We’re extremely excited to announce that Hazy has been named the European winner of Microsoft's Innovate.AI global startup prize! The competition aims to progress the future of artificial intelligence and comes with a \$1,000,000 equity investment from M12, Microsoft's venture fund, and its European partner Notion.
It’s an amazing accolade for the Hazy team, which I’m proud to say is made up of some of the world’s best AI and machine learning experts, thanks to our partnership with UCL.
Innovate.AI told us that they received hundreds of applications from startups across North America, Europe and Israel, all vying for their region’s respective prize. Entries were judged on the potential to solve problems and improve people’s lives - so we were very encouraged to see that the need for data privacy and security has been rightly recognised as one of the key issues facing the world today.
Despite being little more than a year old, we’ve worked with clients ranging from startups to international banks and the UK central government, and we’ve seen amazing interest in our technology from companies large and small. We’ll be putting the new funding to good use, as we continue the development of our product, which will see the roll out of our core anonymisation technology in the coming weeks.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to M12 and Notion, neither of which need any introduction, and I know I speak for the whole company when I say that we can’t wait to work with such knowledgeable and well-respected teams. We’d also like to say thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past year -- it’s been a lot of hard work and we couldn’t have done it without you!
On a final note, like any good award there is an award ceremony to attend, and earlier this week we flew out to New Orleans to attend Collision Conference. If you’d like to get in touch with us whilst we're here, find out more about the product, or how we could help businesses like yours, please do get in touch.