[ AI Startup Landscape 2019 ]

The 214 most promising AI startups working across enterprise functions, enterprise intelligence, AI tech stack and industries.

Motivation

 

Andrew Ng, one of the most renowned AI researchers, says that “AI is the new electricity.” One can only imagine what impact AI will have on our daily lives ten years from now. As general purpose technology, AI has an unlimited number of applications – many of which have the potential to augment human capabilities, vastly improve the quality of products and services, make processes more efficient and environmentally friendly, and ultimately free us from many cumbersome tasks.

Currently, the US and China are leading in the adoption of AI, so it’s no surprise that the majority of the 100 best AI startups in the world are American or Chinese (see CB Insights AI 100 list). Although Germany is one of the world’s powerhouses of industry, with a particularly strong network of SMEs, it is underrepresented in the number of top AI startups. In 2018, not a single German AI startup made the cut, and in 2019 just one Berlin-based startup (Twenty Billion Neurons) made it to the AI 100 list.

This is alarming because startups reflect the innovative power of a country, and Germany has to do much more to avoid falling behind. As Alan Kay said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

That is why appliedAI – with the help of our +40 partners from academia, government and industry – set out to create an ecosystem in which AI startups can flourish and help shape the future of AI for the benefit of society. We support German AI startups by helping to identify pilot customers, access data, find talent, and select hardware resources.

Together with our contributors, technology companies NVIDIA and Google, as well as six leading Venture Capital companies (Digital+ Partners, Earlybird Capital, High-Tech Gründerfonds, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Lakestar, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners), we screened more than 1000 startups to find the best AI startups in Germany. The 214 AI startups that stood out are displayed in the landscape below.

Read the Handelsblatt article about the AI Startup Landscape here.

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Methodology 

The AI startups included in the landscape are private companies founded after 2009, with headquarters or significant development activity in Germany. They have machine learning (ML) at their core or exhibit a significant usage of ML. The selection process can be summarized as follows:

  • The startups are gathered from different public (e.g. Crunchbase, LinkedIn) and private (VC network) sources  to create an extensive longlist.
  • The startups are evaluated based on: data, talent, AI methods, scalability, overall quality and subsequently clustered (see clustering logic).
  • The startups are initially rated (‘valid’, ‘upcoming’, ‘longlist’, and ‘discarded’) by our AI Engineers and Strategists to create a shortlist.
  • The shortlist is independently evaluated and rated by our contributors (jury) (Digital+ Partners, Earlybird Capital, Google, High-Tech Gründerfonds, HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Lakestar, NVIDIA, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners). The feedback is synthesized and the final result is visualized.

CLUSTERING LOGIC 

The clustering logic is based on Shivon Zilis’ landscape of machine intelligence. It is developed from the point-of-view of companies that want to use AI in their businesses:

  • Enterprise Functions: Increasing productivity of existing tasks – Support your employees with ready-to-use, AI-enabled tools supporting their day-to-day work to increase productivity.
  • Enterprise Intelligence: Exploiting new data sources – Tap into new insights that were previously too difficult or expensive to be gained through conventional methods.
  • AI Technology Stack: Building products with ML: Give developers the tools that they need to build and leverage machine learning software to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Industries: Leveraging AI-first products: Use and cooperate with startups using machine learning to offer industry-related products and services.

Facts and figures

Location

The concentration of AI startups in Berlin and Munich is relatively high, while the rest of Germany remains very low. 40.2% (2018: 38.6%) of AI startups are Berlin-based. Munich has 26.6% (2018: 23.5%) of AI startups, followed by Karlsruhe with 4.2% (2018: 4,5%). Only cities with 2 or more startups are displayed.

Funding

Since 2009, the AI startups displayed have collected $1.2 billion in total funding. Munich has 34% fewer AI startups than Berlin, but its startups collected 24% more funding (Munich $359m vs Berlin $290m). Average funding per startup in Munich is also almost twice (factor 1.8) the average in Berlin (Munich: $6.37m vs $3.41m). Hamburg (Kreditech: $437m total funding) is considered an outlier. Only cities with more than $1m total funding are displayed. 

 

Sector

The majority of startups (44.9%) operate across industries (see clusters ‘Enterprise Function’, ‘Enterprise Intelligence’, and ‘AI Technology Stack’).  The three industry sectors with the most AI startups are: Transport & mobility (9.3%), healthcare & pharma (7.0%),  and manufacturing (6.1%). 

Landscape explained

Enterprise Function

Startups in this category provide different AI solutions for specific company functions such as Customer Support, Sales & Marketing, HR etc. Most of the products aim to make humans working in these fields more productive.

Customer Support

Using technologies like natural language processing (NLP), startups in this category try to improve customer service e.g. via automating parts of the customer interaction via chatbots.

Sales & Marketing

Startups in Sales and Marketing use, for instance, NLP and computer vision (CV) to e.g. optimize marketing campaigns, generate better user experiences or support content creation.

Finance & Accounting

Startups in Finance & Accounting often leverage natural language processing and computer vision, to automate accounting tasks. An example would be an app that facilitates “Fotoüberweisung”.

IT & Security

In IT & Security startups focus on problems such as fraud detection and prevention via AI, as well as physical security e.g. via smart surveillance cameras.

Legal

Startups leverage NLP to e.g. check contracts for abnormal clauses. 

HR

In Human Resources, startups use, for example, natural language processing to match applicants with job recquirements.

Enterprise Intelligence

Startups in Enterprise Intelligence use machine learning to exploit new data sources within companies.

Visual

Startups in this category focus on computer vision via machine learning (e.g. object recognition, face recognition, video analysis, gesture recognition).

Audio

Startups in this category focus on analyzing audio material and products revolving around natural language processing algorithms.

Sensor

Startups in this category enable analysis of sensor data for different use cases.

Internal Data

Startups in this category focus on predictive analytics, process mining and by that supporting business intelligence.

Market

Startups in this category leverage AI to derive insights from market data, for instance, automated patent analysis.

Text

In the Text category startups using e.g. natural language processing, they provide solutions for content and knowledge discovery or data extraction and analysis.

AI Technology Stack

AI Technology Stack startups enable the development of machine learning products. 

Natural Language

As the name suggests, those startups provide natural language processing tools.

Development

These startups offer platforms/products for data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning development.

Data Capture

Startups in this category are focusing on data annotation and preparation to enable supervised machine learning applications.

Privacy

Startups in this category use AI to enable privacy protection.

Hardware

In this category, startups are creating hardware specifically for AI-applications.

Industries

In the “Industry” cluster, startups with a particular focus on one industry are listed. 

Finance

In the Finance category, startups providing AI-enabled finance solutions.

Health & Pharma

In the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals category startups provide different kinds of solutions for consumers, physicians or hospitals.

Manufacturing

In the Manufacturing category startups e.g. provide AI robotic solutions to make production processes more efficient.

Agriculture

In the Agriculture category startups e.g. provide crop monitoring.

Retail & Commerce

In the Retail & Commerce category startups are offering different products and services for retailers and consumers.

Transportation & Mobility

Startups in this category provide AI mobility solutions for the automotive industry.

Logistics

In the Logistics category, startups provide logistics solutions fueled by AI.

Autonomous Systems

In the Autonomous Systems, startups provide solutions for autonomous systems in automotive, aerospace and robotics.

Consulting

In the Consulting category, AI consulting startups are listed that expressed the aim to develop AI products as well.

Other

In the Other category we listed AI startups that did not fit any of the above categories. They provide a wide range of AI products, ranging from e-sports to construction.

STARTUP DATA & PERMISSION TO REUSE

The following table lists the 214 startups selected for the AI Startup landscape 2019. To make it easy to discuss the results of this landscape, you can always refer to the static version. We believe that sharing this information is our obligation. Using this landscape as part of a presentation, talk, or project is allowed and encouraged as long as you always use the visual representation and reference us appropriately. Changes to our landscape have to be marked as your own changes. The content of this insight is published under CC-BY 4.0.

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2txt.deCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
3dvisionlabs.comCross-IndustryVisual
5analytics.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
20bn.comRetail & Commerce
aaron.aiCross-IndustryAudio
ablacon.comHealthcare & Pharma
acellere.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
ada.comHealthcare & Pharma
adbonitas.comCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
aipark.ioTransport & Mobility
aircloak.comCross-IndustryPrivacy
aiserve.coHealthcare & Pharma
aisight.deManufacturing
alexjacobi.aiCross-IndustryAudio
apic.aiAgriculture
apostera.comTransport & Mobility
arculus.deManufacturing
artiminds.comManufacturing
artisense.aiTransport & Mobility
askby.aiConsulting
atlatec.deTransport & Mobility
audatic.aiHealthcare & Pharma
audeering.comCross-IndustryAudio
automotive-ai.comAutonomous Systems
ava.infoCross-IndustryIT & Security
blackout.aiCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
bleenco.comConsulting
blickfeld.comCross-IndustryHardware
botconnect.aiCross-IndustryCustomer Support
bragi.comOther
brighter.aiCross-IndustryVisual
buildingradar.comOther
bunch.aiCross-IndustryHR
candis.ioCross-IndustryFinance & Accounting
CanoticCross-IndustryDevelopment
cargonexx.comLogistics
cellmatiq.comHealthcare & Pharma
celonis.comCross-IndustryInternal Data
cleanride.ioTransport & Mobility
cobrainer.comCross-IndustryInternal Data
code-intelligence.comCross-IndustryIT & Security
codepan.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
codetrails.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
cognigy.comCross-IndustryCustomer Support
computomics.comAgriculture
comtravo.comTransport & Mobility
contiamo.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
contunity.euCross-IndustryHardware
creaidai.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
creative.aiCross-IndustryDevelopment
crossengage.ioCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
curiosity.aiCross-IndustryText
dedrone.comCross-IndustryIT & Security
deepl.comCross-IndustryText
deeplyapp.deCross-IndustryVisual
deepset.aiConsulting
deepva.comOther
deevio.aiCross-IndustryVisual
develandoo.comOther
dida.doConsulting
digitty.ioOther
dojomadness.comOther
door2door.ioTransport & Mobility
e-bot7.comCross-IndustryCustomer Support
enway.aiAutonomous Systems
esrlabs.comTransport & Mobility
evana.deCross-IndustryText
explosion.aiCross-IndustryNatural Language
eyequant.comCross-IndustryVisual
fileee.comCross-IndustryText
fineway.aiTransport & Mobility
firamis.deFinance & Insurance
foodtracks.deRetail & Commerce
franka.deManufacturing
fraugster.comCross-IndustryIT & Security
free-machines.comRetail & Commerce
geospin.deCross-IndustryMarket Data
germanautolabs.comTransport & Mobility
gestalt-robotics.comConsulting
gini.netCross-IndustryText
gohidoc.comHealthcare & Pharma
gpredictive.deCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
gridscale.ioCross-IndustryDevelopment
ground-truth-robotics.deAutonomous Systems
hawkai.techFinance & Insurance
hellsicht.aiConsulting
hofmannstirner.deManufacturing
hypatos.aiCross-IndustryText
hyperganic.comManufacturing
i2x.aiCross-IndustryCustomer Support
idnow.ioCross-IndustryVisual
imfusion.comHealthcare & Pharma
inkitt.comMedia & Publishing
innocow.deAgriculture
innoplexus.comHealthcare & Pharma
inspirient.comCross-IndustryInternal Data
iplytics.comCross-IndustryMarket Data
jobpal.aiCross-IndustryHR
kauz.netCross-IndustryCustomer Support
keeeb.comCross-IndustryInternal Data
ki-elements.deHealthcare & Pharma
kiprotect.comCross-IndustryPrivacy
konux.comTransport & Mobility
kopernikusauto.comAutonomous Systems
kreatize.comManufacturing
kreditech.comFinance & Insurance
lana-labs.comCross-IndustryInternal Data
laralab.deHealthcare & Pharma
lateral.ioCross-IndustryText
layer7.aiConsulting
lengoo.comCross-IndustryText
leverton.aiCross-IndustryText
lilium.comTransport & Mobility
logarithmo.deOther
luminovo.aiConsulting
magazino.euAutonomous Systems
maiot.ioCross-IndustrySensor
mediaire.deHealthcare & Pharma
melodrive.comOther
merantix.comOther
mercury.aiCross-IndustryCustomer Support
metoda.comRetail & Commerce
metris.ioConsulting
micropsi-industries.comManufacturing
mindmatch.aiCross-IndustryHR
ml6.euConsulting
moberries.comCross-IndustryHR
mobius.mlCross-IndustryVisual
naventik.deTransport & Mobility
navvis.comCross-IndustryVisual
nyris.ioRetail & Commerce
omnius.comFinance & Insurance
onelogic.deConsulting
orbem.aiAgriculture
ororatech.comOther
othoz.comFinance & Insurance
pairfinance.comFinance & Insurance
parkling.euTransport & Mobility
parlamind.comCross-IndustryCustomer Support
phantasma.globalAutonomous Systems
picalike.comRetail & Commerce
picsure.aiFinance & Insurance
plantix.netAgriculture
pointcloudtechnology.comOther
precire.comCross-IndustryAudio
presize.aiRetail & Commerce
pricefx.euCross-IndustryInternal Data
pupil-labs.comOther
pyoneer.ioCross-IndustryText
rasa.comCross-IndustryNatural Language
Raypack.aiCross-IndustryVisual
recogni.comTransport & Mobility
ree.technologyAutonomous Systems
renumics.comManufacturing
repon.ioCross-IndustryData Capture
retest.deCross-IndustryDevelopment
retorio.comCross-IndustryHR
rfrnz.comCross-IndustryLegal
riskmethods.netCross-IndustryMarket Data
robominds.deManufacturing
robotise.euAutonomous Systems
sapphireai.comConsulting
scoutbee.comCross-IndustryMarket Data
seerene.comCross-IndustryDevelopment
semalytix.comHealthcare & Pharma
sensape.comCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
sigratech.deTransport & Mobility
silexica.comAutonomous Systems
simplaex.comCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
skylab.globalAgriculture
smart-radiology.comHealthcare & Pharma
so1.aiRetail & Commerce
soccerwatch.tvOther
socialsweethearts.deMedia & Publishing
solandeo.comOther
solvemate.comCross-IndustryCustomer Support
statice.aiCross-IndustryPrivacy
styla.comCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
swarms.comCross-IndustryData Capture
synaos.comLogistics
targenomix.comAgriculture
targomo.comOther
tawny.aiCross-IndustryVisual
taxy.ioCross-IndustryFinance & Accounting
teraki.comTransport & Mobility
terraloupe.comCross-IndustryVisual
toposens.comCross-IndustryHardware
truphysics.comManufacturing
trydonut.comFinance & Insurance
twaice.comOther
twyla.aiCross-IndustryCustomer Support
ubermetrics-technologies.comCross-IndustrySales & Marketing
umi.systemsTransport & Mobility
understand.aiCross-IndustryData Capture
ux3d.ioCross-IndustryDevelopment
verne-ai.comCross-IndustryText
vins3d.deAgriculture
virtualq.ioCross-IndustryCustomer Support
vision-impulse.comCross-IndustryVisual
visualix.comOther
voixen.aiCross-IndustryCustomer Support
voya.aiTransport & Mobility
vr-now.orgOther
wandelbots.comManufacturing
wearefaer.comRetail & Commerce
x24factory.comRetail & Commerce
xain-group.comTransport & Mobility
xbird.ioHealthcare & Pharma
xccelo.comCross-IndustryIT & Security
yukkalab.comFinance & Insurance
zana.comHealthcare & Pharma
zeitgold.comCross-IndustryFinance & Accounting
zolitron.comCross-IndustrySensor
zyse.meRetail & Commerce

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