Boost.ai secures USD 5 mill. Series A investment from Alliance Venture
Boost AI AS, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the Nordics, closes funding for international expansion with leading VC firm, Alliance Venture.
Stavanger – 10 February 2018:
Boost AI AS, provider of the world’s most robust virtual assistant platform, announced today the closing of a new round of financing from Alliance Venture.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the company remains firmly in the hands of the founders and employees who retain ownership of more than two thirds of the company.
Boost.ai has developed the world’s most robust natural language processing (NLP) algorithms. These algorithms enable virtual assistants built on the James® platform to respond to customer enquiries quickly, efficiently and with unrivaled accuracy.
The financing will be used to strengthen the technical and commercial teams within boost.ai, and to support expansion beyond the Nordics.
Boost.ai was incorporated in May 2016, and secured its first customer in December of the same year. Since then, boost.ai has secured deals with 40 more organizations, including leading Nordic companies such as Telenor, Nordea, Sparebank1, the Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management, Santander and Storebrand. The team has grown from 6 to nearly 50 members of staff in the same period.
“The investment comes at a very exciting time for boost.ai and will enable us to expand internationally, and at greater pace. After acquiring several major clients in recent months, we have identified several areas in which to strengthen our operations, helping us to meet the demands of our rapidly growing customer base. It will also enable us to continue our cutting-edge research on natural language processing.”
Johan Gjesdahl, Partner at Alliance Venture, said: “Lars and his team have developed a superior virtual assistant in the James® platform, combined with an impressive ability to deliver their product to exacting customers. Our diligence calls confirm this - it is seldom we see such strong customer satisfaction with both a product and the team that delivers it. We are very happy to back such an exceptional team and are looking forward to help growing boost.ai outside the Nordics.”
About Boost AI AS
Boost.ai is a Norwegian software company that specializes in artificial intelligence (AI), building virtual assistants for enterprise.
The company was founded in 2016 by Lars Ropeid Selsås, Henry Vaage Iversen and Hadle Ropeid Selsås.
Boost.ai has developed James®; a market-leading platform for virtual assistants. Over 40 major companies and organizations - among them many of the biggest banks in Scandinavia - currently employ a virtual assistant that was built on the James® platform.
Thanks to the James® platform’s market-leading natural language processing (NLP) algorithms, the virtual assistants understand what users are asking about, even if they use slang, dialects or have made spelling mistakes. boost.ai constantly researches and develops cutting edge features and improves its unique algorithms to ensure that their virtual assistants remain the most robust in the world.
Together with its partners, boost.ai delivers virtual assistants to companies and organizations that are ready to adopt the next generation of customer service. Boost.ai is leading the charge for worldwide virtual assistants and will always push the boundaries of what is possible for the digital employees of the future.
Boost.ai is currently recruiting to a number of exciting posts including a Fullstack Software Engineer, Python Software Engineer, and a Data Scientist (NLP expert).
About Alliance Venture AS
Alliance Venture is a Norwegian venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies at the seed and series-A stage. Founded in 2001, Alliance Venture currently has €100 million under management, predominantly invested in SaaS companies. With offices in Oslo and Silicon Valley, Alliance Venture invests in excellent teams, contributing to their international expansion.