In the summer of 2018, when studying at the Eindhoven University of Technology, FruitPunch AI founder Buster Franken wanted to join an AI community to learn how to apply AI, but couldn’t find such a thing in his hometown. Thus he decided to start one together with a group of friends from his university.
They knew the focus had to be on teaching practical skills, but how could they motivate nerds from all backgrounds to learn about AI? With this thought in mind they participated in the yearly Robocup competition in Montreal (which they won ;).
Between matches the people maintaining the network offered them a glass of fruit punch and when they started talking it turned out they normally organised e-sports competitions with thousands of visitors. It is there they put 2 and 2 together and knew they were organising an AI esports competition as first event! And name the community FruitPunch AI.
Soon FruitPunch AI was organising all kinds of events and Buster knew more good could be done. Students should not only learn how to apply technically, but also learn how to use it to make this world a better place. Thus the focus shifted to the application of AI for Good!
Now 2020, still something was missing. It was scale! To multiply the positive impact of FruitPunch AI Buster developed a sustainable business model and with this attracted half a million in seed investment from LUMO Labs, an impact investor.