Artificial Intelligence Sees Surge in Venture, Growth Investing

Artificial intelligence, which is seen as a transformative technology across a range of industries, is attracting increasing investment in the U.K. and Europe from private-equity firms. But those firms are often making growth or venture-type investments rather than going for full buyouts, as they put a toe in the market to learn about the technology and the companies behind it while also seeking to minimise their risks. “It’s harder to do a PE-driven buyout if you’ve never known the industry and those companies before,” said Soheil Mirpour, senior vice president of investments at Rocket Internet SE, a German internet company that develops startup companies. Mr. Mirpour previously worked at U

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