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Warsaw-based CampusAI raises €9.2 million to create a global network of interactive platforms teaching collaboration with AI

CampusAI raised €9.2 million of pre-seed funding, a record for a Polish startup, to develop its online training ecosystem, enter as many as 10 new markets and teach 200,000 new users how to collaborate better with artificial intelligence.

The funding round, led by Polish angel investor Maciej Zientara, founder of Supernova Group and a partner in JR Holding, will support CampusAI’s expansion abroad. A substantial part of Zientara’s investment portfolio is based on artificial intelligence, including AI-based SaaS company AI Clearing, which raised $14 million in series A funding late last year.

CampusAI, founded early last year, immerses people in the world of AI and trains them to use the technology more effectively, including by setting their own learning path; choosing tools that fit their personality; and writing better and more complex prompts. Its avatar-based blended learning model, in which practice plays a key role, boasts completion rates up to 10 times those of traditional e-learning methods.

Corporate clients can use the CampusAI platform to build comprehensive e-learning suites that support digital transformation. A recent survey of CEOs by global consultancy PwC reported that a lack of digital skills, particularly those related to AI, is one of business leaders’ most pressing concerns, while Boston Consulting Group found 62% of top executives cite a lack of skills as one of the main reasons they are unsatisfied with their organization’s AI efforts.

“For digital transformation to be effective, it has to be based on strengthening an organization’s most important asset: its people,” said CampusAI Co-founder and CEO Aureliusz Górski. “That’s why it’s so important to create an environment that makes it easy to learn how to work with AI. Our Human+AI Collaboration model makes people more proactive, creative, and effective, allowing an organization’s leaders to engage their teams at all levels in their vision for transformation driven by generative AI.”

CampusAI’s model builds on work by Aleksandra Przegalińska, a visiting research fellow at Harvard University and an associate professor at Warsaw’s Kozminski University. She and Kozminski Professor Dariusz Jemielniak, the co-author of her 2023 book Strategizing AI in Business and Education, serve on the company’s scientific advisory board.

“I’m supporting CampusAI because we have a common vision at the level of values,” commented Przegalińska, who has made her image available as one of the avatars the company uses to deliver its materials. “First and foremost, artificial intelligence is a tool to be used by people, not the other way around. And secondly, AI is for everyone, which means it should be accessible and democratized.”

CampusAI’s ecosystem visualizes its interactive content using a cutting-edge software engine developed for gaming, allowing the creation of custom learning environments. The company plans to expand to its first new market within three months and add as many as 10 new countries by the end of the year.

“After achieving success in the Polish market, we’re ready to expand globally with the backing of an investor who shares our vision,” Górski added. “Maciej Zientara has extensive experience in building value on international markets. He’s the dream investor for any startup, because he brings in know-how, not just cash.”

“I’m thrilled to become a part of this global project that will impact not just the corporate world, but all of society,” Zientara said. “CampusAI has developed a unique, scalable educational concept for AI, giving organizations a competitive edge in addressing the challenges of the digital revolution while respecting the principles of social responsibility. Artificial intelligence will affect everyone’s job, which is why it’s so important to develop effective education that gives people the skills they need to thrive on the labor market of tomorrow.”

Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo is the Head of News at EU-Startups. He has been extensively covering startups, venture capital and innovation ecosystems, including contributions to numerous publications such as Sifted, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Through his work as an editor and writer, he continues to shape the narrative surrounding the best stories of the tech world.

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