Welsh AI start-up to pitch at Web Summit

We Build bots, which is a Welsh tech start-up developing artificial intelligence technologies, has been selected to showcase at Web Summit this week.

The Cardiff-based company, founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Paul Shepherd, will compete among 200 of the world’s most innovative start-ups at the Pitch competition.

Powered by Mercedes-Benz, the competition brings together some of the world’s leading early-stage tech companies for a live on-stage battle and gives them an opportunity to promote their ideas.

They’ll pitch in front of distinguished investor panels, media and thousands of attendees. The competition takes across three days, and the winner will be crowned the best start-up at Pitch 2017.

Taking place in Lisbon between November 6th and 9th, Web Summit connects technology specialists and companies from across the world. This year, there are over 1,200 speakers.

Founded in April 2016, We Build Bots created IntelAgent, an AI-powered platform for customer service departments, events, charities, utility providers, publishers and sports clubs.

Paul Shepherd, founder of the firm, said: “In 4 short months We Build Bots has made the final 25 Oracle’s Global Accelerator Programme, were finalists in the Welsh Start Up Awards, been covered in the FT and now selected as one of Europe’s top 200 startups.

“I’m involved with a few technology businesses but never have I seen so much anticipation and potential as I’m seeing in this latest project.”

In October, the start-up created a chatbot for Sport Wales aimed at increasing participation in sport and connecting teams with clubs. It chatbot asks users questions about their exercise preferences.

The bot then finds the perfect sport for the user and helps them choose a suitable place where they can participate, providing them with direct contact details.

At the time, Paul said: “It’s great to see Welsh Sport adopting the latest technologies in their quest to get more people active with sports.

“And as a fellow Welsh business, we’re delighted to be involved. Whilst this is a fun, light-hearted bot we hope this proves to be an invaluable asset if more people become more active as a result.

He added: “Messenger platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp are hugely popular. Facebook messenger has more than a billion active monthly users, with over 2 billion messages being exchanged between organisations and the public each month.

“We anticipate a huge demand from millennials and centennials for connecting with organisations and businesses this way and that as a result chatbot use will continue to grow connecting people to information quicker than ever.”