CetoAI, the maritime predictive analytics company, have raised £1.5 million in seed funding, led by Howden Ventures with participation from Chaucer Group, Founders Factory, and existing investors from the Business Investors Group.
This marks a significant step for CetoAI's growth ambitions as they continue to bring artificial intelligence applications to the maritime and insurance sectors that identify machinery breakdown risks earlier than conventional detection methods.
The global maritime sector is facing multiple challenges around reliability, decarbonisation, and digitisation. CetoAI’s technology enables clients to make data driven decisions whilst simultaneously reducing machinery breakdowns and carbon emissions through the Watchkeeper and CarbonID solutions, helping shipowners and insurers transition to digitally enabled operations.
Tony Hildrew, Founder & CEO of CetoAI, said, "We are delighted to welcome a host of new investors to CetoAI. Having the support and access to an unparalleled network, including ties to some of the largest ship owners and operators across the maritime sector, will help support our significant growth ambitions over the coming years. The strong relationships, which our new investors formed throughout the years, raise and shared vision for new predictive analytics technologies in the space. This meant that the decision on where to take capital from was an easy one when we opened the round. We couldn’t be happier with how this fund raise went."
Tom Hoad, Head of Howden Ventures, added, “It was clear from the outset that CetoAI’s technology was borne out of years of experience with commercial vessels. This client understanding, coupled with Howden Venture’s MGA platform, represents a step change in the way that vast streams of data will be used across maritime and marine insurance underwriting. It is great to witness the industry collectively coming together to use collaboration and innovation to address some of the world’s most pressing risks.”
CetoAI have also announced a strategic partnership between CetoAI and Chaucer Group, which is poised to accelerate innovation, improve risk management, and drive advancements that will benefit both the maritime industry and the broader marine insurance sector. The marine and innovation team at Chaucer will work closely with CetoAI over the coming months, providing deep industry expertise around the marine market as the company moves towards the delivery of a new insurance product.
James Irvine, Head of Marine Global Hull Lines at Chaucer added, "CetoAI are pushing the boundaries of data and analytics in the marine industry. Their unique technology enables not only risk response, but true risk prevention and mitigation. Our partnership with CetoAI is the perfect marriage between innovation and insurance, enabling us to develop new solutions for the marine insurance market, ones that deliver real value to clients.”