Berkeley, CA - May 3, 2017
Bonsai, provider of an AI platform that empowers enterprises to build and deploy intelligent systems, today announced that it has raised $7.6 million as an extension to its recent A round of funding, bringing the total amount raised to date to $13.6 million. Microsoft Ventures and existing investor NEA co-led the investment with participation from strategic investors ABB Technology Ventures, Samsung NEXT and Siemens.
This additional investment will be used for continued product innovation and accelerated customer engagement. Highlighting this focus, Bonsai today introduced the Bonsai Early Access Program: https://bons.ai/blog/bonsai-artificial-intelligence-in-enterprises. This new customer program works with enterprises in industries such as robotics, manufacturing, retail, logistics and energy to jointly design, build and deploy AI models using the Bonsai Platform.
Bringing together expertise in neuroscience and developer platforms, Bonsai was founded in 2014 by Mark Hammond and Keen Browne with the vision of making intelligence a core component of every hardware and software application. Recognizing the shortage of data science talent capable of building sophisticated AI models, they developed a platform that abstracts away the complexity of libraries like TensorFlow, making the programming and management of AI models more accessible to developers and enterprises. Bonsai has been recognized as an MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase finalist, one of CB Insights AI 100 and a Strata+Hadoop World Startup Showcase winner.
“The Bonsai Platform uniquely harnesses the power of complex machine learning libraries and algorithms in a way that is accessible to enterprises,” said Mark Hammond, co-founder and CEO of Bonsai. “With the strategic funding announced today, and the early interest we are seeing in the market, we are excited to accelerate the innovations, engagement and solutions development work required for our customers to realize the significant impact AI can deliver to their business.”
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