India's First Domain-Specific Large Language Model for BFSI sector

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May 07, 2024

Setu unveils Sesame - India's First Domain-Specific Large Language Model for BFSI sector

Bengaluru, May 7, 2024 - Setu, a leading Indian fintech company, today unveiled Sesame - India’s first Large Language Model (LLM) specifically designed for the BFSI sector. Developed by Setu in collaboration with indigenous AI research firm Sarvam AI, this breakthrough marks a "ChatGPT Moment" in the financial services space. The unveiling took place at Adbhut India, an event organised by the non-profit People+ai, in the presence of Mr. Nandan Nilekani (Co-founder & Director - EkStep Foundation), Mr. Shankar Maruwada (Co-founder & CEO - EkStep Foundation), Mr. Tanuj Bhojwani (Head - People+ai), and other prominent figures in the world of fintech, AI, and digital public infrastructure.

Sesame leverages the rich data ecosystem enabled by India's digital infrastructure to power features such as improved credit underwriting, fraud detection, loan monitoring, upsell/cross-sell and personal finance advisory. Setu and Sarvam AI have together created Sesame to be both domain and region-specific, by training it on custom data that is highly relevant to India’s BFSI sector. By combining this domain-specific LLM with delivery models that allow enterprise customers to harness the vast amounts of financial data available both internally and externally in a compliant manner, Setu’s vision is to empower BFSI customers to make smarter, faster credit decisions and provide hyper-personalised financial services to their customers across their entire lifecycle.

“At Setu, our mission is to democratise financial services," said Nikhil Kumar, Co-founder of Setu. "We believe that the powerful combination of the Account Aggregator framework and transformative technologies like Large Language Models (LLMs) is the key to making this a reality. Just as India has led the way with groundbreaking innovations like Aadhaar and UPI, we are excited to build meaningful, compliant, and responsible AI applications that showcase India's leadership in Applied AI,” added Nikhil Kumar.

“Generative AI represents a significant step change in the nature of computation. What can be done with one rupee of compute is now dramatically more valuable," said Pratyush Kumar, Co-founder of Sarvam AI. "Our collaboration with Setu is an example of bringing this technology to create value in the BFSI space. We showed that we can significantly increase the accuracy of identifying insights from financial statements. This is a template which we believe can be repeated across sectors where India has created foundational digital public goods,” he added.

About Sarvam AI

Sarvam is an AI research and development company that specialises in creating cutting-edge AI solutions for various industries. With a focus on leveraging AI for social impact, Sarvam collaborates with partners across sectors to drive inclusive growth and empowerment through technology.

About Setu

Setu, part of the Pine Labs Group, is a leading API infrastructure company that is building the rails for digital financial services in India. With a mission to democratise access to financial services, Setu enables developers and businesses to create innovative financial solutions through its open APIs and tools.

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