The timing was fantastic. Just as startups had been settling into NYU and ffVC’s new brains-fulfill-income accelerator, “AI Nexus Lab,” Uber acquired Geometric Intelligence. In a stroke of luck, the startup that would develop into Uber’s AI lab transpired to have been lifted by NYU Tandon’s Details Potential Labs. Uber’s curiosity in Geometric helped solidify New York’s place in the minds of machine intelligence wonks and brought trader interest to other startups affiliated with the university.
A few months afterwards, the inaugural cohort of the AI Nexus Lab is taking the phase at NYU’s Skirball Middle for the Executing Arts to present demos and progress updates. Addressing finance, health care, robotics, purchaser services and omnichannel retail intelligence, the five startups include:
- Cambrian Intelligence – A customizable functioning program for robots
- Behold.ai – Applying deep learning to reduce medical error
- Alpha Vertex – Analytical equipment for finance
- Klustera – Infusing e-commerce intelligence with brick and mortar insights
- HelloVERA – AI-driven purchaser help
All a few founders I spoke with cited the program’s smaller dimensions as its greatest asset. With mentors like USV’s Fred Wilson, FirstMark Capital’s Matt Turck and Geometric Intelligence’s Gary Marcus, accessibility is the crucial differentiator between an assembly line and a correct accelerator.
Miika Pera of Cambrian Intelligence exclusively noted AI Nexus Lab’s aid with finding pilot clients. In the meantime James Admirer and LiangLiang Cao of HelloVERA pointed to presentation assistance. And whilst it wasn’t explicitly outlined, I’m absolutely sure nobody was complaining about the $one hundred,000 that ffVC invested into every startup.
Supporting founders commercialization efforts tends to be particularly crucial in the machine intelligence room. It is reasonably quick to toss totally free compute and smaller amounts of cash at promising businesses, but really specialized founders most usually require aid tailoring their early-phase startups for product or service market in good shape.
NYU and ffVC plan to proceed their partnership for a second cohort of AI startups. The deadline for the next batch will be Might 3rd, 2017 and that system is predicted to commence July tenth.
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