More and more people today seek empathy and connectedness by becoming pet owners. At the same time, an ever-increasing share is unable to take good care of their pets because they're busy or allergic. We're addressing this real social need.

Virtual Beings combines AI and psychology to create virtual companions that feel alive and that can interact with people in rich and satisfying ways. We're also building a social platform where our users can connect with others who share their pet passion.

We're based in France and we also work with companies to help them create awesome non-player characters for their own games. Check out our blog if you want to know more about the Why's and How's of our startup.

Founding team

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Wendelin Reich, PhD Founder, owner and CEO-CTO. Wendi is a former research fellow in artificial behavior at Stanford, researcher at Cambridge and Uppsala U., and long-term Unity developer.

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Sophie Peseux Co-founder, managing director and UX lead. Sophie has spent 15 years in the games industry, working on everything from indie hits to successful fundraisers.

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Werner Schirmer, PhD Co-founder, scientific and strategic advisor. Werner is a researcher at Free Univ. Brussels who helps us keep our technical innovations relevant to our target demographics.