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AI Startup Navikenz Secures $4 Mn In Seed Funding To Expand In India & The US

AI Startup Navikenz Secures $4 Mn In Seed Funding To Expand In India & The US

Navikenz will use the fund to hire a team of 100 high-end tech professionals, across India and the US

The AI consulting startup claims to offer AI-based solutions such as business process consulting, enterprise architecture, cloud, and data science capabilities

Navikenz’s leadership team is presently active in the US, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Artificial Intelligence (AI) consulting startup Navikenz has bagged $4 Mn in a seed funding round led by investors including Sudip Nandy, former CEO of Aricent and Sekar PRC, former CEO of Hexaware. 

The fundraise will be used to expand and strengthen its position in India. Navikenz has just completed the first round of campus hiring and is in the process of recruiting a team of 100 high-end tech professionals, across India and the US, according to a press statement.  

Founded in 2021 by former president of IT services at Mindtree and former CEO of BirlaSoft Anjan Lahiri, Navikenz enables organisations to implement AI solutions to improve business processes. It offers AI-based solutions such as business process consulting, enterprise architecture, cloud, and data science capabilities, it said. 

The founding team of Navikenz also comprises Samit Deb, Balaji Krishnan, Megha Jain and Gurudatta Kamath.

“In the next one year, we are planning to hire a team of technology professionals across India and the US, comprising enterprise architects, data architects, data scientists and machine learning engineers,” Anjan Lahiri, cofounder & CEO of Navikenz told Inc42.

Navikenz has multiple clientele in India as well as the US. The startup aims to become a major player in the IT services space in the next five years. The startup currently works with clients in life sciences and discrete manufacturing sectors in the US and India, some of which are Fortune 100 companies. 

The AI startup plans to work with more Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and India in future. The startup leadership team is presently active in the US, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 

“Having started during covid times last year, most of our people have joined us virtually and have been working remotely so far. We are aiming to pioneer as many post-COVID practices as possible, one of which is asynchronous work, which is work from anywhere with a flexible day schedule; where people are driven mostly by goals,” said Samit Deb, cofounder and chief of people success, Navikenz, told Inc42

“No company needs another line of code – they need higher revenues and lower costs. Technology enables them to do that. People do not need employment, they need employability and a purpose – a reason to come to work every day. The aim is to give people this sense of purpose, solving problems for customers in a way that makes them leap to log into their computers every day,” added Lahiri. 

Meanwhile, AI adoption has been on a continuous surge in companies headquartered in emerging economies, which also includes China, the Middle East and North Africa. 

The findings from a survey done by Mckinsey in 2021 indicate that AI adoption is on steady rise with 56% of all respondents reporting AI adoption in at least one function, up from 50% in 2020. 

And across regions, the adoption rate is highest at Indian companies, followed closely by those in Asia–Pacific, according to the survey.  

Moreover, many companies have acquired AI-based startups recently to upgrade their products and services. For instance, a few days back enterprisetech unicorn Gupshup acquired a 100% stake in conversational AI provider AskSid in an all-cash deal.

The acquisition comes after the cloud-based telephony startup, Knowlarity got acquired by Gupshup for an undisclosed amount in February 2022. The deal helped Gupshup to assimilate Knowlarity’s AI-powered tools into their business suite.

Further, Gupshup acquired Active.Ai, a conversational AI startup used by banks and fintech firms in an all cash deal earlier this month.

Another case in point, Qure.ai raised $40 Mn in March 2022 in a strategic funding round led by Novo Holdings and HealthQuad.