ThoughtRiver wins Innovate UK funding to develop ‘thinking AI’
UK News

ThoughtRiver logoThoughtRiver, the Cambridge-based leader in contract pre-screening technology, today announces that it has been awarded funding from Innovate UK for a £400,000 development project.

ThoughtRiver – whose platform automatically reads and reviews commercial contracts for pre-screening purposes – works with large multinational companies and law firms in US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The radical research concept – codenamed DBA – represents a significant advance in the ability of computers to rationalise complex problems in novel scenarios based on self-taught logic. The resulting technology will enable increasingly sophisticated and higher-level questions about previously unseen contracts to be automatically answered.

The project will be progressed in collaboration with NLP consultancy iLexIR and its founder Professor Ted Briscoe of Cambridge University.

ThoughtRiver was founded in early 2015 and their technology was developed by working with senior NLP and machine learning experts in Cambridge. The company has already pioneered numerous advanced technologies that automatically summarise and review the risk within contracts in minutes.


Increased industry adoption of AI technology will allow professional services firms to provide more valuable and powerful risk management, auditing and insurance services to consumers, corporates and shareholders. It will also support the UK’s leadership in these important industries as recognised by the Innovate UK fund and initiatives such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Co-chair of APPG AI Lord Tim Clement-Jones commented “I am a strong advocate of world-leading AI R&D taking place in the UK – especially in the context of key export industries such as legal services – and thrilled that Tim and the ThoughtRiver team have been awarded this project”.

The project – the brainchild of the collaborators – will make cutting edge AI technology available to a broader audience by enabling lay users to get answers to powerful questions without significant training or configuration effort.

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Tim Pullan, CEO of ThoughtRiver, said, “We have invested heavily in ground breaking digitisation technology to bring contracting into the 21st century. This project represents a further significant step forward and we are honoured to be recognised by Innovate UK and to be working on another project with Ted and his team.”


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