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Machine Intelligence Garage – Accelerating the UK’s artificial intelligence startups

Open date: Tuesday 26 May 2020   Close date: Sunday 16 August 2020

Garages hold a special place in the history of tech. They are the beginning of great things; a place where game-changing innovations are born and incubated.

Digital Catapult’s flagship AI programme, Machine Intelligence Garage, is an acceleration programme that addresses the challenges today’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) startups face. It provides access to the computation power and support needed to turn potential into reality.

Designed for startups with well defined business models and technical capability, in addition to access to computation power, the programme provides the frameworks and expertise to accelerate the responsible and ethical development and application of AI across industry.

Applications for the next Machine Intelligence Garage cohort are now open – call closes Sunday 16 August.

Why get involved:

For many AI and ML startups access to the computation power and expertise is a barrier to accelerating their growth. Machine Intelligence Garage exists to support UK-based AI and ML startups to:

  • Accelerate market growth and positioning
  • Develop new products and services
  • Increase revenue
  • Grow the team
  • Receive investment

Cohort companies will gain access to computation power and relevant expertise, as well as a range of technical, ethics, business and investment support. Support activities include partner office hours, focused masterclasses, consultations, workshops and deep dives.

To find out more about the programme and partners please visit the website here.

Who should apply?

The Machine Intelligence Garage programme is designed to assist promising early stage startups with:

  • AI-enabled product or services
  • Strong technical teams
  • Immediate need for computation
  • Available data
  • Ethical use of AI

Businesses applying to the programme should:

  • Business plan – Have a well defined and viable product or service
  • Early stage – Be an early or very early stage company
  • Ethics – Companies should have assessed the ethical impacts of the solution
  • Tech plan – Have the tech expertise, team and an implementation plan
  • Data ready – Have the necessary data at hand ready to be used
  • Immediate need – Have an immediate need to access computation power

For more information on how we assess applications, please see the scoring criteria.

Important information for applicants:

Applicants must register interest in the programme using the form below – a confirmation email will be sent with a link to the full application form. Applications close Sunday 16 August 23:59.

The questions within the application form address technical, business and ethical aspects of your organisation and product – you might need to collaborate with other team members when completing this form. The form can be modified and saved at any time before the final submission.

Only applications received before the closing of the open call (Sunday 16 August 23:59) will be reviewed and considered. The selection process takes place approximately every 12 weeks, therefore, if the deadline for submission is missed businesses can register to join the next cohort.

Applicants must read the programme terms and conditions here.

This initiative is part of Digital Catapult’s Machine Intelligence Garage programme, commissioned as part of CAP-AI project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.