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Machine Intelligence Garage cohort 14 – Accelerating the UK’s artificial intelligence startups

Open date: Wednesday 21 July 2021   Close date: Sunday 22 August 2021 Apply now

Digital Catapult’s flagship AI acceleration programme, Machine Intelligence Garage, addresses the challenges today’s UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) startups face.

Designed for early-stage companies with well defined business models and technical capability, Machine Intelligence Garage provides the tools, resources and expertise needed to accelerate business growth and raise investment.

Applications for the next Machine Intelligence Garage cohort are now open – call closes Sunday 22 August at 23:59.

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 by providing:

  • Accelerate market growth and positioning: Working with Machine Intelligence Garage experts provides cohorts the opportunity to learn and develop, leading to greater market positioning and growth.

  • Develop new products and services: Through the access to greater computational power and expertise, Machine Intelligence Garage is the perfect place to foment new ideas and test, learn and explore new market opportunities.

  • Ethical support: Programme participants are provided with a range of tools that centre on helping startups use data and run operations more ethically and responsibly, whilst embedding good practice within the company and product.

  • Technical support and workshops: In addition to computation power, including cloud credits for AWS, access to deep learning servers and specialist hardware; the Machine Intelligence Garage also offers technical support activities such as partner office hours, focused workshops and regular meetups.

  • Investment and fundraising: Through the investor focused activities and pitch training, the programme offers the opportunity for selected startups to grow, develop and raise investment.

  • Continued programme support: There are two phases of programme support, after the primary cohort attendance, continued participation is offered allowing participants to benefit and join workshops of relevance

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