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AI Meets Empathy: Cologne EdTech Start-up DeepSkill Receives Growth Capital of 1.5 Million Euros

With the successful completion of the latest funding round, DeepSkill continues to advance the vision of combining human and machine skills.

The rapid rise of artificial intelligence brings us an incredible amount of data and countless possibilities for automation, analysis, and data processing. However, what ChatGPT and similar technologies cannot provide are empathy, human connection, and leadership.

This is where DeepSkill steps in: We help companies in times of digitalization and the growing influence of artificial intelligence to train their employees’ emotional skills, known as “Human Skills.” By combining intelligent technology in the form of our own learning platform with practical development of key human and emotional competencies, DeepSkill brings success to both employees and companies.

DeepSkill has secured new growth capital of approximately €1.5 million from investors and research grants for tech developments from the Federal Ministry of Economics. In addition, DeepSkill is selected for the KölnBusiness funding program [AI Innovations] 2024 (find more information here).

Business Angel and new investor Dr. Bettina Volkens, Founder of Great2Know network and ex-CHRO of Lufthansa, says: “With DeepSkill, Miriam Mertens sets new standards for how we can use technology to strengthen and expand our human qualities. With DeepSkill, we are investing in a future where humanity and technology go hand in hand”.

Existing investors are also optimistic: Among the pre-seed investors who recognized DeepSkill’s potential as a bridge between artificial intelligence and emotional intelligence are the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and Kienbaum. Both have made significant additional investments in the startup.

Angel investor and encourageventures co-founder Anna Kaiser, who is also an existing investor, is convinced: “DeepSkill is an investment in the future of our workforce. Their platform is crucial for developing a generation that is both technically proficient and emotionally competent, which is becoming increasingly important in our automated world.”

With the new funding, DeepSkill will develop additional features that enhance learning experience and training effectiveness through AI optimization. DeepSkill also plans to expand its international relationships for Europe-wide roll-out.

Miriam Mertens, DeepSkill CEO & Co-Founder, says: “With the support of our investors who recognize the importance of emotional intelligence in the technologically advanced work environment, we are well positioned to further strengthen our leadership role in human resource development”.

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