InstaDeep, a leader in advanced AI decision-making systems for solving real-world problems, has raised $100 million Series B round led by Alpha Intelligence Capital and CDIB. 

Investors in the round include BioNTech, Chimera Abu Dhabi, Deutsche Bahn’s DB Digital Ventures, Google, G42 and Synergie. 

InstaDeep will use the funding to advance its high-performance computing infrastructure optimized for Decision-Making AI, continue to hire elite talent and accelerate the launch of disruptive AI products across multiple industries – including biotech, logistics, transportation and electronics manufacturing. The firm will expand its global presence into the United States.

A vast majority (81%) of executives say AI will either be critically important or very important to their business in 2022, according to CNBC’s latest Technology Executive Council survey.

African-founded InstaDeep helps companies improve crucial parts of their operations by harnessing AI technologies such as Reinforcement Learning, a type of machine learning that helps design effective optimization strategies for an array of challenges, from therapeutics development to railway operations and more. 

“This funding round is a tremendous vote of confidence from our partners BioNTech, Google and Deutsche Bahn after working closely with us on innovative, high-impact AI initiatives” said Karim Beguir, Co-Founder and CEO of InstaDeep.

“And we are very excited to get the support of Alpha Intelligence Capital, Chimera, Synergie and G42 as we see wide-ranging opportunities to deploy our AI products to tackle complex real-world problems.”

InstaDeep, now based in London, began in 2014 in Tunis in North Africa, with two laptops, $2000 and, according to Beguir, “a lot of enthusiasm”.

From the start, he and Co-Founder Zohra Slim have made boosting local AI communities central to InstaDeep’s mission, through events, training and open-sourcing software. InstaDeep is proud to have engineers and researchers in South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia and the UAE alongside its teams in France and the UK.

Boris Kuehn, Managing Director, DB Digital Ventures, commented: “InstaDeep has demonstrated unique capabilities in solving very complex railway problems using groundbreaking AI-first technologies.

“The team’s skills and thought leadership in this space have paved the way for the adoption of cutting-edge AI technologies in the railway domain. We are happy to join the investment round and enable a stronger partnership with Deutsche Bahn to jointly harness the potential of applying AI.

Arnaud Barthelemy, Partner and COO, Alpha Intelligence Capital, commented on the news saying: “As the first global fund fully dedicated to artificial intelligence and machine learning, we are particularly proud to have led this Series B round, together with first class co-investors.

“InstaDeep is a deep technology company that disrupts traditional approaches in crucial areas as they do with BioNTech for drug discovery or with Deutsche Bahn for railway scheduling. We are thrilled to join this exciting adventure and eager to help support InstaDeep’s growth through our unique AI expertise.”

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