July 27, 2015
ROSS team (left to right):
Shuai Wang, Jimoh Ovbiagele, Akash Venkat, Pargles Wenz Dall'Oglio and Andrew Arruda
ROSS, a digital legal expert built on artificial intelligence power of IBM Watson, has received backing from Y Combinator, a U.S. seed fund.
Last fall, IBM created the IBM Watson University Competition, to bring Watson, the cognitive computing technology widely known for winning the 2011 Jeopardy challenge, into that classroom.
U of T Computer Science was the only Canadian participant among an elite group of 10 universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. The competition was structured as a half-year fourth-year course taught by Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Steve Engels and instructors and Innovation Lab directors Helen Kontozopoulos and Mario Grech.
ROSS answers legal questions in natural language. It became the runner-up project in the final contest held in New York City in January.
Twice a year Y Combinator invests a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups and ROSS became part of the latest group of 85 investments.
The startups move to Silicon Valley for three months, where they will work intensively with YC to get the company into the best possible shape, and refine their pitch to investors. The team will pitch ROSS at a YC Demo Day, to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.
Congratulations to the team as they take their startup to the next level!
– Read more at Tech Crunch
– Read more at Y Combinator Posthaven blog
– Read more about their second place finish in the IBM Watson University Competition at U of T News