Five Innovative Ways Startups are Using Generative AI to Transform Businesses

Generative AI models like Chat GPT, CoPilot, and Dall-E are gaining prominence and are transforming business operations across industries in multiple ways. 

Generative AI is artificial intelligence built on pre-trained, large-language models that can generate or create new content, images, speech, code, video, or other types of data that resemble human-generated content. These models are developed using machine learning, deep learning, general adversarial networks, or neural network architectures and have made phenomenal strides recently. 

Many small, medium, and large-sized corporations and startups are adopting generative AI as it offers them a competitive advantage in scalability, decision-making, and efficiency. A Gartner report estimates that by 2025, generative AI will account for 10 percent of all the data produced, which was less than one percent in 2021(1)

Operating as a creative assistant

Ideating products, creating social media copy, drafting press releases, producing music and videos, and writing code have been done by humans. However, lately, these tasks are being sourced to generative AI applications. 

Startups feed large datasets into complex algorithms to generate novel and innovative ideas. Through this, startups discover opportunities, reduce production/creation time, gain insights into customer preferences and behaviour, and draw creative inspiration. A Gartner report states that by 2030, a major blockbuster movie will be released with 90 percent of the film generated by AI, which stood at 0 percent in 2022(2)

Also, for a struggling startup, the AI models help generate required collateral like drafting a job ad, searching for potential venture partners, or crafting a grant funding proposal. All the output must be vetted for quality, correctness, and utility to ensure it adds value to the business. 

For instance, generative AI has also played a significant role in reducing drug discovery costs and timelines in the pharmaceutical industry. The development of a drug from discovery to market would cost about USD 1.8 billion and ideally take about three to six years. However, there have been use cases wherein drugs have been developed with the help of AI in months. Similarly, generative AI applications make an ideal creative assistant. 

Revolutionising sales operations

Generative AI is revolutionising the way startups approach sales and customer engagement. A generative AI acts as a virtual assistant that automates time-intensive tasks, such as scheduling meetings, composing emails, and preparing notes. 

Also, generative AI can replace web-to-lead forms with personalised engagements by producing fast, tailored customer communications based on historical data and interactions. It can reduce the workload of customer service agents while providing fast and accurate responses to customers, thereby deepening existing relationships and acquiring new customers through frictionless buying experiences. 

Finally, generative AI can also automate prospecting by crafting personalised emails to engage with the most promising prospects. It can be combined with predictive modelling to forecast customer behaviour and convert prospects into customers.

Personalising advertising

With the growing number of business entities and similar products, brands must work hard to stand out from their competition to attract customers. One of the ways companies do that is through advertising. Startups can employ generative AI to create personalised ads using customer data. 

For instance, an airline corporation used generative AI to produce over 2,000 distinct advertisements (3) tailored to a specific customer based on their travel history, social media activity, and other relevant data. The individual targeting resulted in a 50 percent increase in click-through rates compared to their standard advertising campaigns. 

Assisting in fraud detection and risk management

As more companies adopt digitalisation, it also introduces the need for risk management and fraud detection. This is typically more necessary for fintech startups that handle sensitive financial information and transactions and are prone to hacking. Generative AI can detect anomalous and fraudulent transactions, recognise patterns and verify customer identity. For example, a startup can use generative AI to analyse customer purchase behaviours and identify transactions outside the norm. 

It can also help startups maintain an appropriate level of risk exposure and identify possible risk areas. It can assist in minimising losses resulting from inadequate risk management. Therefore, it helps the business make informed decisions and improve the overall security and safety of the company. 

Using synthetic data to mimic real-world data 

Synthetic or artificially manufactured data is rising in popularity among organisations because it is more cost-effective and productive than collecting and processing real-world data. Synthetic data enables users to generate data easily, quickly and digitally as per their specifications and in any amount they desire. It is especially beneficial when dealing with large datasets or collecting sensitive data that must be protected, particularly sensitive health, personal, and financial data. 

Generative AI models can use synthetic data that mimics real-world data’s statistical properties and structure and feed them into different machine learning and AI models to improve their performance and accuracy. A Gartner study showed that synthetic data is expected to account for 60 percent of all the data used in the development of AI by 2024 (4).

For example, a business that wants to create a single image from a labelling service could currently spend as much as USD six. However, if the same image were to be generated through the AI model pre-trained with synthetic data, it would cost about six cents. And all of this can be done while complying with privacy laws and protecting user privacy, as synthetic data supports both of these crucial aspects.

Generative AI will continue to gain prominence, and its market is projected to reach USD 110.8 billion (5) by 2030. Asia Pacific stands to be the fastest-growing regional market, with developers focusing on fine-tuning generative AI audio and video models to boost content creation at scale with quality, diversity, and accessibility in mind.