[Outstanding AI Startups]

A comprehensive overview of the best German AI startups

Why

Our Motivation

At appliedAI we aim to advance the whole ecosystem. Growing and supporting startups and companies, especially in the German and EU AI sector is one way for us to do so. When searching for a startup to cooperate with however companies often face a harsh roadblock: Which startup should I bet on? How do minimize my risk in the cooperation?

To answer this question a simple solution is to look at the most important incubators and accelerators in the AI space. While a variety of incubators and accelerators are active in Germany, not a single source of trust for high-quality AI-Startups has emerged, making the search for collaboration partners much harder. Many of the German AI-Startups with strong products continue to be overlooked globally even though their remarkable technology has the potential to influence whole industries. With our former work (see the startup-landscape) we have already taken a comprehensive look at the overall German AI-Startup sector and are therefore in the position to name the particularly well-performing startups. The “Outstanding AI Startups” by appliedAI are startups we select based on their products, team-composition, technical approach, and other factors.

The “Outstanding AI Startups” are promising, quickly growing, deep-expertise startups appliedAI puts its faith in.

WHO

Outstanding Startups

BrighterAI
UnderstandAI
i2x
twenty billion neurons
Micropsi

Brighter AI TECHNOLOGIES

Brighter AI Technologies

appliedAI about BrighterAI
“BrighterAI offers enhancement of videos and images via state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. From removing fog and rain to unpixelating car license plates and faces towards automated anonymization of camera streams (GDPR compliant) for e.g. the automotive industry – the team of BrighterAI builds advanced software technology in order to become the go-to platform for visual solutions. Their clear focus and deep tech skills paired with positive customer feedback convinced us to support BrighterAI as one of Germany’s top AI startups.“

Key Facts

Cluster / Category
Enterprise Intelligence / Visual
Tags
Artificial intelligence, Deep learning, B2B, Data privacy, Advanced driver-assistance systems, Automotive, Security, GDPR, Camera Sensor, Anonymization

Location (HQ)
Berlin, Germany
Founding Year
2017
Founders
Asaf Birnhack, Marian Gläser, Patrick Kern

Description

Brighter, an AI startup headquartered in Berlin Germany, was founded in June 2017. Brighter aims to redefine the limits of billions of existing and upcoming cameras with the help of artificial intelligence. At Brigher, deep neural networks are deployed for visual enhancement and anonymization. Based on its patent pending technology – Brighter reconstructs images like never seen before, enabling humans and machines to better understand and take more precise decisions. Brighter anonymizes visual data in a privacy and data analytics compliant way, which enables companies to generate value from collected data which was impossible before.

We are looking for
  • Pilot Partners for our Deep Natural Anonymization solution
  • PoC Partners for our Vision enhancement solutions
  • Talented Deep Learning engineers
Contact

Asaf Birnhack

CMO / Co-Founder
asaf@brighter.ai
+49 (0) 157 7058 1296

UNDERSTAND.AI

understand.ai

appliedAI about understand.ai
“As most machine learning uses supervised learning and requires therefore a lot of labeled data, understand.ai contributes to tackle a ground problem of machine learning. They offer a valuable solution for labeling vast amounts of data, while staying GDPR compliant. Understand.ai focusses on mobility companies and tailor their solution to enable autonomous vehicles. Their solid understanding of AI enables the team young and dynamic team to provide high quality solution. Their outstanding solution for labeling data and the talented team making understand.ai one of Germany’s best AI startup.“

Key Facts

Cluster / Category
AI Technology Stack / Data Capture
Tags
autonomousdriving, selfdriving, trainingdata, validationdata, machinelearning, deeplearning, mobility

Location (HQ)
Karlsruhe, Germany
Founding Year
2016
Founders
Philip Kessler, Marc Mengler
Total Funding Amount
$ 2.8m (2018)

Description

understand.ai provides high-quality training and validation data to enable mobility companies to develop with confidence computer vision and machine learning models that reliably and safely power autonomous vehicles. Our advanced capabilities include segmentation and bounding box annotations for LiDAR and video, with specific meta-attributes and instance IDs for object tracking. By applying specialized AI technology and continuous quality improvement to accurately and quickly annotate millions of images, we accelerate production of the ground-truth required to make autonomous driving a reality. The new data protection regulations is creating significant challenges for mobility companies to collect street scene data to train their models. Therefore we recently extended our portfolio to meet this challenge and support our customers. Our team at understand.ai developed a tool, called the Identity Protection Anonymizer to automatically blur faces and license plates. Our mission is to push the boundaries of technology to advance the state of autonomous driving. Creating new modes of mobility and accelerating the production of self-driving cars inspires us everyday. understand.ai is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany and has offices in Berlin and San Francisco. Our engineers have relevant experience gained at innovative companies such as BMW, Google, Mercedes-Benz.

We are looking for
  • Talents (click here for vacant positions)
  • Mentors
Contact

Marc Mengler

CEO / Co-Founder
marc@understand.ai
+49 (0) 1520 2837 344

I2X

i2x

appliedAI about i2x
“i2x’s innovative product allows to train sales and support teams on the spot, using machine learning and natural language processing. They use AI in order to augment human capabilities and to make the sales-funnel more efficient. i2x’s CEO Michael Brehm is a serial entrepreneur, (e.g. ex CEO of StudiVZ) who developed this product together with sales teams he ran in order to cope with sales challenges they faced first-hand. The combination of entrepreneurial experience and an outstanding AI product makes i2x one of the most promising German AI startups.“

Key Facts

Cluster / Category
Enterprise Functions / Customer Support
Tags
Speech analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Sales Optimization, Customer Success, Real-Time Voice Analytics, Tech

Location (HQ)
Berlin, Germany
Founding Year
2017
Founders
Michael Brehm
Funding
$ 5,0m (2018)

Description

In a world of digitization and work automation, the majority of both, blue and white collar workers, needs to upskill themselves to remain relevant. At i2x, we believe in the power of machine learning, but we also believe in humans. This is why, our vision is to enable people to stay ahead of computers and use technology to their advantage. We believe that the human should be augmented through AI. i2x uses machine learning to change the way people are trained in companies and institutions. Our software improves the user’s verbal communication skills. We accomplish our mission by continuously providing micro-trainings and giving instant feedback to users who are interacting with a variety of stakeholders on the phone. The training is automated yet personalized and comes on the job. Users acquire a new set of skills that allows them to communicate more effectively and qualifies them for jobs that can hardly be automated. On the other side, i2x also helps companies to ensure a high quality across all customer interactions. In addition, i2x structures call data and detects best practice patterns through machine learning. Our software does not only provide more transparency for companies and generates an analyzable database for call data. Steering a larger sales or customer support team can be challenging, therefore i2x helps managers to identify what works and enforce proven best practices. The result is a flawless and pleasant interaction on the phone with every customer.

We are looking for
  • Talents (click here for vacant positions)
Contact

Michael Brehm

CEO / Founder
michael@i2x.ai
+49 (0) 172 8135136

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TWENTY BILION NEURONS

Twenty Billion Neurons

appliedAI about Twenty Billion Neurons
TwentyBN’s deep learning technology can analyze videos and extract meaning in real-time. Their extensive background in deep learning research (each founder has over 15 years of experience) and their smart leveraging of synthesized and real-world data set the benchmark for visual understanding. Funding of more than $ 2.5m from US-investors and Yoshua Bengio (world wide renown expert in deep learning) as their advisor underline their mission to “teach machines to perceive the world like humans” and we believe TwentyBN is one of Germany’s top AI startups.

Key Facts

Cluster / Category
Enterprise Intelligence / Visual
Tags
Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Natural Scene Understanding, Gesture Recognition, Human Action Recognition

Location (HQ)
Berlin, Germany
Founding Year
2015
Founders
Roland Memisevic, Dr. Christian Thurau,
Dr. Ingo Bax
Total Funding Amount
$ 2.5m (2016)

Description

Founded in 2015, TwentyBN is an AI brain company with the mission of instilling common sense into computers through video understanding and of turning inanimate devices into human eyes.
While cameras today can capture any scene that unfolds in front of them, they don’t understand what they are seeing. Like eyes disconnected from intelligence, cameras cannot even comprehend the basic facts about the real physical world. Using a unique crowd-actingTM platform, on which humans can demonstrate the world to machines, we train machine learning systems to understand and act upon visual input, and build data-driven smart camera solutions.
We work with clients in industries like smart home, manufacturing and automotive to deliver activity monitoring and human-machine interaction solutions that run in real-time at the edge. Our team numbers 22 between Berlin and Toronto.
For more information, please visit https://20bn.com

We are looking for
  • AI researchers
  • AI engineers
  • Software engineers
    (Click here for vacant positions in Berlin an Toronto)
Contact

© Max Threlfall

Dr. Christian Thurau

Chief Solutions Architect /
Co-Founder

berlin@twentybn.com
+49 (0) 30 55 64 38 80

MICROPSI INDUSTRIES

micropsi industries

appliedAI about micros industries
Easily programmable and collaborative robots will shape various industries of tomorrow. micropsi industries is providing an AI solution that makes it possible for anybody to train a robot to solve complex motion tasks, without the hassle of writing extensive lines of code. Their solution was featured at Automatica and we are convinced that they will play a significant role in the robotics space. Especially the combination of an easy programmable end-to-end solution and their advanced technology makes micropsi industries one of the best German AI startups.

Key Facts

Cluster / Category
Industries / Manufacturing
Tags
Machine Learning, Robotics, Industrial Automation, Software

Location (HQ)
Berlin, Germany
Founding Year
2014
Founders
Ulrik Deichsel, Dominik Welland, Ronnie VuinePriska HergerJoscha Bach
Total Funding Amount
$ 3.4m (2017)

Description

micropsi industries GmbH is building cognitive machines: We’re providing high-end machine learning solutions for robotics and process control. AI is about to disrupt the robotics and automation industry – fields that so far have relied on old software technologies, based on simple programming. Today’s industrial robots can only perform basic movements along pre-defined paths. micropsi industries is working to make true AI-based, real-time robot control a reality, allowing robots to execute complicated movements in changing conditions. We like to compare it to giving robots hands-eye-coordination.

We are looking for
  • Talents (click here for vacant positions)
    Currently we are looking for a Technical Product Manager
Contact

Ulrik Deichsel

VP Sales & Marketing /
Co-Founder
contact@micropsi-industries.com
+49 (0) 30 5557 1929

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