Building leapfrog AI companies for the next 6 billion.
AI is the next big wave
AI will completely redefine our society and businesses, adding $16 tn of new economic value globally by 2035. Companies having AI at their core will be the dominant companies for tomorrow. Tomorrow's car company is going to be an autonomous car company, tomorrows hospitals may not look like the ones today. Further, AI driven cars built in Silicon Valley will not work in India, given a very different environment, however autonomous cars built in India can work in Silicon Valley. To build robust AI that will work everywhere, India might be the best place. We call it AI for next 6 billion people.
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The Foundry Model
AI Foundry provides capital, data, talent, domain expertise and research support - to translate potential and create the AI companies of tomorrow.
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We facilitate access to the data needed to make truly successful AI technology
The finest talent in research, tech, design, product, business functions come together through unique & varied modes of engagement to create new products
We engage with companies and governments to bring in domain specific expertise to guide the applied side of AI.
Tapping into the research from the best universities and research labs across the world.
HOW IT WORKS
Ideate & Research
Product to market
SOME IDEAS BREWING AT THE FOUNDRY
Micro credit for workers in the gig economy
Learning, re-imagined for the AI future
Fighting the menace of fake news
A social network that's actually good for you
THE PIONEERS IN ACTION
Co - Founder
Before co-founding Chapter.ai & AI foundry, Umakant co-founded piVentures, a $35m early stage fund for AI (India’s first & only AI focused fund), investing in leading AI companies in India (Sigtuple, Niramai, Ten3THealth, Zenatix, Locus.sh & others). He has spent more than 10 years in AI space (Founded India’s first AI bot startup in '09) as an entrepreneur, strategy thinker and investor in enterprise, healthcare & logistics. Ex-Director India for Science Inc., he spent time in strategy and innovation roles at Wipro Ltd., one of the leading IT Services companies. IIT Kanpur Alum. Abstract painter in his spare time.
Co - Founder
Neeraj Gupta was one of the early contributors to Torch, the deep learning framework, back in the days when neural nets used to work only on super-compute. He founded FormulateIP, based in India and Canada with focus on helping AI businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning. He also co-founded Excubator, one of the leading startup incubators in Bangalore. He is the Governing Council Member at IIT Alumni Centre Bengaluru, IITACB. Masters in Mathematics from KTH, Stockholm with a Minor in Machine Learning. Alumnus of IIT Roorkee.
Co - Founder
Pulkit is a academic and an entrepreneur focused on working in common sense AI, one of the next big evolutions in AI. He is Asst. Professor at MIT CSAIL & Co-founder of SafelyYou Inc, which is applying computer vision to prevent falls in elder care homes. His research focuses on curiosity driven machines & common sense problem in Robots. He has a PhD from BAIR (Berkeley AI Research) and Bachelors from IIT Kanpur. He was awarded the Director’s Gold Medal for best all round achievement and leadership at IIT Kanpur and is excited by the quest for singularity. He is also an accomplished musician.
Bal Krishn Birla
Bal Krishna Birla is a serial entrepreneur in retail and content areas. He was the CTO of Asklaila, one of the first classified sites in India. He also was also the co-founder and CEO of ZopNow, one of the early entrants into the grocery e-commerce space. He also runs an initiative to fight fake news called Check4spam. He has built a large volunteer (5 lakh+) driven community called”Bhoole Bisre Geet”. His core area of expertise is technology, SEO & digital marketing and product. He is alumnus of IIT Kanpur (Comp.Sc.).
Co - Founder, COO & Head of Business
Subhashis is an investment banker and has previously worked for Standard Chartered Bank Real Estate Private Equity Fund, Tata Housing Development Company, Sequoia Capital, Tishman Speyer Private Equity Fund. He has worked and lived in most major cities of India and understands the real estate dynamics of those cities well. The list includes Mumbai, Bangalore, NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. Has been deeply involved in deals for both the residential market and office market as an investment banker. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta.
Rohit Rathi shouldered the responsibility of technology and product development for Smartron, one of the most innovative mobile phone companies out of India. He spearheaded advanced R&D, innovation and IP creation in the areas of smart, sensors, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud and big data technologies. In the past, he has been Founder-Director and CTO of Notion Ink and pioneered the effort to make the country’s first tablet device. Prior to that, he worked with Xilinx-India in 2008-2009. Mr. Rathi is an IIT Kharagpur graduate and likes to think about design deeply.
Ram Ganesan is a CA and CPA of USA and has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, project funding, venture capital, governance, legal and audit, profit-center management, driving business strategies and more in leading companies in the Indian industry. He has also been an entrepreneur for over 10 years in Health care BPO, Corporate training, and Education. He has previously served as CFO of Opinio, a logistics technology venture, Health Office and Indal Hydro Ltd. He is an adventurous & brutally honest person whose inquisitive mind leads him into deep explorations of the universe. Other interests include cooking, tennis, reading and tourism.