Equmenopolis, Inc. accelerates the development of a conversational AI agent platform that provides online representation for labor-intensive interpersonal service industries such as education, retail, medical, and counter services. We aim to realize a realistic conversational experience with AI evolving with humans.
Founded in May 2022 by a research group of the Perceptual Computing Laboratory at Waseda University, Equmenopolis, Inc. has received a third-party allocation of new shares fromBeyond Next Ventures, Inc. (hereafter “BNV”). Additionally, the company was awarded technology-based start-up governmental fundings from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO; a related institution of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT; a related institution of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan). The total amount of funding is 450 million yen (approx. $3.5 – 4M), including equity and grants.
We are developing a conversational AI agent platform to improve productivity and quality in education, retail, medical, and other labor-intensive interpersonal service industries. In 2023, the first product to fully utilize the platform will be an English conversation learning support service. The primal use of the funding will be:
Acceleration of platform development: To expand conversational AI agents’ conversational patterns and skills, and to realize realistic conversational experiences easily on any mobile device, including web browsers and VR/AR glasses.
Recruitment of researchers and engineers: To accelerate R&D, we will actively recruit researchers and engineers in the fields of dialogue systems, natural language processing, digital humans, parallel and distributed processing, virtualization, and other technologies as well as second language acquisition and applied linguistics. For more information, please visit our recruitment page (https://www.equ.ai/careers/).
Market expansion: All of our businesses will be sold domestically and overseas, starting with the release of our language learning support service in early 2023, with the aim of expanding into global markets beyond language barriers.
Conversational AI agent platform development company, founded on May 2, 2022 (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Yoichi Matsuyama) Equmenopolis is a university-launched startup founded by a core group of researchers from the Conversational AI Media Research Group of the Green Computing Systems Research Institute at Waseda University. “Society 5.0” is the term used for the future community in which digitalization progresses. We aim to develop a conversational AI agent platform to support and simplify human-labor intensive, face-to-face tasks which hinder many modern industries. We aim to improve business quality and productivity through the collaboration of humans and AI.
当社は、早稲田大学提携VCのBeyond Next Ventures株式会社およびウエルインベストメント株式会社と共に創業準備を行ってきました。2019～2020年度にウエルインベストメントが事業プロモータをつとめたJST START事業では、社会的会話AI技術を活用したメディアサービスの事業開発を行い、2021年に開催されたBeyond Next Venturesが主催するディープテック特化型アクセラレーションプログラム「BRAVE」では、特に英会話学習支援事業のビジネスモデルのブラッシュアップが行われました。今後、2022年4月に設立された早稲田大学ベンチャーズ株式会社やスタートアップ・エコシステム形成支援事業GTIEプログラム等との連携も含め、早稲田オープンイノベーションバレー構想の一翼を担うことが期待されています。