Also, startups offering AI-powered tools for surgeons, cybersecurity for machine learning models and high-quality mobile videos

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

July 31, 2023

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Google is looking to support Indian AI startups

Google is seeking new Indian startups for its Startups Accelerator program.

The search giant is offering a three-month, equity-free accelerator program for Indian technology startups up to series A.

Participants will receive mentorship, technical project support and workshops to improve skills like leadership capabilities.

Previous Indian startups to have gone through the program include mental health app Wysa, social networking platform ShareChat and AI video editing tool VideoVerse.

Seed to series A funded AI-first startups are invited to apply to Google’s AI startup program by August 22nd.

Funding news

Proprio

Seattle-based Proprio develops AI-powered tools to assist surgeons. Its flagship offering, Paradigm, generates real-time 3D visualizations of surgeries to provide surgeons with medical images with live data.

Proprio's AI platform is designed to reduce intraoperative scans as well as the length of the overall procedure to enable surgeons to maintain focus on the patient.

Latest funding: $43 million, series B

Investors: No investor information was provided

Funding plans: Proprio said the new capital will fuel the commercialization of its AI surgical navigation platform in the U.S. and overseas.

Protect AI

Seattle-based Protect AI creates cybersecurity measures for machine learning models. Its NB Defense product is an open source tool for machine learning notebooks like Jupyter Notebooks. NB Defense scans notebooks or repositories for security issues, identifies problems and helps users come up with defensive solutions to address potential issues.

Protect AI also has offices in Dallas, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Latest funding: $35 million, series A

Lead investor: Evolution Equity Partners

Other investors: Salesforce Ventures, Pelion Ventures, Knollwood Capital, Acrew Capital, Boldstart Ventures

Funding plans: Protect CEO Ian Swanson told TechCrunch that the newly raised funds will go towards improvising Protect’s platform and launching new open source offerings.

AutogenAI

London-based AutogenAI offers natural language processing solutions to help companies generate content.

Autogen’s bespoke Language Engines produce corporate content for each customer, aligning with their individual brand voices and guidelines.

Latest funding: $22.1 million (£17.2M), venture round

Lead investor: Blossom Capital

Funding plans: Autogen will use the cash to add staff and grow its platform.

Hippocratic AI

Hippocratic AI is based in California and is building large language models for the health care sector.

The company only launched out of stealth in May, having secured backing from General Catalyst and Andreessen Horowitz, among others.

The company was founded by a group of physicians, hospital administrators, Medicare professionals and AI researchers from El Camino Health, Johns Hopkins, Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford, Google and Nvidia.

Latest funding: $15 million, seed round

Investors: None disclosed

Voia

Founded in May 2022, Voia uses AI to enable mobile users to produce high-quality videos on their mobile phones.

The startup was founded by, among others, Avner Braverman, who founded the startup Reshuffle that was subsequently acquired by Twitter, the Elon Musk-owned social site now known as X.

Latest funding: $3 million, pre-seed funding

No investor or funding plans were announced. This raise adds to the $1 million pre-seed funding capital secured last October.

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About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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