Columbus entrepreneur’s start-up selected for national program

An Indianapolis-based startup is in its first stint of a three-month program that helps early stage entrepreneurs and late stage startups transform from a $1 million company into a $1 billion company.

Conversight.ai, led by Columbus entrepreneur Ganesh Gandhieswaran, was one of 11 international startups selected to participate in the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator. Conversight.ai is similar to personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, but Athena, Conversight’s personal assistant, delivers business data.

Gandhieswaran said he got the idea for the platform after working in data analytics for several years where he oversaw a team that created data-rich reports that only a handful of people used. Through Conversight.ai, data becomes easily accessible with just the sound of your voice.

“Think of businesses like Cummins — they have a lot of data and their customers have a lot of engines,” Gandhieswaran said. “What if their customer wants to know the emission rate for an engine? What if you can have a Google access the data? So what we are building with Conversight.ai is conversationally like a human — you can talk to your technology system.”

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