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AI Dynamics | December 13, 2022
AI Dynamics, a business founded on the belief that everyone should have access to and benefit from the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to change the world, was accepted out of 1,000+ applicants into Newchip’s renowned global accelerator program’s latest cohort.
The online accelerator provides the mentorship, connections and tools that growth-stage teams need to drive greater scale, expand business operations, and position their company for potential exit or acquisition. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, fully digital accelerator has helped over 1,500 founders from more than 50 countries and 250 cities raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated portfolio of over $9B.
“When evaluating companies for our Series A Accelerator, we search for proven business models that are prepared to scale their strong revenues and traction quickly in order to gain further market share and increase their likelihood of industry disruption. “We see real potential in AI Dynamics and are excited to integrate them into our global network of VCs, angel investors, and family offices seeking to invest in this particular space.”
Armando Vera Carvajal, Vice President at Newchip
AI Dynamics’ mission is to create an operating system for AI that empowers anyone, at any skill level, to create AI solutions. The company’s core product, the NeoPulse AI Platform, does just that by enabling organizations to manage their entire AI workflow and infrastructure from one place. Since launching in 2015, AI Dynamics has closed more than $8.9 million in funding, received accolades from industry-leading analyst firms and media like Gartner, Clutch and CIO Review, and partnered with enterprises like Soracom, MBC BioLabs and Pettigrew Medical.
“Being part of the Newchip Accelerator, we are looking forward to making AI accessible and beneficial to enterprises in all industries,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO at AI Dynamics. “Our current focus is heavily on healthcare, biotechnology and medical coding, as well as the industrial and manufacturing industries, and we look forward to expanding as our business grows.”
About AI Dynamics
AI Dynamics aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) accessible to organizations of all sizes. The company's NeoPulse® Framework is an intuitive development and management platform for AI, which enables companies to develop and implement deep neural networks and other machine learning models that can improve key performance metrics. The company's team brings decades of experience in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence from leading companies and research organizations.
Newchip is an online, global startup accelerator led by a world-class team of entrepreneurs and investors. It was designed to provide founders with the tools needed to rapidly fund, build, and scale. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, remote accelerator has enabled over 1,500 startups from 50+ countries to raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated $9B portfolio. It has three distinct six-month accelerator programs based on company stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A. Its vast network of global investors, strategic partners, and mentors guide companies from team building and prototype development to securing high-profile VC investment, corporate partnerships, and everything in-between.
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Planet | November 16, 2022
Planet Labs PBC, a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technology and satellite data to support African climate adaptation projects. This technology collaboration is in support of Microsoft’s recently-announced first global expansion of its AI for Good Labs into Nairobi, Kenya and Cairo, Egypt and the establishment of a corresponding AI Innovation Council with local partners and nonprofits. Through this program, Africa-based data scientists will have access to Planet satellite imagery from across the African continent to inform projects, as nominated by the AI Innovation Council, that have a specific focus on early warning systems and climate adaptation – the process of adjusting to current or expected effects of climate change.
This initiative marks Planet’s third collaboration with Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab this year. Previous projects include the Global Renewables Watch (GRW) and the kickstart to the partnership – a robust building damage assessment at the outset of the Russo-Ukrainian War.
“Two things that our Planet and Microsoft teams share in common is a very strong bias to action and to do the most good at the best scale. “Once we were able to see how impactful combining AI and satellite data could be, not just technically, but how impactful it can be when in the right hands, we immediately began to think about the complex problems we could go after - humanitarian aid, climate change, food and energy insecurity, etc.”
Andrew Zolli, Chief Impact Officer of Planet
Global Renewables Watch
The pair of companies, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, today announced on Energy Day at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), that interested users can now sign up for private previews of the Global Renewables Watch (GRW), a first-of-its-kind living atlas intended to map and measure all utility-scale solar and wind installations on Earth using artificial intelligence (AI) and satellite imagery, allowing users to evaluate clean energy transition progress and track trends over time.
The GRW team also unveiled the complete mapping of solar and wind installations of Kenya, Brazil and Egypt, joining the renewable energy sites mapped in Germany and India that were announced during GRW’s launch in September 2022. Private preview signup is available at: https://www.globalrenewableswatch.org/
Ukraine Building Damage Assessment
The first collaboration that brought Microsoft and Planet together earlier this year was for the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations, working alongside the UN Operations and Crisis Center (UNOCC) to monitor schools, hospitals and water, sanitation, hygiene and healthcare waste management infrastructure (WASH) across Ukraine to understand who and what had been affected.
The UNOCC supports UN senior leadership in decision-making, situational awareness, risk and crisis management. In response to the invasion of Ukraine and in preparation for future similar situations, the goal was to develop a robust change detection system, harnessing AI and satellite-based technologies, that would bypass inherent traditional damage assessment challenges and support the scale and speed needed for ground teams to respond effectively.
The team surveyed eight Ukrainian oblasts, coupling the UNOCC’s ground reports with Microsoft’s AI and machine learning models on top of Planet’s satellite data, in order to identify and determine if infrastructure was affected or destroyed, and approximate the date on which the damage occurred. From these mapping assessments, the team was then able to determine how many people were affected, by comparing confirmation of the damaged schools or hospitals with the size of the student body or the number of registered patients.
“Prior, for these locations where they were unable to be onsite, the UNOCC did not have documented or reliable evidence of building damage. Through this project, the UN team now has a full account not only of affected infrastructure, but also the displaced and vulnerable populations those buildings served,” said Juan Lavista Ferres, Microsoft VP and Chief Data Scientist. “This is proof of the visible and actionable change that AI and satellite data can deliver to solve complex problems, whether that’s in humanitarian action, sustainability or health.”
Planet Labs PBC is a leading provider of global, daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by a mission to image the world every day, and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites, capturing over 30 TB of data per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to over 800 customers, comprising the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to simply and effectively derive unique value from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit corporation trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL.
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WNS | November 14, 2022
WNS Limited, a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced that it has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in AI and Analytics, and Social Media for CX Services in the ISG Provider Lens™ 2022 Global Contact Center Customer Experience Services report.
WNS’ leadership position in AI and Analytics has been attributed to WNS Triange (the company’s Data, analytics and AI practice); proprietary technology ecosystem and strategic partnerships; and WNS EXPIRIUS, a proprietary framework that enables clients to optimize analytics-driven, intelligent omni-channel conversations with customers.
WNS’ ‘Leader’ position in Social Media CX Services is driven by its robust social media practice capable of handling up to 85 million online conversations at 85 percent accuracy; a comprehensive social media product suite for everything from social listening to advanced analytics; and WNS EXPIRIUS Social, which leverages intelligent automation to deliver heightened customer experience.
“We are delighted to be chosen as ‘Leader’ across Social Media, AI and Analytics for Customer Experience – two areas where WNS has made considerable strategic investments over the past several years. Our robust CX practice is built on a foundation of intelligent analytics, Artificial Intelligence and automation to address the entire customer engagement journey. Our clients leverage WNS’ advanced digital solutions to create unique experiences that drive new revenue streams and deep customer loyalty,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS.
“WNS has leapfrogged into the leader’s quadrant with its improved CX offerings. Responding to the rapidly evolving enterprise needs, WNS is driving investments in technology and frameworks that are more aligned to the current needs of its customers. The company’s meaningful investments in building WNS Triange symbolises value-driven services that help its clients in delivering superior experiences.”
Namratha Dharshan, Director of Research and Principal Analyst, ISG
WNS Triange enables clients from 10+ industries to develop an actionable data strategy and then translate it into action. With a team of 4,000 specialists, WNS Triange powers business transformation through three pillars: Triange Consult, Triange NxT and Triange CoE.
WNS’ proprietary and industry-first Digital Customer Experience (CX) framework, EXPIRIUS, equips businesses to capitalize on analytics-led, intelligent omni-channel customer conversations.
WNS Limited is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 400 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of September 30, 2022, WNS had 57,503 professionals across 60 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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Clarity AI | December 19, 2022
Clarity AI – the leading global sustainability tech platform – announced today that Klarna, the global leader in the generational shift away from credit cards, is using Clarity AI’s data and capabilities to promote environmentally conscious brands to 150 million shoppers.
“We are thrilled to empower over 150 million shoppers with the information they need to make more sustainable choices when they shop. With more than 2 million daily transactions processed by Klarna, this initiative can have a significant collective effect, showcasing the scale and potential that Clarity AI can power and unleash as we make our sustainability metrics accessible to consumers.”
Angel Agudo, Head of Product and member of the Board of Directors of Clarity AI
Sustainability is becoming a major concern for shoppers. Yet, so far, much of the attention in the market has been focused on the fashion industry. In order to shed light on a new category, Klarna will initially feature ways to shop consciously – powered by Clarity AI’s capabilities – to those shopping for electronics across thousands of brands in 22 countries around the world. As a whole, the technology industry is expected to produce around 14% of global emissions by 2040, up from around 3% today. As well as the energy demand from the usage of electronic devices, their production and disposal have a significant environmental impact. Producing these devices equals or exceeds the carbon cost of using them.1
According to the Q3 2022 Klarna Shopping Pulse,2 62% of US shoppers say that sustainability when shopping for electronics is important to them (e.g., that the product is made of more sustainable materials or the brand is taking active steps towards climate change). Also, the study showed that over two-thirds of Americans think it’s important that the brands they buy actively combat climate change and use recycled or sustainable materials in their products, and moreover, 24% of Americans actively seek out brands that are ethical and sustainable.
After consumers make a purchase in the electronics category, new Clarity AI-powered information on the brand’s environmental efforts will be displayed in the form of brand badges, bringing together brand-level sustainability data in one simple overview. This information provides consumers with a simple and reliable way to identify brands that are proactively addressing climate change, helping consumers shop more consciously. The brand badges indicate whether a company has lower greenhouse gas emissions than similar businesses, whether they derive a higher proportion of its energy from renewable sources, has climate change policies and a roadmap to positively impact climate change, and whether or not a company is transparent in its reporting of climate-related information.
“In 2021, Klarna introduced the CO2e emissions tracker, which brought to life one of the largest awareness efforts on carbon footprints ever made. Now, we are taking it one step further by providing Klarna’s more than 150 million shoppers with reliable and transparent metrics for electronics brands, helping shoppers to not only understand the impact of their purchases but also to make more environmentally conscious decisions going forward. Together, Klarna and Clarity AI are empowering consumers to ‘vote with their wallet’ for a more sustainable world,” said Salah Said, Head of Sustainability at Klarna. “We were looking for a partner that not only provides clear and independent data, but also offers a seamless technical integration. As a digital-native tech company, Clarity AI was a natural choice for us. We speak the same language; it’s a great match.”
About Clarity AI
=Clarity AI is a sustainability technology platform that uses machine learning and big data to deliver environmental and social insights to investors, organizations, and consumers. As of November 2022, Clarity AI’s platform analyzes more than 50,000 companies, 320,000 funds, 198 countries and 188 local governments – two to thirteen times more than any other player in the market – and delivers data and analytics for investing, consumer research, corporate research and reporting for sustainability regulations worldwide. Clarity AI has offices in North America, Europe and the Middle East, and its investor client network manages tens of trillions in assets under management, while its consumer partnerships allow it to be part of millions of daily ecommerce transactions and to reach hundreds of millions of consumers at over 400,000 merchants.
Since 2005 Klarna has been on a mission to revolutionize the retail banking industry. With over 150 million global active users and 2 million transactions per day, Klarna is meeting the changing demands of consumers by saving them time and money while helping them be informed and in control. Over 450,000 global retail partners, including H&M, Saks, Sephora, Macys, IKEA, Expedia Group, and Nike have integrated Klarna's innovative technology to deliver a seamless shopping experience online and in-store. Klarna has over 6,000 employees and is active in 45 markets.