Baidu Ventures

Machine Intelligence is transforming the way we live

BV works with entrepreneurs to transform and reconstruct the world through artificial intelligence. We’re investing time, expertise, data, access, and market insights to help change the world. Faster.


“Artificial intelligence is the ember that will eventually illuminate the path to a new future. ”

— Robin Li, Founder of Baidu

What we do

BV is an independent venture fund established by Baidu in 2017. BV's investors include Baidu as well as other leading financial institutions and businesses. BV currently manages roughly $500M USD across 3 funds, and has offices in Beijing and San Francisco.

Our mission is to support entrepreneurs and companies who are spearheading the new age of artificial intelligence. These companies are changing the way we work and live—and ultimately how we interact.

From quantum computing to computational genetics, smart cities to precision medicine, Baidu Ventures invests at the forefront of the AI revolution, with an eye toward the massive changes to industry powered by AI.

We know what it takes to build a data-driven company. We believe in finding the best entrepreneurs and giving them the necessary fuel and direction to turn their vision into reality. By leveraging our partnerships, our access to data annotation & collection, computing power, technical talent & advice, and unique datasets, as well as our singular focus on the technologies that emerge during this AI era, we try to see ourselves as co-founders of every company we invest in.

We seek extraordinary founders, with unique visions for the future, who can inspire and partner with us. And we’re willing to take big risks on companies working to change the future.

Investment Philosophy

What We're Looking For

AI is transforming the way we live and work


Enabled by AI

As our ability to collect, ingest, and process data increases, we want to invest in companies who are harnessing AI to improve the efficiency of nodes, economic efficiency, and decision making.


Everything Enabling AI

Deep tech entrepreneurs and tinkerers who redefine what’s possible, including core developments in algorithms, sensors, new computing paradigms, chips, distributed storage systems, and more.


Compute in New Contexts

Entrepreneurs are rethinking the way technology intersects with everyday life, produces our goods, and helps us make decisions. We want to invest in a new generation of companies creating and resulting from these changes.

Portfolio Companies

The sparks of vision that are changing the world

Bo Chuang Lian Dong

Intelligent machinery for agriculture.

Unique Access & Resources Beyond Capital

Strap on some rocket boosters🚀

Market strategy, insights & access

As companies grow and develop, investors have the unique vantage point of being able to advise and observe trends across industries. As a fund operating across the US and China—two of today’s most exciting markets—we bring a unique view of what it takes to scale and defend a business internationally.

Technical talent and expert advice

BV's relationships across Baidu and other technology companies mean we can rapidly bring key technical thought leaders and their opinions to bear. Whether you are looking for advice on scaling your infrastructure, the pros and cons of different ML frameworks, or hardware/sensor integration, BV’s advisors and mentor network can help you solve problems quicker and outperform your competitors.

Supercharging your product development cycle

BV has unique access to an array of tools typically limited to tech giants, such as compute power (FPGA / GPU clouds), ML tools & frameworks, and data annotation resources (15,000 trained data annotators & project managers available to help you rapidly increase accuracy in your models).

Unique datasets

We help portfolio companies get early access to (or to create) unique, high-value datasets for training ML systems.

International Perspective

We organize opportunities for portfolio companies to learn about startup culture and meet potential partners in China (and internationally) through site visits, meetups, and collective trips.

Founder network

Since our investments are focused on startups working along the data pipeline, founders face similar challenges. We know that sometimes, founders can be the best mentors for one another. So, we create opportunities for founders to interact and short circuit some common challenges.


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