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Meet 7 women developing AI startups in Asia Pacific

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The Korean housing crisis, the high carbon footprint of Japan’s tourism, the mental health of Indian customer service workers — these are just three of the problems that Asia-based women entrepreneurs are solving for with AI. Through the Women Founders Fund, Google’s first-ever fund for women founders, we’re proud to support some of these incredible projects.

Meet the seven fund recipients.

  • A person smiles and poses for a picture in front of plants.

    Emiri Grimes is the founder of Yuimedi, a Japan-based startup that uses AI to simplify medical data and make it usable without needing any code. With this, medical researchers can create medical data registries at scale and better support patients and healthcare workers.

  • A person smiles and stands in front of a wall with her arms crossed.

    Jamie Jeong is the CTO and co-founder of Zenerate. Based in Korea, Zenerate uses AI to quickly generate building designs for real estate development feasibility studies. Zenerate’s goal is to improve the supply of affordable housing around the world, starting with Korea and the U.S.

  • A person poses for a picture with her arms crossed and a smile.

    Sophiya Jagannathan founded MetaShop in India to help businesses create photorealistic 3D assets at scale using only a video input. Using AI has resulted in a process that is 10 times quicker than most solutions in the market, and comes at a mere quarter of the cost.

  • A person with blonde hair poses for a picture with her arms crossed and a smile.

    Shawny Kwon from Korea built Munice to help people get better quality sleep. Munice’s app relies on AI to analyze a person’s health data and preferences— then produces customized and unique brainwave sounds that lead them to better sleep.

  • A headshot of a person with short black hair, hoop earings, and a black top

    Eiko Nakazawa started ikura to enhance the Japan travel experience. Through AI, ikura provides tailored off-the-beaten-path recommendations to travelers while supporting local businesses with sustainable and scalable tourism solutions.

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    Hyejun Lee, Korea-based founder of Kai Health, wants to help people through the pregnancy process. Kai Health uses AI to analyze embryo images and clinical data to select the most viable embryo for a potential pregnancy, leading to improved pregnancy rates per cycle, reduced time to pregnancy, and reduced costs.

  • A headshot of a person with long dark hair, a dark green top, against a backdrop of plants

    Megha Aggarwal, co-founder of India-based Fundamento, uses AI to automate support for customer inquiries that are manual and repetitive. Their goal is to help clients better manage customer queries and reduce frontline costs by up to 80%.

Every recipient will be granted an equity-free cash award of $100,000 and dedicated mentorship to grow their startups. Seven women from India, Japan and Korea have been selected as recipients, each using AI to address some of the most critical challenges in Asia Pacific and globally.

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