AI Startup Upstage Receives $27 Million Series A Funding led by SoftBank Crowdfund Insider. : AI startup Upstage has raised $27 million in a Series A funding round led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Company K Partners. Korea-based Upstage is a firm that develops technologies designed to enable any company to easily adopt AI technology. Upstage is developing the “AI Pack” to serve as an AI solution that standardizes and automates key tasks such as data annotation and feedback. Since October 2020, Upstage reports that over 100 companies have inquired to possibly apply AI to their businesses.