With a name meaning “smart and agile” in Farsi, Zebel aims to streamline construction-project planning by helping clients learn from their historical data.

Co-founded by Hamid Hajian WG18 and Ramtin Kermani through Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program in San Francisco, Zebel offers software that enables real estate developers and contractors to quickly obtain cost estimates for future projects by comparing rough designs for those projects with data from past ones. Used by customers in early conceptual stages, Zebel makes it possible to quickly evaluate designs and — the company promises — reduce time needed for feasibility analyses from a month to an hour.

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