Vancouver, BC – August 31, 2020 – Minerva Intelligence Inc. (TSXV: MVAI) (“Minerva” or the “Company”), an artificial intelligence company focused on knowledge engineering, is pleased to provide a corporate update related to the Company’s commercialization strategy.
Since the February corporate update, the Company has successfully executed on its previously disclosed go-to-market strategy that included delivering solutions for commercial use and the launch of Minerva’s GAIA mapping suite. Both of these approaches have resulted in revenue-producing contracts, successful commercialization of several of products, and the impending debut of others.
“We’ve accomplished many of our goals thus far in 2020 and look forward to turning products into additional contracts throughout the rest of the year with the goal and expectation of surpassing internal benchmarks,” said Scott Tillman, Chief Executive Officer of Minerva. “As the metals and mining industries benefit from continued interest by investors and rising prices of real assets, Minerva stands to directly benefit, as these types of companies seek out creative ways to incorporate innovative technology that can reduce costs and provide precision when drilling. Our technology has the potential to be at the forefront of this change, and over the past six months we have seen a significant shift towards this being the case.”
Key Economic Geology (TERRA) Highlights
During the second quarter and current quarter, Minerva has put the finishing touches on its DRIVER product, which uses proprietary software to search for deep insights into multi-element drilling data. There has been great buzz in the industry on DRIVER, and the positive reaction it is generating, combined with advanced discussions with a number of potential partners, lead the Company to be confident that DRIVER will soon generate multiple sales.
Minerva also recently increased the global visibility of its TERRA Mining AI suite, which provides solutions for every stage of the exploration and mining process, by partnering with technology resellers to establish local footprints in key regions. Through a partnership with Allinno, the Company now has an active sales force in the Australian and New Zealand markets, while the Company’s reseller agreement with Trigteq offers the ability to market in local language to China, Russia, and Mongolia.
Minerva’s LEO software has debuted as the Company’s first fully SaaS (software as a service) product and has begun to build a strong client base. LEO is an advanced document management system that allows quick indexing, tagging, geotagging and searching of documents and data. The Company is currently in the process of having LEO included in mining-focused SaaS platforms, including Oren (a new mining software marketplace run by IBM and Shell) and Axora, a similar platform with deep ties to major mining interests.
SOLACE, Minerva’s software/service solution for standardizing and harmonizing data, has been built out into a standalone product, with the data maintenance solution now available as a SaaS product; this aspect of SOLACE is also being incorporated into the mining software platforms noted above. The SOLACE software continues to be a lynchpin for other TERRA solution offerings.
Key Natural Hazards (GAIA) Highlights
In the most recent quarter, Minerva’s Natural Hazards section was awarded its largest-ever contract to-date. The contract, awarded with domain-expert partner Ebbwater Consulting, will see the Company provide a National Flood Hazard Data Layer for Natural Resources Canada.
Q2 2020 also saw the debut of GAIA Sea to Sky Hazard Map to the general public. Users can now create an account and freely navigate the webmap. Debuting the map in this fashion has allowed Minerva to identify users and their needs and tailor the map accordingly. Marketing efforts based on the insights acquired have led to discussions for collaboration with governmental agencies and international engineering firms, which are proceeding apace.
Minerva’s other landslide map currently in production, for the Veneto Region in Italy, has also been signing up users, and has led to a significant proposal to develop a geotechnical taxonomy for the IRPI, part of Italy’s National Research Council.
Minerva’s rainfall flood mapping application, GAIA Flood, is set to debut in Q3. The Company’s novel approach to flood mapping has already led to robust conversations with insurance providers, insurtech companies, engineering firms, and flood mitigation specialists around the world. Minerva is currently in discussions for collaboration on a multi-hazard map incorporating client proprietary data and the Company’s unique cognitive AI technology to create a revolutionary new hazard prediction product, with commercial appeal across multiple sectors.
In April, Minerva welcomed Craig Tuckman to the Board of Directors. Mr. Tuckman, an economics graduate of The University of Chicago, has over 20 years of executive experience in the Mining & Metals sector. Craig currently serves as the Head of Marketing, Metals Americas for Mitsui Busan Commodities (USA) Inc., where his responsibilities include business development for Americas Metals clients, marketing team management, new product development and desk support.
In August, Minerva was honored to have been named one of the five most promising companies in mining technologies by StartUs Insights, a European data science company monitoring start-ups, technologies & industry trends. This recognition shows that the Company’s marketing efforts are bearing fruit, and we believe that further steps forward will be made in coming quarters.
Minerva also announces that it has retained Mackie Research Capital Corporation (“MRCC”) to provide market making services to the Company in compliance with the policies and guidelines of the TSX Venture Exchange and other applicable legislation. Under the terms of the agreement, MRCC will receive $4,500 per month. There are no performance factors contained in the agreement and MRCC will not receive shares or options as compensation.
For more details, please refer to our recently filed Q2 financials with SEDAR.
About Minerva Intelligence, Inc.
Minerva Intelligence Inc. is a knowledge engineering company based in Vancouver, Canada, with a subsidiary office in Darmstadt, Germany. Their proprietary evidence-based decision-making software is bringing the benefits of artificial intelligence technology to industries dependent on reasoning with complex technical and scientific data. Although Minerva’s applications currently focus on earth science-related domains including natural hazards and mineral exploration, their technology has application in diverse industries and domains.
Minerva’s common shares are currently listed on the TSX Venture (symbol MVAI).
For further details, please refer to their website www.minervaintelligence.com.
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