UM Startup Clinc is on a Mission to Democratize AI Technologies

After building Lucida, an open-source intelligent personal assistant, University of Michigan spinout Clinc has a new $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help get its artificial intelligence technologies to market. That’s on top of closing a $1.2 million seed round disclosed in March. The equity funding round was led by Ann Arbor’s eLab Ventures, with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners and Cahoots Holdings. Clinc co-founder and CEO Jason Mars said the company is on a mission to lead a transformative shift where state-of-the-art A.I. research emerges from the lab to be more seamlessly applied toward solving problems in the real world. Mars said he always wanted to start an artificial intelligence company, and his path to entrepreneurship opened last year after he and his Clinc co-founder, Lingjia…


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