A program to develop the future champions of
artificial intelligence


Apply now to one of our business challenges to participate in the third season of the AI@Centech program, starting in July 2021.


    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


    As part of the registration process for the AI@Centech program, you share certain personal data with THALES, in particular, the names, first names and contact details of the founders of your company ("Personal Data").
    This Personal Data is processed for the purpose of studying applications; security and compliance with applicable legal requirements. The purposes here referred to are necessary for the operation of the AI@Centech program offered by THALES.

    For each of the purposes set out above, unless otherwise required by law, your Personal Data will be kept for two (2) years from the time it is collected.

    THALES also reserves the right to transmit and give access to all or part of the personal data collected to the targeted staff of other entities and subsidiaries that are part of Thales Group in the context of this processing for the purposes of administration, supervision, management. THALES information systems and/or maintenance of its information systems.

    In any event, you have the right to access your personal data. For legitimate reasons, you can request access, communication, modification, rectification and erasure of your data. You also have the right to request a limitation of processing and to object to their processing.

    For any request or complaint, you can send an email to ai-at-centech@thalesdigital.io.

    You can also contact our Personal Data Protection Officer by sending an email to the following address: dataprotection@thalesgroup.com.

    In any event, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection authority.


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