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Founded by TU Munich alums, trail closes €1.45M to build trustworthy AI solutions

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Munich-based trail building the copilot for AI governance has closed €1.45 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by early-stage investor CapitalT (which invested in eComID and CUR8), with participation from NP-Hard Ventures, Mozilla Ventures, Common Magic, and various business angels.

How will it use the investment?

The fresh capital will help accelerate trail’s product development, expand its talented team, and strengthen its market position as the go-to solution for AI governance in Europe.

Eva de Mol, Founding Partner at CapitalT, said: “We were impressed by the complementary strengths of the founders and their AI-driven approach to bridging technical and compliance challenges. We are convinced that trail is set out to lead this essential market.”

Mohamed Nanabhay, Managing Partner of Mozilla Ventures, added: “At Mozilla Ventures, we have always championed trustworthy AI. The team at trail shares our vision and we are proud to support them. Their developer-first approach to AI compliance will make them an integral tool for companies seeking efficient AI governance.”  

How was the idea born?

With the rapid evolution of AI and impending regulations, trust in this technology is crucial. trail was founded in 2023 by Anna Spitznagel, Nikolaus Pinger, and Sven Hölzel. They met during their studies at TU Munich and the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). They experienced the bureaucratic challenges and a lack of transparency in AI firsthand, which led them to merge trust and efficiency in building the platform for AI governance. 

What does trail do?

trail’s AI governance copilot addresses this urgent demand by providing a developer-friendly solution for scalable, trustworthy AI development. The platform aggregates, analyses, and structures AI project data and bridges the gap between interdisciplinary stakeholders to enable compliant AI at scale.

Companies that develop or deploy AI solutions use trail to automate governance workflows, technical documentation, and transparency to prepare for the EU AI Act and certifications like ISO 42001. To get started, trail offers a free self-assessment tool on their website that helps determine the risk class and obligations of the EU AI Act for any AI use case.

“We are in the perfect time and position to continue tackling this very important and rapidly growing market of AI governance. The mission of trail is to empower companies deeply committed to AI quality and trust, enabling responsible AI development and use without additional overhead”, added co-founder and CEO, Anna Spitznagel. 

What do we think about trail?

Trail shows strong potential with its pre-seed funding and a focus on AI governance amid rapid AI advancements. Founded by experienced TU Munich alumni, the company addresses critical compliance and transparency needs. Its developer-friendly platform and alignment with upcoming regulations position it as a key player in ensuring trustworthy AI development in Europe.

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