- Founders: Caroline Zand-Korteweg and Ingrid van de Pol-Mensing
- Founded in: April 2022
- Employees: 6
- Money raised:-
- Ultimate Goal: Become the default software for all lawyers (worldwide)
Lawyers are usually busy with several cases at the same time and work under great time pressure. Nevertheless, it is important to a case that they read files carefully and in detail. Former lawyers Caroline Zand-Korteweg and Ingrid van de Pol-Mensing came up with a solution: an AI tool that helps lawyers work up to 30 percent faster. The first version hit the market just before Christmas. In this episode of Start-up of the day, co-founder Ingrid van de Pol-Mensing tells more about Uncover.
How does Uncover work?
“You can import the documents you receive from your client as a lawyer into Uncover. This is a program on your computer that you can subscribe to. As you do so, all text in the documents becomes readable and searchable at once. Includes photographs of contract pages, stamps and handwritten notes. The AI models go to work: they categorize based on content. We have included thousands of files in the AI against which the uploaded information is compared.”
“Then you get an overview of everything you have imported, for example two contracts and thirty e-mails. Because you see exactly what you’re dealing with, you can estimate the approximate time it will take you to go through everything. Our AI can also recognize dates. For example, if an agreement was signed three years ago, you want to know when it was signed. AI can determine the date and sort all documents in chronological order from that date. You can also read all the information in the case file from front to back, filter searches or search all documents at the same time.”
How accurate is the program?
“It depends on what kind of data is uploaded, but if everything is legible, the facts and data that are passed on are 99 percent reliable. To ensure that you are not misled, the user always remains in control. For example, you can check if the AI tool has placed something in the right category or if it should be a different one.”
Aren’t you still going through everything yourself?
“You still have to read all the documents before the process. The difference is that everything is already categorized and structured, so you know where to start and where to focus your attention.”
What problem are you trying to solve?
“The legal profession is a profession where people are always under time pressure and must deliver the best possible work as quickly as possible. Often attorneys will print everything and put the stack in order and then go through it one by one. If the practical matters are automated, the time you have left can be spent on substantive legal work. A client’s file will take you a few days. But the reality is that lawyers often have several cases running at the same time, which can easily take a few weeks. Customers also often send new documents later, which means it takes even longer. A file can grow and eventually contain hundreds of documents. If you then have to go through it all again a few months later, you no longer always know exactly how something was or where it was, and you risk doing duplicate work. It is extremely time consuming.”
How did you come up with the idea?
“We were both lawyers for ten years. There we did many procedures that brought us into contact with the problem ourselves. We spent evenings behind our computers going over all those pieces again. I’ve always had all kinds of timers on for all kinds of deadlines. We also saw the development over the years: Files contain more and more documents, and customers want advice faster and faster. We thought there had to be something to overcome it. Digging through files is not a very difficult task, but it is important that everything goes well. Why isn’t anyone trying to break through with technological aids, we wondered. We started looking for a solution, but decided to develop it ourselves. Now is the right time because the world of AI is developing incredibly fast. Tools can now provide real added value.”
Do you want to eventually conquer more sectors with Uncover?
“In principle, the tool can be used in all kinds of sectors, but we don’t want that right now. We believe that we stand out from the competition because we have deep market knowledge and have really experienced the problem ourselves. That is, by lawyers for lawyers. We see ourselves making this product suitable for all types of lawyers rather than a completely different market. What exactly people do in a bank on a minute-to-minute basis is a completely different story.”