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Qualcomm Sets Up $100 Million AI Fund, Invests in AI Startup AnyVision

Qualcomm Sets Up $100 Million AI Fund, Invests in AI Startup AnyVision

The company will invest in startups developing autonomous cars, robotics and machine learning platforms via its venture arm, Qualcomm Ventures

Lilach Baumer | 11:56  29.11.2018
Qualcomm Inc. to invest in artificial intelligence startups via new $100 million fund. On Wednesday, Qualcomm’s venture arm, Qualcomm Ventures LLC, announced the fund, saying it will invest in startups developing on-device artificial intelligence technologies, with an emphasis on autonomous cars, robotics, and machine learning platforms. The fund, which builds on over a decade of Qualcomm's AI research, is part of Qualcomm’s 5G strategy, the company stated.

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The new fund’s first investment was in Tel Aviv-based startup AnyVision Interactive Technologies Ltd., as part of a series A round, Qualcomm said without disclosing any more details.

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Founded in 2015, AnyVision develops software for real-time face, object, and human recognition in large crowds. The technology can interact with security cameras in public spaces such as airports and stadiums, and can also be used for commercial purposes, for example by retailers. In June, Robert Bosch GmbH has led a $28 million, first investment round for the company, for which not all participants were disclosed. Bosch stated at the time it intends to add AnyVision's technology to its portfolio offering.

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