Data science start-up Zerve raises $3.8m

Zerve unites data science and AI teams in a collaborative environment.

Data science and artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Zerve has raised $3.8m in preseed funding to build a new architecture for data science and AI development.

Zerve’s platform allows teams to collaborate and share their outputs more easily. Zerve’s cloud-based, serverless technology utilises a novel, stateful architecture to create a scalable, collaborative development environment.

“Data scientists have never really been able to seamlessly share both their code and their results with their colleagues”

The tool helps break down the silos that can exist between data scientists and developers.

Making data science more productive

Zerve was co-founded in  2021, by college friends Phily Hayes (ex-LearnUpon and Deloitte) and Jason Hillary, PhD, Engineering, and later joined by Greg Michaelson, former Chief Customer Officer of DataRobot.

The company is currently one of 10 start-ups chosen from Europe to participate in Intel’s Ignite Accelerator program for deep-tech companies. Since 2019, the 148 companies that have gone through the programme have raised over €1.6bn.

“Data scientists have never really been able to seamlessly share both their code and their results with their colleagues,” explained Zerve CEO and co-founder Phily Hayes.

“The existing tools available are fragmented. It makes it hard to be productive. With Zerve, all the teams can collaborate live and build something stable enough to deploy. In much the same way as Figma made design collaborative, Zerve is poised to bring this innovation in the data science coding space.”

Elkstone Ventures, which has also invested in Flipdish, LetsGetChecked and Manna, led the funding round, with contributions from prominent angel investors, such as Sean Mullaney, CTO of Algolia, and Rob Hickey, former EVP of Engineering at DataRobot. 

Niall McEvoy, Partner at Elkstone Ventures said: “Zerve has an ambitious vision of bridging the gap between data science and AI development. The team has built a technology that will really allow companies to break down silos and harness the power of AI and data science and has the potential to do to data science what Figma did for design”.

Zerve currently has 12 employees and aims to hire across Engineering, Cloud Infrastructure, and Research and Development.

Greg Michaelson, co-founder of Zerve, added: “Zerve brings about an architectural paradigm shift. We’re dedicated to building Zerve to not only enhance the capabilities of data science but also to empower data scientists to deliver effortlessly in the era of AI.”

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