- The pre-seed funding round was led by Chiratae Ventures & 9Unicorns with participation from Anthill Ventures & AI-led video-editing company, VideoVerse
- The funds raised will be deployed towards strengthening the product, building out a robust engineering & sales team & facilitating an early launch in the US market
Lightbulb.ai, an emotion ai & engagement analytics platform, today announced that it has raised a pre-seed funding round of USD 1.5 Mn, with reputed investors Chiratae Ventures & 9Unicorns leading the round. The other investors participating include Anthill Ventures & AI-led video-editing company, VideoVerse. The funds raised by this early-stage start-up will be deployed to deepen the datasets for their machine-learning technology and expand the product offering of emotion & engagement insights gathered from a user’s video, audio & speech inputs for a variety of industries.
Lightbulb is the brainchild of second time entrepreneurial trio – Ritu Srivastava, Yogesh Sachdeva & Vishal Soni – who have earlier built & exited Obino, a digital health & weight-loss coaching start-up, that offered health-management solutions across a variety of health conditions. Their successful exit to US-based health conglomerate Roundglass Partners in 2017, paved the way for their next venture. With an MVP launch in late 2021, Lightbulb has had an opportunity to validate it’s product and market hypotheses before zeroing in on its GTM plans.
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With 4 patents already in the pipeline & datasets spanning millions of faces across geographies & ethnicities, Lightbulb is geared to help businesses that offer remote user experiences, to solve for higher engagement by mapping user emotion & engagement in real-time! From analysing user engagement during live meetings/calls to researching the emotional impact of pre-recorded content and asynchronous user experiences on consumers, Lightbulb offers nuanced solutions that are relevant to industries such as online learning, sales enablement and consumer research amongst others.
With insights from early customers pouring in, Lightbulb is fast-tracking growth on its multi-modal product & this early-stage capital infusion will help accelerate Lightbulb.ai in building its product & engineering teams, particularly in the fields of data science, machine learning and consumer insights and prepare itself for an early launch in the US market. The company was exclusively advised on this transaction by PepperTree, an advisory firm run by ex-bankers Akshi Mehta & Ankur Goyal.
On the funding, Ritu Srivastava, Co-founder & CEO Lightbulb.ai said, “We are privileged to be supported by some of India’s most prestigious early-stage institutional investors, with vast experience in helping deep-tech B2B SAAS companies build & scale global products in international markets. And are deeply grateful for the trust that they have placed in us at this early stage!”
Vishal Soni, Co-founder & CPO adds in “Customer decisions are emotional & not rational! Since current feedback modes are post-facto, by the time actionable intelligence reaches decision makers, opportunities are lost. Lightbulb enables businesses to measure emotion data & transmit actionable insights to decision makers in real-time, helping them acquire and retain better.”
Yogesh Sachdeva, Co-founder & CTO joins in “Our focus is now on developing a powerful platform that can power significant value-adding emotion ai products with high accuracy levels across ethnicities and age groups & applicability across multiple industries.”
“Leveraging an intelligent emotion recognition platform through video interaction, Lightbulb is leading the next wave of innovation in this space. We are excited to partner with the founding team at Lightbulb, as they disrupt leading industries like education, banking, mental wellness etc. said, Sudhir Sethi, Founder & Chairman of Chiratae VenturesIndia Advisors!
Key Perspectives from the investor cohort
Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder & MD at 9Unicorns Accelerator Fund, said, “While emotion Ai is at a nascent stage, yet it is an exponentially growing technology with a wide variety of use-cases across multiple industries. Lightbubl.ai holds the potential to be relevant across multiple market verticals and that is a strong indicator of how valuable the company will be in the future. As the world becomes more chaotic, the importance of emotion AI will only grow. We are excited to support the team as they enhance the accessibility and utility of emotion AI.”
“We are excited to support Lightbubl.ai at this stage of their growth trajectory. They have shown great promise so far and we are deeply interested in the solutions that they are building for Media & Consumer Research markets. Media tech is an explosively growing field and we are sure that Lightbulb will be able to make a clear space for itself in this market and scale with speed!”, said, Prasad Vanga, CEO, Anthill ventures.
“As a company that also harnesses the power of AI, we recognise the potential that emotion AI has as a technology. We are thrilled to be a part of this journey and are confident the team will build a long-term product solution with strong fundamentals.” says Siddhant Bhandari, Strategy Lead, Videoverse.
Lightbulb.ai is an emotion ai & engagement analytics platform that uses computer vision, speech transcription and audio analysis to generate real time emotion ai & engagement analytics for remote interactions. With a compact 10-member team including 3 founding team members, Lightbulb’s emotion ai platform is VC-tool agnostic and browser-based & operates both via an integration-based model with APIs & SDKs & a stand-alone web application.
With 4 patents in the pipeline and over 2.3 Mn faces scanned, Lightbulb’s face-detection, emotion-recognition & engagement mapping capabilities display high accuracy and compare favourably with industry giants. With a value-adding application layer for insights, Lightbulb provides real-time alerts & detailed emotion & engagement maps that take visual, audio & speech data into account for a holistic view of the user’s emotional state during a remote interaction.