Former US President Bill Clinton paid a visit to Saint Lucia last week, dropping in on artificial intelligence (AI) startup Ojo Labs in Vieux Fort, the southernmost town of the Caribbean island.
Clinton had arrived in the country to participate in the official opening ceremony for a solar farm built by the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC).
After the inauguration, the former President drove straight to Ojo Labs, whose AI solutions help American property developers identify potential buyers.
“I am extremely grateful to President Clinton and his team for taking time out during his trip to Saint Lucia to visit our innovative and talented team at Ojo Labs,” stated the island’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in a Facebook post.
Starting this summer, Ojo Labs is hiring 20 new people every month, increasing its Saint Lucia headcount to 700 by the year 2020, according to Chastanet.
“Not only are these young people being taught IT skills but their knowledge of the real estate market and selling internationally is being greatly enhanced at this state of the art facility,” the Prime Minister added.
In May this year, Ojo Labs raised US$20.5 million in venture capital, saying it will soon begin hiring talent for data science and engineering teams.
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the startup has developed an AI bot that can interact with real estate consumers to answer questions about the home-buying process. The caller’s intent and preferences are then shared with associated real estate companies.