Chooch AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) training platform for visual recognition, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding led by Vickers Venture Partners. The round also includes funding from angel investors.
According to a statement, Chooch AI will tap the funds to expand its tech team and enter new markets.
The San Francisco-based startup provides technology for real-time facial recognition and object recognition to media, advertising, banking, medical and security industries. One of its clients is SIPA USA, a photo agency from the US.
SIPA uses Chooch to tag photos in real time on the Oscar red carpet, sporting events and fashion runways. The technology goes beyond recognising faces in real time – it’s also able to pick up fashion details that potentially add value to these images.
“That’s a game changer for our business,” said Jonathan Wells, CEO of SIPA USA. “We can be processing 1000’s of photos per day and dozens of shoots from LA to Milan.”
Chooch also claims to add metadata more quickly at a much lower cost.
“We’ve made machine learning for computer vision super easy to use and implement at scale,” said Emrah Gultekin, CEO of Chooch AI. “This provides massive competitive advantages to companies who need to implement Visual AI into their processes.”