Kelly Earley | Silicon Republic | 12th March 2020
We have gathered a range of Irish start-ups using AI in different industries, including music, VR, HR, fintech and customer service.
After Enterprise Ireland’s Start-up Showcase for 2020, we decided to take a closer look at the agency’s high potential start-ups (HPSUs). Last week we focused on emerging firms working on sustainability, and this week we’re taking a look at the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
We have rounded up the start-ups to watch over the next few months. The list includes some businesses on the cutting-edge of AI, using this tech for a variety of purposes in the music industry, virtual reality, HR and customer service.
VRAI is a Dublin start-up that has developed an AI-powered VR simulation platform, entitled Hazardous Environment Awareness Training (HEAT), which has been used by companies such as Samsung, Pfizer and IAG, as well as the UN and the Irish Defence Forces.
HEAT enables employers to prepare for hazardous working environments in a safer setting, while giving them an idea of what to expect out on the field. VRAI says that it is “more than a virtual reality company”, and describes itself as “a content creation company specialising in virtual reality production”.
The company was founded by Pat O’Connor and Niall Campion in 2017. In September 2019, the company raised €575,000 from Enterprise Ireland to further develop HEAT, and earlier this week it was named as this year’s winner of the Dublin City Enterprise award, taking home the top prize of €5,000.
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