Today 15 startups from the inaugural NextAI program, which is devoted to the commercialization of artificial intelligence, showcased their ventures at the first annual NextAI Venture Day. Over 200 investors, mentors, donors and partners came together at The Globe and Mail Centre to hear the participants of NextAI pitch their businesses, with Intuitive Inc named top venture. Intuitive Inc was awarded free submission into the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, as well as $5,000 in API credits on the Clarifai platform. The companies were assessed by a panel of technology experts including television host Amber Mac, Angela Tran Kingyens, Partner at Version One Ventures, Brett H. Meyer, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, and Matthew Zeiler, Founder and CEO of Clarifai.
“When we launched NextAI, it was to fill a gap in the Canadian AI ecosystem. In Canada, we have been experts at research and education, but these 15 companies are working to actually commercialize AI and build successful businesses,” said Anthony Lacavera, co-chair of NEXT Canada and chair of Globalive Capital. “We’re excited to graduate our first cohort from the program today. Over the last eight months these entrepreneurs have worked with top industry experts and educators to build their businesses, and they’re committed to changing the way everyday Canadians interact with technology.”Read More