From chat to story thanks to generative AI:Mentessa announces smart mentor at work

May 18, 2023

Mentessa, the Munich start-up that promotes an inclusive
corporate culture and equal opportunities in companies, has launched the introduction
of a smart mentor at work:

Since 2019, the young company has been developing a collaborative platform that
brings people in companies together so that they can learn from and with each other.
The acceptance of hybrid work models with the pandemic increased the pressure on
companies to ensure a connected learning culture – despite working from home. With
automated “rituals”, Mentessa ensures more exchange and connections in virtual
teams, even without AI.

With, the HR Tech company from Germany creates a holistic approach.
From onboarding to retirement, the assistant accompanies employees on their
long-term employee journey. The solution relies on generative AI to use the “story” of
each employee as a context for individual tips for networking and further developing
their skills.

The company acts not only as an agent for isolated matching, but also as a “work
mentor” who supports a culture change towards more collaboration and knowledge
sharing on the job. Mentessa takes a unique approach to creating a silo-free culture,
breaking down barriers to diversity and collaboration in the workplace, and leveraging
connected learning.

Generative AI models such as ChatGPT have led to a number of innovations since their
introduction a few weeks ago – especially in the syndication of formal knowledge
available in the form of written documents. Unlike ChatGPT, Mentessa also uses novel
knowledge that other models don’t have access to – the informal knowledge in people’s

The rapidly changing VUCA world has significantly increased the importance of a
culture of exchange and lifelong learning. Current enterprise technologies do not focus
enough on the informal knowledge and experience of each employee and do not
provide a safe and flexible space for rapid learning and continued development.
Mentessa closes a gap here and at the same time creates fairer conditions for career
development and collaboration in the modern office.

Andrey Andreev, CTO of Mentessa, says: “Unlike other solutions, our core competence
lies in accompanying the employee journey holistically over a longer period of time.
Generative AI is a tool for that – kind of like a chat from onboarding to retirement.”
Tina Ruseva, CEO and Founder of Mentessa, says: “In the continuously changing
VUCA world, learning is becoming a key competence of organizations. Empowering
employees, regardless of background, role or skill set, is not only fair, it is also a
necessity for innovation and success in the future of work.”

About Mentessa

Mentessa is a collaborative learning platform that enables more knowledge sharing and
networking in hybrid organizations. The start-up from Munich has been committed to a
silo-free corporate culture since 2019 by enabling employees to learn and work from
and with one another. After only a year on the market, Mentessa had won a number of
customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Linde and OTPbank, including internationally.
More than 5000 people use Mentessa in different organizations and communities to find
a mentor, advance their career or share their experiences. In addition to prominent
networks and the media, Mentessa was recently recognized by NASDAQ for creating
equal opportunity for all in the workplace.

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