Clever chatbot for apartment search looking for investor

20 Oct 2016

A Polish start-up team from Wroclaw has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot that serves as a personal assistant to people searching for rented accommodation.

The bot, called Ada, is an artificial intelligence (AI) program that finds the best rental offers in its vast database based on user’s criteria such as localization or price range. It can ask questions, gather data, keep track of viewings, schedule and arrange meetings with the landlords. All this, to bring the time and effort required to find an apartment down to a minimum.

The Ada team, consisting of Kamil Nicieja, Natalia Świrska and Adam Stankiewicz, started the project in February 2016. At the beginning it was a simple Google form, before evolving into a program that can filter listings from around 50 rental websites available in Poland. It has almost 1,700 registered and 1,209 active users.

According to the Ada team, 82 percent of the offers provided by Ada were viewed at least once, and 30 percent of all Ada’s users scheduled at least one meeting with a landlord. The total number of messages exchanged with the chatbot is 25,000, averaging 16 messages per user.

Ada charges its users per scheduled meeting (with a landlord) at 19 Polish zlotys (or $4,7 U.S.) per 5 meetings. In turn, the landlord pays a fee to receive a detailed profile of potential tenants (29 Polish zlotys or $7,3 U.S. per 5 profiles).

The team is concentrating now on developing the database of flat rental offers, and plans to extend its reach to foreign markets, specifically to Germany and the U.K.. It is also looking for investors to implement new options, including a payment management system.

If you are wondering whether Ada is worth investing in, have a chat with it to find out. It speaks both Polish and English.

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Andrzej Sowula

Andrzej Sowula has been a writer and an analyst for AIM Group since March 2013, focusing on the Polish market. As a journalist, he has worked in Poland for regional newspapers and national Internet-focused magazines for almost a decade. He has also substantial both in-house and in a PR agency experience as a PR specialist. Currently, he owns a small PR consultancy in Poland called PR Solutions. Andrzej has graduated from Journalism, Political Science and Business and Management at Jagiellonian University. He lives and works in Krakow.