June 26, 2024

Meet The Black And Latine-Led AI Startups Joining Google’s Founders Fund 2024

Darren Riley

The Google for Startups Founders Fund is back for the fifth year and is funding 20 Black and Latine AI companies in the US.

The fund first launched as part of Google’s $175 million commitment towards racial equity and to date has deployed more than $50 million dollars to more than 570 Black and Latine founders around the world.

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As AI developments are on the rise, this year, Google has funded 20 US-based companies that are pushing the boundaries in AI.

The companies range from developing solutions to prevent wildfires, to diverting millions of tons of fast fashion from landfills and to helping millions of community college learners successfully transfer and acquire four-year degrees.

Each startup will receive $150,000 in non-dilutive cash awards, $100,000 in Google Cloud credits, and hands-on mentorship from Google experts across AI, sales and more to help build and scale their companies.

Meet The US 2024 Founders Fund Startups 

Akeptus (Glenwood, MD) provides a smart home energy management system that helps homeowners optimize their energy usage and reduce costs.

Beta Financial Services (Chicago, IL) removes bias in financial services through tools like BetaScore, a proprietary credit model designed to help SMBs obtain loans.

Bountiful (San Francisco, CA) helps farmers and food industry professionals with forecasts and critical insights for speciality crops.

Cambio AI (New York, NY) provides software that helps commercial landlords and corporate tenants reach their net zero goals by decarbonizing their facilities.

EdVisorly (Los Angeles, CA) helps community college students explore and apply to public and private universities.

Elis (Pound Ridge, NY) helps product and marketing teams efficiently collect rich insights from their customers via interviews.

HacWare (Frisco, TX) helps businesses combat phishing attacks through experiential learning.

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Hire Henry (St Louis, MO) develops industrial robotic mowers for large greenspaces.

Hue (Boston, MA) helps brands source and integrates authentic customer testimonials on their marketing channels.

Improving Aviation (Tampa, FL) provides AI and emerging vehicle technologies to enhance public safety, aviation and wildfire management operations.

InOrbit, Inc. (Mountain View, CA) helps developers and operators virtually manage and scale their robotics fleets.

JustAir (Detroit, MI) equips community leaders with health and environmental insights through air quality monitoring networks.

Maverick (San Francisco, CA) helps ecommerce stores create personalized customer experiences with generative AI.

Pagedip (Boulder, CO) is a no-code content publishing app that helps teams work more effectively and efficiently.

Raincoat (San Juan, PR) provides governments, financial institutions and insurers with automated and scalable climate insurance tools.

Sensagrate (Scottsdale, AZ) aims to reduce traffic and decrease traffic related fatalities with cutting edge computer vision and AI solutions.

Sortile (New York, NY) is a waste management system that uses AI to identify, sort and trace textiles.

TackleAI (Schaumburg, IL) turns unstructured documents and datasets into intelligible and immediately accessible data.

Trustible (Arlington, VA) helps companies surface hidden AI risks, check compliance requirements and accelerate responsible AI development.

Waterplan (San Francisco, CA) is a water sustainability platform which helps organizations gather, report and act on water related risks.

Image Credit: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.