Building a startup with AI at its core brings unique challenges compared to traditional tech startups. As I’m heading into selection of the 4th Techstars Montréal AI cohort, I wanted to share some of the insight gained from working with the 30 AI startups that went through the program since it started in 2018. It wasn’t easy to sum that up in a short list of takeaways but these are the five main things that stand out.
(There’s an English version of this post if you prefer)
Avec le printemps qui arrive, notre recherche est lancée pour dénicher les 10 startups d’IA qui formeront la cohorte Techstars Montréal AI 2021. Ce sera déjà la 4e cohorte de notre programme d’accélération et c’est excitant de voir les 30 alumni progresser (relisez les annonces des cohortes 2018, 2019 et 2020). Curieux d’en savoir plus? Voici donc un peu plus de détails sur le genre de startups que l’on cherche ainsi que des événements à venir où nous serons présents.
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(Note: on a une version en français de cet article)
Building on a group of 30 amazing alumni (2018, 2019, and 2020), we’re now looking for the next group of 10 world-class AI startups to join our accelerator program starting in September. Read on for more info about the type of companies we’re looking for as well as upcoming events where you can meet us.
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