© Twitter profile Pranjali Awasthi, a young Indian proves that anything is possible. While most 16-year-olds have other fish to fry, this one is already at the head of a start-up in the AI sector. A company already valued at $12 million, in an increasingly competitive field. How did she get there?
An early start in the world of tech
For Pranjali, it all started very early. Her first contacts with computers began at the age of 7 when she started coding. His family quickly moved from India to Florida. There, she will continue computer lessons and mathematics competitions.
From that moment, everything accelerated. She entered an internship at the age of 13 at the Florida Internal University, where she has the opportunity to study machine learning more intensively. At the same time, she continues to take her secondary school courses.
In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic rages, she will take this opportunity to devote even more hours to her internship at university. She devotes no less than 20 hours per week to research.
From the discovery of ChatGPT to the birth of Delv.AI
When OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT in 2020, Pranjali quickly understood the potential of the language model for use in research and data extraction. This is where he came up with the idea of founding his own company, Delv.AI. A way to fill the gaps in traditional search engines.
Even if the project was not completely designed, she declares: “I knew I wanted to build a company that used machine learning to extract data and break down data silos. Extensive program.
In 2021, she is participating in the famous hackathon Miami Hack Week,where she will meet two key people, Dave Fontenot and Lucy Guo, partners at Backend Capital. Dave and Lucy are co-founders of a start-up incubator called HF0, to which they will open the door. For 3 months, she participated in the program to start her business.
Arriving at the age of 15, she finally launched Delv.AI in beta version which showed immediate success with large investors. Quickly, Delv.AI was valued at $12 million. Solid although modest funds in the tech field.
Today, Pranjali leads a small team of employees, and university studies do not seem to be its priority. She now focuses her efforts entirely on her start-up and her passion for AI. A young entrepreneur who was able to be there in the right place and at the right time to show that she had something to contribute in the field.
- Pranjali Awasthi, 16 years old, was passionate about computers and coding at a very young age.
- By moving to Florida, she increased the opportunities to progress and meet people.
- At her 15 years ago, she founded Delv.AI, a start-up in the AI sector valued at $12 million.