By 2026, we will empower 100,000 visionary engineers to use AI to cut their product development cycle in half.
Our core values
The Monolith story
Started with Richard Ahlfeld in September 2016
First paying projects with clients in March 2018 ( L’Oreal, McLaren, Airbus)
Pre-seed round in August 2018
Seed round of £1.9M in April 2019
Reached 20 employees in January 2020
Named a “Gartner Cool Vendor” in May 2020
Series A funding of £8.5M in July 2021
London office opened in March 2022
AI leaders in theory & practice
- Monolith was founded as a spin-off from a PhD project on uncertainty quantification, and is run by a team holding various PhDs across Engineering and Data Science.
- Monolith boasts an Innovate UK grant to research Explainable AI.
- Monolith has partnered with universities like Imperial, Cambridge, and ISAE-Supaéro to develop our AI capability and empower research through the use of our platform:
- Making CFD surrogate models 30% more accurate by training on all flow field data.
- Improving turbomachinery blade design with machine learning using autoencoders, in collaboration with Rolls Royce.
- Developing new methods of optimisation by combining continuous and categorical variables.
- Monolith has proprietary algorithms handling 3D data that are patent pending. We're members and contributors of NAFEMS.
Explore our customer case studiesLearn how we empowered teams from all over the world, leveraging our AI tool to help them build products faster and more cost-efficiently using engineering data.
“It almost gives us superpowers.”
“I am convinced this team is one step ahead of everybody else.”
“With Monolith, I'll empower engineers to develop better products up to 10x faster.”
“... AI extends the abilities of engineers to save time and unleashes innovation even without the benefit of CAD access...”
Our start-up story
Monolith was founded in 2016 by Dr. Richard Ahlfeld, born from his PhD at Imperial College London and NASA. Boosted by joining the FoundersFactory 6-month Accelerator Programme in January 2018, he built a diverse team of engineers, data scientists, and software developers to achieve his company vision. Supported by an international commercial and consultant experience, our team is the heart of Monolith.
The Monolith AI leadership team
Rebecca is leading Monolith's marketing efforts while helping to drive success across the business at scale. She brings decades of global B2B business, sales, and marketing experience and her teams have won numerous business and industry awards. She is a board advisor, speaker, author, and university marketing instructor.
Customer Success Manager
Isabel leads the Customer Success team, who are responsible for ensuring our customers achieve value and are empowered to use the Monolith platform. Isabel has 6 years of experience in computational fluid dynamics, previously working in Climate Systems at Jaguar Land Rover. She was awarded the TechWomen100 Award in 2019.
Software Engineering Manager
With a background in delivering mission-critical applications in the defense industry, Calvin is responsible for our Software Team who build and support our platform. Starting out in research and development, he moved on to leading teams building high availability systems before bringing his expertise to Monolith.
Oliver J. Walter
General Manager of Automotive
Mr. Walter brings an extensive sales and operations background to Monolith, spanning 25+ years in the Automotive industry. He joins Monolith from BMW Group where he served over 19 years in various positions from i.e. “Head of Sales Management Germany”, over “Head of Global Product-/ Launch Management BMW i3” to “Senior Program Manager Digitalization R&D”. Previously to leading vital initiatives in the BMW Group, Oliver J. Walter has worked in management, consulting and leadership positions in companies like KPMG, Ford Werke AG and Porsche AG.
We are genuine.
We bring our true selves to work and celebrate those little quirks that make us different.
We have a culture of learning.
We encourage new ideas, out-of-the-box thinkers, and risk-takers.
We are all human and sometimes we make mistakes.
But we brush ourselves off and try again. Our culture encourages freedom, flexibility, and creativity.
Are you ready for AI?
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