Papercup is a machine learning start-up that offers an AI-powered dubbing solution that identities human voices in a target film or show and generates dubs in a new language.

Papercup's mission is to make the world's content watchable in any language.

Papercup was founded in 2017 by Jesse Shemen and Jiameng Gao. The company is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.


Papercup’s synthetic voices sound genuinely human, and enable faster turnaround at a fraction of the cost of traditional dubbing. Papercup tackles all forms of content, making video and audio more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”


Papercup offers a catalog of voices with “realistic” tones and emotions. Many of these have been used in internal communications, corporate announcements and educational materials in addition to films and TV.


Papercup, claims its technology is being employed by media giants Sky News, Discovery, and Business Insider and was used to translate 30 seasons of Bob Ross’ iconic show, “The Joy of Painting.”.


Papercup is backed by LocalGlobe, Octopus Ventures, Sands Capital, Sky, Guardian Media Ventures, Entrepreneur First, BDMI, and others. The company raised $20M in Series A round on Jun 09, 2022. This brings Papercup's total funding to $30.5M to date.



  • Year founded: 2017
  • Funding Info: $30.5M over 3 Rounds (Latest Funding Type: Series A)
  • Yearly Revenue: NA
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: London
  • State: London
  • Country: United Kingdom
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