Techstars Montréal AI doesn’t focus on a given industry. AI isn’t an industry, it transforms industries. Startups who did the program worked on reducing the usage of pesticides in agriculture, enabling women to take control of their fertility, allowing transit agencies to operate dynamic bus routes, or transforming how legal research is done. These are just a few examples.
So if we’re not focusing on a given industry, what are we looking for?
1- AI is at the core of the product. That product is aiming at a well-defined problem for which a novel use of AI on a unique dataset brings a much better solution vs existing ones;
2- Product that make broad adoption of AI easier. Talent is hard to find, AI expertise is extremely hard to find. Many companies could leverage AI in their business but lack the skills to do it, you bridge that gap;
3- You make running AI products easier. Running a core-AI product brings a unique set of operational challenges that standard SaaS product don’t face. Your startup builds tools and infrastructure making the operation of AI startups easier;
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