

    Genie AI uses machine learning to curate and share relevant legal knowledge within a firm or legal team, empowering lawyers to draft with the collective intelligence of the firm. Their intelligent contract editor, "SuperDrafter," analyses thousands of variations of the same clause, deducing market standards so clients can negotiate the best deal every time.

    https://genieai.co/home

  • Grey Parrot

    Grey Parrot logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @greyparrotai

    Waste composition information is key to increase recycling/recovery rates, give quality guarantee to buyers, mitigate against risks and waste crime, and understand the carbon footprint of the products and waste we generate end-to-end. Greyparrot provides AI-powered computer vision software to increase transparency and automation in recycling. Their “Automated Waste Monitoring System” is currently deployed on moving conveyor belts in recycling facilities to analyse large waste flows.

    https://greyparrot.ai

  • Humanising Autonomy

    Humanising Autonomy logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @HumanisingAuto

    Humanising Autonomy is setting the global standard for how Automated Vehicles interact with people. The company has developed an intent prediction technology that predicts the full range of pedestrians and vulnerable road use behaviour across different environments and cities. As a critical perception technology, the software integrates with driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicle stacks, and smart infrastructure systems for real-time accident and near miss prevention, improving the safety and efficiency of Urban Mobility Systems across cities worldwide.

    https://www.humanisingautonomy.com

  • Latent Logic

    Latent Logic logo

    Oxford | Artificial Intelligence | @Latent_Logic

    Latent Logic ensures that autonomous vehicles can coexist and interact safely with humans in the real world, at scale. A spin-out of the award-winning Computer Sciences department at Oxford University, they use machine learning to build realistic simulations of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians - critical for the development, testing and certification of autonomous vehicles.

    https://www.latentlogic.com/

  • Monolith AI

    Monolith AI logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @Monolith_AI

    Monolith AI is a team of engineers, data scientists and software developers that work together to accelerate engineering through the use of AI. They have developed a software that combines AI, tailored visualisation tools and high-performance computing to enhance the productivity and knowledge of engineers, predict results ahead of time, and accelerate product development.

    https://www.monolithai.com

  • People Matter Technology

    People Matter Technology logo

    Ringwood | Artificial Intelligence | SaaS | @peoplematterltd

    People Matter Tech’s mental wellness platform is a safe online space that measures and improves mental wellness at work, without surveys. Their AI learns who you are and how your digital environment impacts your burnout risk, offering personalised recommendations.

    https://peoplematter.tech/

  • Plural AI

    Plural AI logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @pluralAI

    Plural AI is building a computational engine or data science platform for finance. Their systems mine web data to help business users answer complex, business relevant questions. They are working towards becoming the default interface for knowledge work, allowing business users to access complex data science without knowing how to code.

    https://plural.ai

  • Predina

    Predina logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @PredinaLtd

    Predina is the new upcoming leader in automotive spatio-temporal risk. It uses AI to build a dynamic risk map platform (STARI) that predicts and prevents the risk of road crashes based on contextual (spatio-temporal data) and historical accidents. STARI makes road users aware of contextual risk and provides the safest route from A to B in real time. They license their core technology to automotive mapping partners for ADAS and AV use cases and insurance telematics.

    https://www.predina.com

  • SenSat

    SenSat logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @SenSat_AI

    Providing industries with the understanding to shape a sustainable world, Sensat is building an intelligent eco-system that translates the real world into a version understandable to AI. This technology will help us to build a more sustainable future, using the wealth of new insight to help humans make better decisions.

    https://www.sensat.co.uk/

  • Synthesized

    Synthesized logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @Synthesizedio

    Synthesized accelerates data-driven projects with high-quality synthetic datasets that mimics original data, thereby unlocking deep insights whilst keeping original data locked down. Synthesized datasets allow partners to carry out practical analytics and research faster and more efficiently without ever needing to deal with sensitive data.

    https://synthesized.io/

  • ThinkSono

    ThinkSono logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence

    ThinkSono is an ultrasound AI company. AutoDVT is the world's first software that enables nursing staff to detect 'deep vein thrombosis' (DVT). DVT is a blood clot in the leg and is considered the number one cause of preventable hospital death.

    https://thinksono.com

  • Wluper

    Wluper logo

    London | Artificial Intelligence | @wluper_

    Wluper is building Conversational AI at the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Dialogue, and Knowledge Bases, aiming to bring them together by leveraging deep learning. Existing voice-based assistants can only understand one-way commands, not conversations, so developing goal-driven dialogue systems is required to achieve significantly improved user experiences.

    https://wluper.com

  • Wordnerds

    Wordnerds logo

    Gateshead | Artificial Intelligence | @word_nerdy

    Wordnerds teach computers to understand language, make decisions and find actionable insights. Using AI and advanced linguistics, they are turning the internet into the world’s biggest focus group.

    https://www.wordnerds.ai

 

The stats

We’re really excited about the broad variety of companies joining this cohort. 45% have at least one female co-founder and 24% of cohort companies are led by a female CEO.

Tabitha Golstaub, Chair, AI Council and Founder, CognitionX commented: “I’m thrilled to see the launch of Tech Nation’s first Applied AI cohort. It’s great to see the strength of technical expertise and diversity of the companies. With 35% operating outside of London and nearly half of the cohort’s participants having at least one female founder I think this represents the AI community well and exactly what we should be championing.”

The companies represent the exciting breadth of talent that exists in the UK, with cohort companies based in Bournemouth, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Gateshead, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Oxford. 

The statistics on the 29 companies joining our Applied AI growth programme

On average, our cohort employ 12 people – the largest company being Digital Bridge with 35 employees. The total funding raised by the cohort is £57.8 million, where backers include top investors like LocalGlobe, Entrepreneur First, IQ Capital, Pentech, and SpeedInvest. The average raise is £1.9 million, with average revenue being £183,000.

When asked, the most common scaling challenges our cohort currently face include hiring talent, telling their story to clients (especially with more technical applications), raising Series A investment as a deep tech company, and technical teams that need support on commercial.

The companies will have access to support from the programme partners; CBRERSM and Talent Works International, whose expertise and networks are an added benefit of being on the programme.

The sectors

With the incredible scope and endless possibilities of what artificial intelligence can actually do for us, the range of sectors these AI-first companies sit within is truly exciting.  An important qualifying factor when selecting the cohort was their ability to apply artificial intelligence in practical areas that create a tangible impact on society. We were also looking for AI companies that placed ethical considerations within their core values.

Dr Sarah Wood, Chair, Unruly commented: “The companies chosen to join Tech Nation’s Applied AI programme are tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time, from fake news to climate change. With the UK now third in the world for AI investment, I look forward to supporting the programme and seeing the significant impact these companies will have.”

Our chosen 29 companies are innovating using AI within healthcare, climate change and the workplace. 

The experts

We were lucky enough to have some of the most inspiring and influential people in the AI space on our judging panel, and we’ve also gathered an impressive selection of insight peers to consult and advise our cohort during the programme. Read the full list below:

Programme judges

  • Professor Dame Wendy Hall
  • David Kelnar, Partner, MMC Ventures
  • Nathan Benaich, General Partner, Air Street Capital
  • Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor, DIT 
  • Louise Marston, Managing Director, Doteveryone
  • Volker Hirsch, Partner, Amadeus Capital
  • Lopa Patel MBE, Chair, Diversity UK
  • Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab
  • Jem Davies, GM Machine Learning, ARM
  • Pratima Aiyagari, AI/ML and Deep Tech Lead EMEA, Cisco Investments
  • Mike Dimelow, Chief Investment Officer, ADV
  • Angie Ma, COO, Faculty 
  • Richard Potter, Peak AI
  • Sylvain Hanssen, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Entrepreneurs

Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of International Trade commented: “It was great to judge so many strong AI ideas that were tested and appeared ready to scale up. I look forward to following the progress of these young companies with their hunger for success and imagination, particularly as they look towards international investment and exports.”

Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK commented: “I couldn’t have hoped for a better judging experience – it’s fantastic how the Tech Nation team managed to bring together some of the most brilliant minds in tech and AI for a lively discussion on who’ll be the next game changing start-up. AI is all the rage now and a fantastic tool to support solutions for the world’s most pressing problems, and I look forward to seeing the selected startups benefit fully from this programme.”

AI Insight Peers 

  • Akriti Dokania, Octopus Ventures
  • Christopher McCann, Current Health
  • David Palmer, Co-founder, Darktrace
  • Angie Ma, Co-founder, Faculty
  • John Spindler, CEO, Capital Enterprise
  • Mark Logan, COO, Skyscanner
  • Max Bautin, Partner, IQ Capital
  • Miguel Martinez, Co-founder, Signal AI
  • Ofri Ben Porat, CEO, Edgify
  • Simone Maini, COO, Elliptic
  • Husayn Kassai, CEO, Onfido
  • Roger Taylor, Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
  • Dave Bailey, CEO Coach

Steve Erdal, Founder & CEO, WordNerds, Gateshead commented: “Tech Nation is a very special organisation, and one that we at Wordnerds have admired for a long time. Not only do they give small tech companies from all over the country a national and global platform, but their commitment to knowledge sharing allow the whole sector to move forward. We didn’t hesitate to apply when we saw the Applied AI Growth Programme. We don’t want to be a scaleup forever.  This opportunity to gain in-depth understanding from people who have walked this path, and to interact with our peers at the cutting edge of AI tech, is an incredible opportunity, that would have been impossible for us without Tech Nation. We are beside ourselves with excitement.” 

Iggy Bassi, Founder & CEO, Cervest, London commented: “The expertise of the people involved with the initiative is extremely impressive and the chance to count ourselves part of a network that includes alumni such as Darktrace, Shazam and Peak is hugely exciting for us. At a pivotal time for our business, we are looking forward to benefiting from a valuable external perspective and expert counsel, as well as the opportunity to amplify our reach to prospective partners and markets as we continue to grow our business.”

Hami Bahraynian, Co-founder & CEO, Wluper, London commented: “For us, getting investments doesn’t necessarily mean only by way of receiving cash, but also expertise, support and insights from the experienced people involved at Tech Nation, which can certainly help us to push forward.”

Cohort in depth

Antiverse – Cardiff  

Antibodies are a very successful and valuable class of drug. But discovering and developing them into new drugs is a laborious and unreliable lab-based process. Antiverse’s in silico models discover and optimise new antibody candidates faster, meaning only better targeted and further optimised candidates are included in expensive clinical trials. With the top-selling antibody bringing in sales of $19.9bn in 2018, the potential is huge.

Astroscreen – London @AstroscreenHQ

Astroscreen uses AI to protect brands and defend democracy from harmful social media manipulation campaigns, also known as astroturfing. Social networks have become the new cybersecurity attack vector and Astroscreen is building the solution.

Bibblio – London – @Bibblio

Bibblio helps content owners navigate the attention economy by matching the right content to their audience through AI, thereby increasing engagement and maximising the return from content. Bibblio’s AI engine runs across three tools: Circulation, Syndication and Promotion. Each targets important metrics for content owner teams.

BIOS – Cambridge @BIOShealth

BIOS is a leading neural engineering startup, creating the open standard hardware and software interface between the human nervous system and AI. Improving the quality of life for millions of people affected by chronic disease, they combine applied materials, machine learning, software, neuroscience with the experience of surgeons, clinicians and patients.

C The Signs – London – @CtheSignsTool

C the Signs is a digital tool that uses AI mapped with the latest evidence to accurately identify patients at risk of or in the early stages of cancer. The early stages of cancer is the most curable stage of the disease and their technology is currently being used in the NHS.

Calipsa – London – @Calipsa_io

Calipsa is on a mission to make the world a safer place. By building technology that transforms the detection and prevention of crime, Calipsa is empowering security professionals worldwide to make better decisions, in real-time. It uses cloud-based AI technology to identify the cause of a CCTV alarm, filtering out over 85% of false alarms and forwarding only true alarms to human operators to review.

CausaLens – London @CausaLens

CausaLens is building the next generation of autonomous predictive technology for complex, dynamic systems and presence in key global markets. With a team that consists of scientists and engineers at the top of their game, their technology processes data to understand how the global economy will develop.

Cervest – London – @CervestEarth

Cervest is pioneering Earth Science AI to help businesses, governments and growers adapt to climate volatility. Using machine learning, it generates real-time streamed ‘signals’ to answer questions linked to climate uncertainty, land, and natural resources. It brings clarity to decisions to help mitigate risk, safeguard food and ensure economic security – and supports the restoration and resilience of our planet and its people.

Chosen AI – London

Chosen AI is a people analytics platform that uses advanced Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning to help employers identify and optimise the potential of their existing employees. They have built a global contextual skills knowledge base that connects with existing HR systems to generate predictive insights that help align people strategies to business strategies.

ClinSpec Dx – Glasgow – @clinspecdx 

ClinSpec Dx uses artificial intelligence to analyse blood for early detection of cancers and other diseases and have developed the world’s first cost effective blood test for the early detection of brain tumours. Studies have shown that their technology can bring savings to healthcare service providers as well as improved quality of life for patients.

Codec – London @codec_ai

Codec has built a platform that helps brands identify the audience networks that matter most to them, with rich insights into how they can win their engagement and grow. This is performed by real-time analysis of hundreds of millions of real content interactions.

DigitalBridge – Manchester @DigitalBridgeHQ

DigitalBridge is a Guided Design platform that enables retailers to help their customers design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen. Integrating directly into a retailer’s website, DigitalBridge guides their customers through the entire process, from concept to design to visualisation and completion. By reducing friction and difficult decisions, they enable retailers to shorten sales-cycles and increase conversion and revenue.

Dream Agility – Manchester @DreamAgility

Dream Agility uses Machine Learning and Visual AI to manage every aspect of Google Ads. From using Visual AI to attribute rich data from images, to MLoD (machine learning on demand) to disrupt the agency relationship, pass on massive savings and increase uplifts. Dream Agility were previously Northern Stars winners.

Factmata – London – @factmata

Factmata builds natural language processing to understand online content for what is being said, and how. Their goal is to develop a better understanding of online information, and rebuild trust in the internet.

Flexciton – London –  @flexciton_ai

Flexciton uses AI to optimise production scheduling for manufacturers. A factory production schedule dictates what should be manufactured, how and when. Creating a production schedule for just one week typically presents more than a trillion different options. Flexciton software searches through all of those options to generate the best schedule possible. 

Gapsquare – Bristol –  @gapsquare

Gapsquare enables companies worldwide to track pay disparity, pay equality and pay gap data instantly and sustainably, building fairer workplaces and simpler processes around fair pay. Gapsquare offers AI insights around building an inclusive workplace, moving pay gap and equality analytics in-house and within the control of the company.

Genie AI – London – @Genie_AI

Genie AI uses machine learning to curate and share relevant legal knowledge within a firm or legal team, empowering lawyers to draft with the collective intelligence of the firm. Their intelligent contract editor, “SuperDrafter,” analyses thousands of variations of the same clause, deducing market standards so clients can negotiate the best deal every time.

Grey Parrot – London – @greyparrotai

Grey Parrot is improving and automating the recycling process by enabling waste composition analysis and sorting of waste types. They use deep learning to power next-generation robotics and smart systems for waste management.

Humanising Autonomy – London – @HumanisingAuto

Humanising Autonomy is setting the global standard for how Automated Vehicles interact with people. The company has developed an intent prediction technology that predicts the full range of pedestrians and vulnerable road use behaviour across different environments and cities. As a critical perception technology,  the software integrates with driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicle stacks, and smart infrastructure systems for real-time accident and near miss prevention, improving the safety and efficiency of Urban Mobility Systems across cities worldwide. 

Latent Logic – Oxford – @Latent_Logic

Latent Logic ensures that autonomous vehicles can coexist and interact safely with humans in the real world, at scale. A spin-out of the award-winning Computer Sciences department at Oxford University, they use machine learning to build realistic simulations of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – critical for the development, testing and certification of autonomous vehicles.

Monolith AI – London – @Monolith_AI

Monolith AI is a team of engineers, data scientists and software developers that work together to accelerate engineering through the use of AI. They have developed a software that combines AI, tailored visualisation tools and high-performance computing to enhance the productivity and knowledge of engineers, predict results ahead of time, and accelerate product development.

People Matter Tech – Bournemouth @PeopleMatterLtd

People Matter Tech’s mental wellness platform is a safe online space that measures and improves mental wellness at work, without surveys. Their AI learns who you are and how your digital environment impacts your burnout risk, offering personalised recommendations. People Matter were previously Tech Nation Rising Stars winners.

Plural AI – London @pluralAI

Plural AI is building a computational engine or data science platform for finance. Their systems mine web data to help business users answer complex, business relevant questions. They are working towards becoming the default interface for knowledge work, allowing business users to access complex data science without knowing how to code.

Predina – London – @PredinaLtd

Predina is the new upcoming leader in automotive spatio-temporal risk. It uses AI to build a dynamic risk map platform (STARI) that predicts and prevents the risk of road crashes based on contextual (spatio-temporal data) and historical accidents. STARI makes road users aware of contextual risk and provides the safest route from A to B in real time. They license their core technology to automotive mapping partners for ADAS and AV use cases and insurance telematics.

SenSat – London – @SenSat_AI

SenSat builds digital simulations of the real world to help computers solve complex problems. Their simulated reality platform Mapp® allows companies operating in physical domains, such as infrastructure construction, to make more informed decisions based on real site data.

Synthesized – London @Synthesizedio

Synthesized accelerates data-driven projects with high-quality synthetic datasets that mimics original data, thereby unlocking deep insights whilst keeping original data locked down. Synthesized datasets allow partners to carry out practical analytics and research faster and more efficiently without ever needing to deal with sensitive data.

ThinkSono – London

ThinkSono is an ultrasound AI company. AutoDVT is the world’s first software that enables nursing staff to detect ‘deep vein thrombosis’ (DVT). DVT is a blood clot in the leg and is considered the number one cause of preventable hospital death.

Wluper – London – @wluper_

Wluper is building Conversational AI at the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Dialogue, and Knowledge Bases, aiming to bring them together by leveraging deep learning. Existing voice-based assistants can only understand one-way commands, not conversations, so developing goal-driven dialogue systems is required to achieve significantly improved user experiences.

Wordnerds – Gateshead – @word_nerdy

Wordnerds teach computers to understand language, make decisions and find actionable insights. Using AI and advanced linguistics, they are turning the internet into the world’s biggest focus group.

 

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