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Darwin AI

Sector Manufacturing

Headquarters Waterloo

Founders Alexander Wong, Arif Virani, Brendan Chwyl, Francis Li, Gary Pacheco, Mohammad Shafiee, Sheldon Fernandez

Founded 2017

Employees 11-50

Funding CAD $16M

These days, manufacturers must confront a perfect storm of talent scarcity and production hold-ups – all while trying to incorporate environmentally friendly processes that reduce waste and energy use. Enter DarwinAI, a company that’s been praised for its “unique ability to fuse the theoretical and practical to deliver tangible business results.” Darwin’s quality-control platform uses machine learning to identify defective parts, improve efficiency, and reduce both material waste and labour costs in production facilities. CEO Sheldon Fernandez believes that AI-based quality inspection solutions could ultimately lead to a revival of manufacturing in North America – by increasing production yields, reducing costly defects, and getting products into the hands of customers more quickly. In the meantime, DarwinAI – along with Aspire Food Group – was recently named to a list of the top 10 projects using AI to advance the UN’s sustainability goals.

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