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Imperial College London leads initiative to turn early-stage AI researchers into successful entrepreneurs

Imperial College London (ICL) is leading a new accelerator project to help early-career AI researchers launch start-ups around their innovations.

The AI SuperConnector will provide researchers with entrepreneurship training and guidance while addressing the unique challenges inherent in the fast-moving area of AI, such as regulatory frameworks and ethical concerns around its use.

“It will combine the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, such as business planning, financing, marketing, and management with foundational knowledge of AI and its applications,” says Simon Hepworth, director of Imperial Enterprise. “The participants will benefit from case studies of successful AI start-ups from all the partner universities to demonstrate how to apply AI in a business context.”

ICL has partnered with the University of York, the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool to launch the six-month accelerator, with nearly £1.5 million in support from the Research England Connecting Capability Fund.

“The AI SuperConnector will transform today’s researchers at the forefront of AI discovery into tomorrow’s start-up and scale-up leaders,” adds Hepworth. “These researchers will already be experts in state-of-the-art AI and its application to societal challenges, but thanks to the AI SuperConnector they will become conversant in commercialization and comfortable in ecosystems that span multiple business sectors.”

Source: Science|Business

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