AKKADU - A Story of a Foreign Startup in China

Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 2:30 PM (GMT+4)

About this event

Startup Grind Beijing together with Startup Grind Tbilisi presents

A Story of Foreign a Startup in China

From the Tower of Babel to Covid-19: Transformation and investment rounds for an AI and Human translation startup

Every year in May and this year in June, Startup Grind hosts #SGWomen Leaders Month - proudly recognizing the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. These women are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives and more, who represent our community. They are the women who exemplify profound leadership skills, hard-work, humility, and success and demonstrate their strength with devotion to the work they do every day.

This time we are happy to host Eve Zhao - Co-Founder and VP at Akkadu.

In April 2018, China, Eve met Alvaro from Spain who was working on a translation subtitle solution called Akkadu on a Startup Grind event in Beijing, as she wanted to explore how to do a startup project in language service industry and translation subtitle was quite hot at that time, so she soon decided to team up with Alvaro and his co-founder Tuomo, a machine learning engineer from Finland. Very interesting, Alvaro and Tuomo also knew each other through Startup Grind network! Later on in June 2018, Akkadu pivoted to a remote simultaneous interpreting platform.

Currently, with 10 team member from 8 different countries, Akkadu evolved into a remote simultaneous interpreting platform connecting human interpreters and event organisers who need interpretations service globally, making simultaneous interpreting service much easier to be delivered, generating revenue and closed a 3.6M seed round investment in September, 2019, backed by a Top-3 voice recognition company in China. Akkadu is still on the way of iterating based on market and user needs. Eve looks forward to seeing anyone who is interested in high quality and inspiring multilingual content can be benefit by Akkadu in the future! And through Akkadu, people around the world can better know, respect and communicate with each other!

We could not wait to hear from Eve the experiences that Akkadu went during COVID-19 when offline events got canceled, what problems did they face, what’s new with Akkadu and most importantly how did they start it.

Join us on 24 June at 2:30pm (Georgia Time) to get inspired and learn about:

1.Story of Akkadu

2.Investment rounds for human and AI translation startup

3. Transformation with new reality


2:30 PM - 3:00: Welcoming & Networking

3:00 PM - 3:10 PM: Introduction

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM: Fireside Chat and Q&A with Eve Zhao

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: After Party

*Event will be translated from English to Chinese using Akkadu platform



Akkadu is a platform streaming content in different languages by using remote simultaneous interpreters. Combining the best of human and AI translation, we strive to revolutionize the internationalization of online content. Akkadu gives the audience the opportunity to listen and learn in their own language. Akkadu gives every language a voice and every voice a listener.



Wednesday, Jun 24
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (+04)

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  • Tiko Mamuchashvili

    Tiko Mamuchashvili

    Startup Grind

    Community Manager, Europe

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  • Colin Donohue

    Colin Donohue

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    Giorgi Tukhashvili

    Startup Grind Tbilsi


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    Nia Basaria

    Startup Grind Tbilisi

    Communications Coordinator

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    Tamar Tukhashvili

    Startup Grind Tbilisi

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    Merab Tevdorashvili

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