London headquartered InstaDeep, an Enterprise AI startup has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by PE firm AfricInvest and Endeavor Catalyst, a New York-based co-investment fund under Endeavor.
The firm will use the funding to empower enterprises with better decision-making using Artificial Intelligence via its product-driven platform. The firm, leveraging deep reinforcement learning and other advanced machine learning technologies, brings AI to applications within an enterprise environment, allowing companies to optimise decisions and improve efficiency.
“Through our own cutting-edge research, we have developed a platform that goes beyond what we have seen in AI applications in the past. It can tackle challenging optimisation and automation challenges in dynamic and complex environments such as, but not limited to, mobility, logistics, manufacturing and energy. We already see that our product is providing real value and ROI for our clients”, says Co-Founder and CEO of InstaDeep, Karim Beguir.
Founded in Tunisia as a bootstrap in 2014, the AfricInvest investment will help InstaDeep to continue bringing advanced AI opportunities to Africa.
“We want to grow an African AI success story and are on a mission to democratise Machine Learning in Africa. By partnering with AfricInvest, we can leverage their operational expertise and strong business knowledge on the continent, and together accelerate talent and positive use of AI”, says Beguir.
Through its investments, AfricInvest expects to meaningfully contribute to this development.
“InstaDeep has managed to establish an excellent reputation for delivering solid and unique AI solutions, and we are excited to see what they can deliver next with the support from AfricInvest. We believe the company has a bright future ahead and could lead the development of the AI sector throughout the continent and beyond” says Khaled Ben Jilani, Senior Partner at AfricInvest.
AfricInvest will draw on its African business expertise to support InstaDeep’s research and development, and also their talent development program.