Philipp Cimiano (CTO), Roman Klinger (Machine Learning Expert), Matthias Hartung (CRDO) and Janik Jaskolski (CEO) Maximilian Probst


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Software as a Service
Founded in 2015
45 employees
Funding: Undisclosed
Stage: Seed

Semalytix is a Spin-Off out of Bielefeld University. They move cutting edge research into the business intelligence and competitive intelligence markets to help teams maximize their competitive edge and return on investment. Website
Highlight of the year: Closing Seed-Funding round to accelerate product development and goto-market.

Interview with Semalytix

What inspired you to found your startup?

Building on years of research, we recognised the potential that our ideas and inventions have within competitive industries. This revelation, combined with a desire to build something from the ground up, led us to found Semalytix in 2015

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Many Artificial Intelligence companies offer services to help others build amazing products because they shy away from the challenge of building an end-to-end product themselves. Instead of travelling this path, we have made this challenge our mission.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Step-by-step industry adoption of our core product.

What do you want to achieve next year?

We are currently looking for early adopter clients that help us shape the rough edges of the product.

Why do people want to work at your company?

Talented people like to work with other talented people. We have assembled an amazingly skilled team and we work tirelessly on making ourselves faster, more efficient, and more creative. We live the core concepts of SCRUM and bend the rules a bit to make the most out of our strengths.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

We have identified a systemic weakness in how Business Intelligence and Competitive Intelligence are currently carried out. Most of the time, the goal of generating a tangible competitive edge and, ultimately, an increased return on investment, isn’t reached. We believe that we have found a solution.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

Our biggest accomplishment is the quality of the team that we have assembled. We are doing cutting edge AI development right here in Bielefeld, and we are doing this with a multi-cultural team from 17 different nations.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

We are on the path to develop the new gold standard in how Business and Competitive Intelligence are carried out in large corporations. In five years, we want to have customers in the biggest markets on earth and offices on six continents.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Being in Bielefeld, seemingly far away from typical German technology strongholds, has both pros and cons. To us, the positive outweighs the negative, and we see our location as an advantage.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

The German startup scene has so much potential but we also feel that there is a certain conservatism that keeps people from dreaming bigger. It is time for us to claim the stage by participating more actively in founding and building the great companies of the future.

Semalytix was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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