OpenAI, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) developer, is reportedly in talks for a potential funding round that could exceed $100 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter. This development was detailed in a recent Bloomberg report, which highlighted the growing interest and investment in the AI sector.
As the AI industry experiences a surge in funding, OpenAI has entered preliminary discussions with investors for this significant investment. The context for these discussions follows a recent financing milestone in the AI field, where French AI startup Mistral AI secured approximately $415 million to enhance its generative AI tools, chatbot development, and customizable features.
Details of OpenAI’s Potential Funding Round
While the funding round for OpenAI is still in the negotiation phase, the specifics regarding terms, valuation, and timing remain under discussion. If successful, this investment would position OpenAI as the second-most valuable startup in the United States, only behind the aerospace technology company SpaceX.
OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has not publicly commented on the potential funding round. However, he has previously acknowledged 2023 as a pivotal year for AI, noting a significant increase in public interest and recognition of the technology.
OpenAI’s Ongoing Investment in AI Startups
This news comes amidst OpenAI’s continued efforts to foster growth within the AI startup ecosystem. On December 15, it was reported that OpenAI had launched the application phase for the second cohort of its six-week AI startup program, Converge 2. The program, with a total funding pool of $15 million, offers each of 15 selected companies an investment of $1 million.
This initiative is part of OpenAI’s broader strategy to support AI development, following its inaugural funding program in November 2022. During this initial round, 12 AI startups received $1 million each to advance their AI projects and innovations.