Sunrise AI Secures Pre-Seed Funding Led by Andrew Ng’s AI Fund


Sunrise AI, a trailblazing AI-powered fintech company co-founded by Deepak Shrivastava and Xi Palazzolo, is thrilled to announce the successful closure of its pre-seed funding round led by Andrew Ng’s AI Fund. This investment will propel Sunrise AI’s mission to revolutionize credit assessment and enhance access to capital for individuals and businesses.

Sunrise AI’s proprietary AI suite disrupts the conventional credit scoring landscape. It boasts a 96% accuracy rate in forecasting a borrower’s ability to repay a debt obligation. Unlike traditional credit scoring services, Sunrise AI leverages machine learning technology to analyze a diverse range of user permissioned data sources, including robust open banking and macroeconomic data, unlocking a more inclusive and fair evaluation of creditworthiness.

SunScore™, the company’s first product, equips property owners with an advanced risk management solution, aimed at deterring rental fraud, uncovering accurate credit insights, and enhancing lease income analytics.

Founded in 2017 by Dr. Andrew Ng, AI Fund boasts a capital pool of $176 million, backed by leading venture capital firms, including Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Softbank Group. Deepak Shrivastava, Co-founder and CEO of Sunrise AI, expressed his excitement about launching the company in AI Fund’s studio: “This investment will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI-driven solutions and reach more underserved and excluded communities in need of fair and accessible financial services.”

In a collective effort to create more financial inclusion and equity, Sunrise AI’s founders established an Advisory Board to guide the transparency and responsibility of building ethical AI solutions. Founding members are Fenaba Addo, PhD (Associate Professor of Public Policy at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Bryce Goodman, PhD (Chief Strategist for AI/ML at the United States Department of Defense), John K. Johnson (Chief Innovation Officer at Schulte Roth & Zabel & former Global Head of Compliance at Spotify), and Chris Wiggins, PhD (Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times & Associate Professor at Columbia University).

“Technology can shine new light into opaque financial systems. Deepak, Xi, and team have a compelling vision of using AI to create a fair and inclusive financial system for all, and AI Fund is thrilled to support Sunrise AI to realize this vision,” said Andrew Ng, Managing General Partner of AI Fund, and globally recognized AI leader.

With this infusion of capital, the company plans to further refine its AI models, enrich its product offerings, and expand its operations to serve a broader audience beyond real estate.