Austin's Top 6 Highest Funded AI Startups

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As investment in the AI sector continues to grow, it is not just the traditional hubs of New York and the San Francisco Bay Area that are seeing the benefits of record levels of venture capital funding.

The proliferation of remote working opportunities, partly brough on by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, has seen a host of tech talent and employers alike migrate to Austin and the so-called “Silicon Hills” area.

Home to over 3000 tech companies and a hot of accelerators and incubators, Austin is quickly developing a reputation as a key player in the US AI startup scene.

We take a look at 6 of Austin’s highest funded and most innovative AI startups.

6. Yonder

Total Funding: $16 million

Latest Round: $14 million Series A (Jul 2019)

Founded in 2017 by experts in data science, online radicalization, and digital media, Yonder were widely cited in the Senate Select Committee investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 US Election.

Yonder’s AI software leverages machine learning to discover hidden online communities and identify how narratives can spread on the internet and influence public opinion.

Working with some of the worlds leading companies, Yonder aim to protect their customers by proactively identifying sources of disinformation, allowing brands to take control of narratives before they can spread.

5. Pensa Systems

Total Funding: $28.2 million

Latest Round: $16 million Series A (Jun 2021)

Led by a team of entrepreneurs and experts in AI/Machine Learning, Pensa is revolutionizing how retailers and brands manage shelf space, utilizing advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to reduce stockouts and increase revenue through highly accurate, real-time shelf space visibility.

It is estimated that stockouts are a $1 trillion problem in the retail sector, with Pensa’s groundbreaking AI offering a much needed and timely solution.

4. Tethr

Total Funding: $36.2 million

Latest Round: $15 million Series Unknown (Sep 2019)

Supported by more than a decade of sales and customer experience research, Tethr is a conversation analytics platform that delivers crucial insights to decision-makers based on information extracted from customer interactions.

The cloud-based platform is capable of turning vast amounts of unstructured data from a variety of sources into actionable insights that can better inform the decision-making process and improve productivity.

3. Smarter Sorting

Total Funding: $31.6 million

Latest Round: $17 million Series A (Sep 2019)

As the issue of excess waste grows ever more prevalent, retailers are trying to identify ways to dispose of unused goods in a more sustainable fashion. 

Founded in 2015, Smarter Sorting is a product intelligence provider that combines AI and machine learning to solve this problem, showing retailers the physical and chemical makeup of their products and providing disposal instructions.

As environmental concerns grow Smarter Sorting’s technology represents a potentially groundbreaking development for the retail sector.

2. REX

Total Funding: $135.5 million

Latest Round: $25 million Private Equity (May 2020)

Founded in 2015 REX are changing the way people buy and sell homes, bringing the real-estate market into the digital age by leveraging AI and big data to provide a superior experience for both buyers and sellers while reducing costs.

REX employ machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to price homes more accurately than traditional methods, before matching them to qualified buyers through a variety of channels.

Having experienced rapid growth since their launch, REX are now a licensed real estate broker in 16 States across the US. 

1. SparkCognition

Total Funding: $163.6 million

Latest Round: $100 million Series C (Oct 2019)

SparkCognition are the world’s leading infrastructure focused AI platform, driving sustainable growth for their clients by providing them with award-winning machine learning technology.

Offering a suite of cutting-edge AI products including SparkPredict, DeepNLP and DeepArmour, SparkCognition help their customers understand industry specific challenges, analyze complex data sets, and inform the decision-making process.

In 2020 the company was awarded the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award in the cognitive analytics and AI industry.

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