Aleph Alpha announced today the successful completion of its Series B financing round. The company has raised over 500 million US dollars from a consortium of seven new investors, as well as existing investors from previous rounds.
The consortium is led by Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence (Ipai), Bosch Ventures, and the companies of the Schwarz Group. Other new investors include Berlin-based Christ&Company Consulting, the global edge-to-cloud company Hewlett Packard Enterprise, German multinational enterprise application software company SAP, and Burda Principal Investments. Existing institutional investors also participated, leading to an oversubscribed round.
Each participant in this round plays a crucial role in supporting Aleph Alpha’s goal of providing sovereign AI solutions to enterprises and governments. The total funding surpasses half a billion US dollars and includes substantial investment in applied research by Ipai and commitments for joint business development.
This involves preconsumption licenses with the global industry leaders of the consortium, aimed at scaling up the business model.
This commitment reinforces the foundation for Aleph Alpha to further advance its proprietary AI research, expedite the development and commercialization of generative AI for the most complex and critical applications such as in data-sensitive industries like healthcare, finance, law, government, and security. Aleph Alpha will also continue to expand key academic partnerships and contributions, remaining committed to reproducibility, excellence, and sharing innovation through open source.
"With this latest investment, we will continue to enhance our capabilities and enable our partners to be at the forefront of this technological development. To empower customers, Aleph Alpha will continue to expand its offerings while maintaining independence and flexibility for customers in infrastructure, cloud compatibility, on-premise support, and hybrid setups. The ongoing developments will extend interfaces and customization options tailored to business-critical requirements. For customers with significant responsibility and in strategic environments where sovereignty is at risk, we will remain the best option,” said Jonas Andrulis, CEO and founder of Aleph Alpha, on the successful Series B round.
Germany as the Base for International Expansion of Explainable and Trustworthy Sovereign AI
The significant enhancement of the capabilities of Large Language Models by a European company provides government agencies and companies the opportunity to develop and apply AI in a sovereign environment, as Aleph Alpha combines data protection and security with unique explainability and customization options.
"Aleph Alpha will shape the future of Generative AI and set new standards for this key technology. As such, Aleph Alpha is a perfect fit with our sovereign Cloud and Cyber Security offerings STACKIT and XM Cyber. This technology will enable us to further optimize our digital services – both for the companies of Schwarz Group and our external customers," adds Rolf Schumann, Co-CEO of Schwarz Digits.
"Actively developing Generative AI is crucial for Europe’s technological sovereignty. That’s why at Bosch, we are opening fields of application and business models, playing a key role in shaping this cutting-edge technology together with other companies like Aleph Alpha," says Dr. Tanja Rückert, Member of the Board of Management and Chief Digital Officer at Robert Bosch GmbH.
"We are amazed by the incredible potential of technology and opportunities in a new era of human-machine collaboration. Our commercial traction is motivating us to grow to meet our clients’ demands and remain one of the best teams in Generative AI. Our partners are industry leaders that offer huge potential for innovation and scale, and we are committed to building these partnerships towards a leading position in their respective industries. Our unique explainability and trust technology plays a crucial role in this," Jonas Andrulis commented today in Berlin.
About Aleph Alpha:
Aleph Alpha, the leading company in explainable and trustworthy generative AI applications, has raised capital and forged key strategic partnerships in a Series B financing round to launch the next stage of its development in the global AI race. The consortium, consisting of seven new investors, is led by Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence (Ipai), Bosch Ventures, and Schwarz Group. Other new investors include Berlin-based Christ&Company Consulting, the global edge-to-cloud company Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and German multinational enterprise application software company SAP, as well as investor Burda Principal Investments. Former investors complete the round. This strategic investment will further strengthen the German and European AI position for the development of sovereign AI.