Black AI


A distributed information platform to drive robotic automation in complex environments.

Founded by Keaton Okkonen and Karthik Naarayanan, Black AI provide an automation platform and distributed perception stack to drive autonomous decision making and robotic service delivery in any environment.

Joining the Accelerator in 2016, the team has since worked closely with companies including groups including CSIRO, Waterfront Toronto, Microsoft, Volkswagen, and Audi Research, and raised $1.2 million in seed funding in 2018 to develop and deploy its robotics and artificial intelligence solution into Australian supermarkets.

Black AI's backers included Blackbird Ventures, Right Click Capital, Pan Group and Canadian VC firm Saltagen Ventures, and even a number of angel investors including Macquarie Bank’s head of personal banking Ben Perham, and William Tunstall-Pedoe, who was the entrepreneur behind the voice recognition system that became Amazon’s Alexa.

Karthik Rajgopal


Keaton Okkonen

Co-founder & CEO

Sebastien Coller


Michelle Mannering


Michelle is a Content Producer in the realms of innovation and technology. Known as the “Hackathon Queen” you'll often find her on stage MC’ing or speaking on a range of topics from artificial intelligence, to business, community engagement, the future of work, and esports. She’s the founder of several tech companies and is one of the driving forces behind Melbourne’s startup and entrepreneurial culture. Mish is also an accomplished facilitator and journalist with a background in science, media, events, communications, and marketing.

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