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AI Ecosystem Accelerator for Startups Launches at University College Dublin

Pictured (l-r) are; Tom Flanagan, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, NovaUCD; Dara Calleary TD, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Marina Donohoe, Head, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and Dr Ricardo Simon Carbajo, Director of Innovation and Development, CeADAR. Picture Credit; Julien Behal
Pictured (l-r) are; Tom Flanagan, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, NovaUCD; Dara Calleary TD, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Marina Donohoe, Head, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland and Dr Ricardo Simon Carbajo, Director of Innovation and Development, CeADAR. Picture Credit; Julien Behal

Dublin, Ireland, 15 January 2024, 

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerator programme for startups launched at University College Dublin (UCD).

The 6-month AI Ecosystem Accelerator, which begins in April, will be delivered by NovaUCD, the university’s hub of innovation and startup activities, in partnership with CeADAR, Ireland’s National Centre for Applied AI. 

The focus of the new programme is to support entrepreneurs who are developing disruptive AI solutions in sectors including, healthcare, cybersecurity, education, sustainability, finance, content creation, supply chain and customer service, for a global market.

The programme is being funded through the European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) framework, a Europe-wide initiative with funding of €700m from both the European Commission and the Governments of member states. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, through Enterprise Ireland, is leading on the EDIH programme for Ireland and CeADAR has been designated as the European Digital Innovation Hub in AI for Ireland. 

Targeted supports for participants on the AI Ecosystem Accelerator include a dedicated commercial mentor and workshops on value proposition, route to market, sales strategies and securing investment.

Participants will have access to co-working space at NovaUCD and access to the NovaUCD community of founders, investors, business partners and student interns, and to CeADAR’s EDIH services which include AI technologies, and research expertise with technical mentorship.

Applications are open for the programme via https://www.ucd.ie/innovation/aiecosystem/

VCWire

15/01/2024