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Machine Intelligence Garage investor showcase 2019

Open date: Wednesday 13 November 2019   Close date: Wednesday 13 November 2019

Digital Catapult is proud to present and showcase some of the UK’s leading startups working across artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). This is an investor exclusive and targeted event.


Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are already transforming the global economy. These technologies use huge datasets to find better ways of completing complex tasks and range from simple process automation to deep learning. The ability to automate, predict and deliver is at the very heart of digital innovation.

The Machine Intelligence Garage programme supports startups with a well-defined business idea and technical capability for whom access to computation power is a barrier to growth. It provides access to equipment, workshops experimentation-days and networks to help them to get to grips with systems and get their solutions and applications to market faster

Following participation in the tailored programme and workshops this event will present a select group from the programme who are now investment ready and seeking investment from seed through to Series A.

Who should attend

This event is targeted for investors – in particular:

  • Venture capitalists and representatives of investment funds
  • Corporate venture firms and representatives of corporates
  • Angel syndicates, networks and groups
  • Individual angel investors and high net-worth individuals
  • Accelerators and incubators

Why attend

This event has been designed directly with investors in mind – providing the opportunity for the community to:

  • Gain further insights into the latest challenges faced by the AI startups and the opportunities their solutions present
  • Hear from and meet selected machine intelligence startups seeking investment from Seed through to Series A
  • Learn about the UK’s flourishing AI and ML ecosystem
  • Network and catch-up with industry peers and the wider investor community

All Machine Intelligence Garage companies have been through a rigorous selection process and subsequent programme to support and develop ideas, making these companies the leading in the industry and investment ready.


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and breakfast
09:30 – 09:40 Intro to DC and Mi Garage
09:40 – 10:10 AI investor panel
10:10 – 10:40 Company Pitches (part 1)
10:40 – 10:55 Coffee Break
10:55 – 11:25 Company Pitches (part 2)
11:25 – 11:40 Keynote (TBC)
11:40 – 12:30 Networking and lunch

Panel – Investing in AI – where are the opportunities and latest innovations?
We’re excited to be joined by ah AI/ML investment focused panel who would be looking at the industries and applications where AI has the greatest potential, challenges around scaling an AI startup and the role that ethics plays into investment decisions, amongst others.

Sandy McKinnon, Partner at Pentech Ventures
Amelia Armour, Principal at Amadeus Capital Partners
Ben Blume, Principal at Atomico
Itxaso Del Palacio, Investment Director at Notion
Libby Kinsey, AI/ML lead technologist at Digital Catapult

A little more info

The Machine Intelligence Garage Investor Showcase is supported by UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA).

Find out how Digital Catapult is supporting the development and adoption of AI and machine ML technologies here.