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First cohort underway at NextAI; 20 teams set out to develop marketable AI solutions

Mar 13, 2017

A new wave of AI startups is getting their feet under them in NextAI's inaugural program for entrepreneurs. This first cohort of 20 teams is made up of would-be entrepreneurs and students from across Canada and around the world interested in making their mark on the AI ecosystem - whether it's in robotics or chasing dreams.

The qualifying candidates range from idea-generating individuals looking for an application to put their machine learning skills to use, to newly formed companies seeking ways to leverage AI for their solutions. Half of the participants are international, the other half home-grown innovators. 

The areas of research and development are equally eclectic, ranging from fintech, medical and robotics to HR, education and debt collection applications. One team, Cerebrian, is even working on dream recording technology. 

"We were looking for very special skill sets from the applicants," says Graham Taylor, academic director at NextAI. "We weren't just looking for teams with the potential to be business leaders, but also for what they can do for other people in the programs, whether its leadership skills, or AI and machine learning expertise." 

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