AI@Centech is a six-month international accelerator program for growth stage AI-enabled startups. Run by Thales in cooperation with Centech, it aims to accelerate startups by providing them with advice, expertise and access to Thales’ technological platforms, allowing them to co-build cutting-edge solutions for the Group's markets whilst supporting the emergence of the next worldwide Artificial Intelligence (AI) champions.
A business coach guides each accelerated startup to give them access to Thales’ markets and customers upon definition of well-adapted use cases.
Together, we develop innovative Proofs of Concept to demonstrate the value that Thales and startup can create.
Access to AI
In addition to its business coach, one artificial intelligence coach is appointed per startup to help them enhance their products.
With dedicated workshops, meetings or Design Thinking sessions, we help startups improve their offers by giving them access to required and relevant expertise.
We support startups to successfully prepare their fundraising. We introduce them to external VCs and potentially, if common interest, to Thales Corporate Venture.
To raise accelerated startups at the top, we also help you with coaching to prepare your presentation and pitch to VCs.
Participation in Thales’s booth in exhibitions, as well as Thales’ internal events and media exposure.
Through Thales global network, we highlight startups to put them on stage and make them meet the right people for their needs and objectives.
AI Ecosystem collaboration_
The purpose of the program is to collaborate in an open-innovation mode on real business challenges and develop high-value opportunities. Founded on the strength of its offer, partnerships and location, AI@Centech acts as a major actor in one of North America's most important AI and entrepreneurship ecosystems, located in Montreal.
Are you looking for a first-class partner to help you master the challenges you are facing in open-innovation mode?
Business opportunities explored
The closing event of the first season took place on January 30th, 2020. During this event, we brought together clients, the AI-ecosystem and Thales colleagues to meet and witness the results of our collaboration.
After a short conference, the startups were able to pitch their solutions and network with Thales stakeholders.
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Centech offers startups the richness of an environment conducive to development while giving high visibility and access to a considerable network, workspaces, meeting rooms and other related services.
Created in 1996 by the École de Technologie Supérieure, Centech is located in the heart of Montreal's Quartier de l'Innovation. With its two programs - Acceleration and Propulsion - CENTECH acts as a veritable growth machine and has created one of the greatest densities of high-level tech entrepreneurs in Canada.
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