CB Insights published its first annual Advanced Manufacturing 50 list, after reviewing a pool of over 6,000 companies. The 50 winners were decided based on factors including R&D activity, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, competitive landscape, investor profile, team strength and tech novelty. The 50 selected companies have raised over $6.9 billion in total since 2017, with 12 of them being unicorns with a $1 billion+ valuation.
In terms of global reach, 27 of the selected companies are headquartered in the US, while Germany and Canada tied for second with 4 winners each. Landing AI, founded by leading AI expert Dr. Andrew Ngwas listed in the ‘Visual Inspection’ field, while one other South Korean startup – OnePredict – made the list in the ‘Predictive Maintenance’ field.
“Being named in the AM50 list is an important achievement that proves MakinaRocks’ value, which continues to grow in the global market based on our manufacturing and industry focused AI capabilities and know-hows,” said co-CEOs Andre Yoon and Jaehyuk Lee. They mentioned that “MakinaRocks will continue to solve various problems confronting the manufacturing and industrial sectors as a global leader in industrial AI, by creating real impacts on different industries and making their processes more intelligent.”
MakinaRocks is an AI startup that offers AI solutions and an MLOps platform, both specialized for manufacturing and industrial sectors. MakinaRocks launched Link™, an AI/ML modeling tool that allows data scientists to visualize their pipelines and easily deploy their models. In the coming months, MakinaRocks plans to launch Runway™, a MLOps platform for manufacturing and industrial sectors.
Founded in 2017, MakinaRocks operates offices in Seoul, Korea and Silicon Valley, US with a team of 80 employees, 75% of whom are engineers. MakinaRocks raised $11.5 million from its 2018 seed-round funding and 2020 Series A funding from prestigious global investors, including Hyundai Motor Company (KRX: 005380), SK Telecom (KRX: 017670), LG Technology Ventures, Applied Ventures and Korea Development Bank. Experts highlighted that this was a rare occurrence for a startup to bring together major Korean conglomerates for a Series A funding round. In 2021, MakinaRocks was previously named as one of the “World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers,” a list occupied by brands like Google, Airbnb and Palantir Technologies.