A program to develop the future champions of
artificial intelligence


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.

Key Features_


Access to
Thales' markets

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.


Support to

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?

Season 2_

Season 1_






Business opportunities explored

Demo Day_

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.


The people we all rely on to make the world go around – they rely on Thales.

Our customers come to us with big ambitions to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible today.

From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster, mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way.


To help create a safer world, we serve five keys sectors.


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.


are you a startup or a future actor in the AI-ecosystem, and want to be part of the adventure?

Contact us!


Thales - Centech innovation cell
1000 Saint-Jacques street, suite J-2100
Montreal (Quebec) H3C 1G7

Thales - cortAIx location
6650 Saint-Urbain street, suite 350
Montreal (Quebec) H2S 3G9


This website has been realized under the supervision of Thales Digital Factory's communication and AI@Centech teams.

CMS Architecture & Development, Graphic Design, UX



Thales Digital Factory and AI@Centech

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