AI Startups: You’ll want to read this

July 14, 2017

As this recent opinion piece in the New York Times from Lee Kai-Fu suggests, perhaps the greatest threat of Artificial Intelligence is the devolution into a world AI have- and have-not countries. China, Japan, and the U.S. have taken note, and are dedicating research efforts to the domain. If any European nation possesses the same focused sense of urgency on AI, I am not aware of it.

An effort in Asia is underway to assemble some of the brightest minds working on artificial intelligence, be it from research, corporates, or startups.

Dubbed AI Tech Leaders, this effort will take the form of periodic Summits, starting with the first in Tokyo on August 25th.

At the Tech Leaders Summit, a privileged selection of innovative startups working on artificial intelligence will have an opportunity to mingle with world-renowned AI researchers and corporate innovation departments looking for partners or acquisitions. Corporates include: Denso, IBM, Lite-On, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Persol, Razer, Samsung, Tencent, and Tepco among others.

A maximum of five European startups (with no more than two from any given country) are welcome at the inaugural event. The registration fee is waived for all selected startup finalists.

This is a unique opportunity for startups interested in developing relationships with potential future acquirers in Asia.

To apply

To apply, send the following information by email to

  • name of your company (in the subject field)
  • a 2-3 sentence description of your ambition
  • how your startup uses AI in fulfilling this ambition
  • stage of your startup (concept / prototype / product / revenue)
  • total amount invested, if any
  • location of headquarters and contact information

Applicants who missed the cut for August will be wait-listed for a future AI Summit.

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posted in technology, venture capital by mark bivens

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