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Jina AI Named to 2021 CB Insights AI 100 List of Most Innovative Artificial Intelligence Startups


BERLIN, April 7, 2021 – Today, Jina AI is named to the fifth annual CB Insights AI 100 ranking, showcasing the 100 most promising private artificial intelligence companies in the world.

In just one year, Jina AI has grown from a team of three to a world-recognized open-source AI startup. We are delighted and grateful to see the impact that open-source AI is bringing to the technology world,” said Dr. Han Xiao, Founder and CEO of Jina AI, “We will continue to stay true to the open source model and are committed to benefitting all developers and businesses.”

Jina is a new design pattern for building search AI in production. Every era has its design patterns, and that holds true for both programming languages and search systems. Today’s search queries go far beyond simple keywords, encompassing audio, video, images, and more, powered by AI-centric underlying algorithms. Jina is built for the searches of today, and, unlike legacy design patterns, offers modern and intuitive idioms for building neural search systems in production.

“This is the fifth year CB Insights has recognized the most promising private artificial intelligence companies with the AI 100, and this is one of the most global groups we’ve ever seen. This year’s cohort spans 18 industries, and is working on everything from climate risk to accelerating drug R&D,” said CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal. “Last year’s AI 100 companies had a remarkable run after being named to the list, with more than 50% going on to raise additional financing (totaling $5.2B), including 16 $100 million+ mega-rounds. Many also went on to exit via M&A, SPAC or IPO. As industry after industry adopts AI, we expect this year’s class will see similar levels of interest from investors, acquirers and customers.”

Through an evidence-based approach, the CB Insights research team selected the AI 100 from a pool of over 6,000 companies based on several factors including patent activity, investor quality, news sentiment analysis, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, partnerships, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty.

Quick facts on the 2021 AI 100:

Equity funding and deals: Since 2010, the AI 100 2021 cohort has raised over $11.7B in equity funding across 370+ deals from more than 700 investors.

12 unicorns: Companies with $1B+ valuations on the list span applications as varied as data annotation, cybersecurity, sales & CRM platforms, and enterprise search.

Geographic distribution: 64% of the selected companies are headquartered in the US. Eight of the winners are based in the UK, followed by six each in China and Israel, and five in Canada. Other countries represented in this year’s list include Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Germany, and South Korea.

The AI 100 (2021) Market Landscape:

AI 100 Market Map

About Jina AI

Jina AI provides an open-source neural search ecosystem for businesses and developers, allowing everyone to search for information in all kinds of data with high availability and scalability. To learn more, please visit