We build AI-first startups. Join us, and let’s build a company around you.

The AI2 Incubator helps launch AI-first startups. We are an initiative of the Allen Institute for AI—a world-leading A.I. research institute with over 150+ A.I. PhDs, researchers, engineers, and support staff.

Each year, we invite talented engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to join our incubator on a rolling basis. We help them come up with ideas, find co-founders, engage pilot customers, define their product, incorporate the latest A.I. techniques into their technology, and raise millions of dollars in venture funding.

We also invest up to $800,000 into the companies we work with. This investment capital comes from some of the best investors in the world, including four industry-leading VCs—Madrona Venture Group, Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, and Two Sigma Ventures.

More than anything else, this is an extraordinary community, all working together to help each other succeed. And as your cofounder, we are with you every step of the way.

Join us — and let’s build a new (AI-first) startup, around you.

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  • $42.5Mfunding raised by our startups
  • $315.5Mcollective valuation of our startups

We help entrepreneurs and technical cofounders to form new teams and build AI-first startups.

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    Entrepreneur-in-Residence (CEO)

    We help business-focused founders to pair with technical cofounders that specialize in AI. We then help teams to come up with ideas, integrate AI into their products, build traction, raise VC funding, and more.

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    Future CTO / Technical Co-Founder

    We help skilled engineers to strengthen their AI capabilities and find a CEO/business partner. We then help teams to come up with ideas, integrate AI into their products, build traction, raise VC funding, and more.

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    Entrepreneurial Investigator

    We help students and researchers to create new startups alongside their academic commitments. Participants pair with skilled CEOs and CTOs to turn AI technologies into exciting new products.

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For select entrepreneurs, the incubator provides a significant amount of support.

$120,000 Salary
$10,000/month stipend for 12 months (in the form of an investment) to ease your transition from the big company life to the startup life.
Help Finding a Co-Founder
We help you find your future cofounders, by matching you with people from our highly vetted community, that have complementary skills
You will likely hire several of your first employees through our talent network
A.I. Support
Coaching on integrating latest A.I. into product
, Mentorship from research paper authors
Support with v1 brand, product experience
, Support creating your v1 UX/UI design
Unique access to customer discovery contacts
, Help and support finding pilot customers
Private coworking space with fellow founders
, 50+ mentors, A.I. coaches, investors, advisors
Sounding board on business models, strategy
, Sounding board on sales, marketing, go-to-market
Coaching on incorporation and patents
, Discounted access to leading law firms
Support with fundraising strategy
, Introductions to venture investors in our network
12+ months of free office for your team
, A stunning roof deck and event space
Free cloud credits to train models
, Investment of laptops, hardware as needed

The journey takes anywhere from 6-18 months to go from an idea on the whiteboard to a multimillion dollar venture funding round
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    Phase 1 : Idea vetting + cofounder matching
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    Phase 2 : Product definition + customer discovery
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    Phase 3 : Customer validation + early traction
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    Phase 4 : Fundraising + expanded hiring

Our incubator fund is backed by some of the best investors and executives in the world

  • Madrona Venture Group
  • Sequoia
  • Kleiner Perkins
  • Two Sigma Ventures
  • Jeff Dean
    Jeff Dean
    Google Senior Fellow
  • Jeff Wilke
    Jeff Wilke
    CEO Amazon Worldwide Consumer
  • Adam Selipsky
    Adam Selipsky
    CEO, Tableau Software
  • Sujal Patel
    Sujal Patel
    Founder, Isilon
  • Carol Reiley
    Carol Reiley
    Serial entrepreneur, co-founder Drive.ai
  • Laura Butler
    Laura Butler
    Fmr. Microsoft Technical Fellow
  • Leigh McMillan
    Leigh McMillan
    CEO, Whitepages
  • Charlie Bell
    Charlie Bell
    Sr. VP, Amazon Web Services
  • Chris Ré
    Chris Ré
    Stanford Professor & Founder of Lattice
  • Nadia Shouraboura
    Nadia Shouraboura
    Entrepreneur, PhD, former Technology VP at Amazon
  • Shwetak Patel, PH.D.
    Shwetak Patel, PH.D.
    UW Professor & Founder of Zensi
  • Jeff Hammerbacher & Halle Tecco
    Jeff Hammerbacher & Halle Tecco

Our entrepreneurs build their startups inside of a leading AI research institute and get access to world-class technical experts.

  • icon-papers367+papers published by AI2 researchers
  • icon-brain-trust1,200+collective years of engineering and AI research experience
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  • Speech & Acoustic Processing

    We train computers to artificially simulate human speech, to convert speech into text or text into speech, or to analyze an audio signal to extract insights and meaning.

    Key projects:

    • Blue Canoe Blue Canoe uses AI and speech recognition to increase business productivity by helping non-native English speaking employees communicate clearly with colleagues and customers.
    • WellSaid WellSaid creates life-like synthetic voice for next generation experiences, products, and content.

We surround our entrepreneurs with 150+ AI PhDs, researchers, engineers, and fellow founders—a support community like no other.

The proof is in the AI companies we help to build.

  • Xnor


    “AI everywhere, on every device.”

    XNOR bridges the growing divide between AI models dependent on the cloud and devices running at the edge, on devices as basic as a Raspberry Pi Zero. The company’s patented technology has upended traditional AI, resulting in billions of devices and products being AI-optimized—from battery operated cameras, to complex manufacturing machinery and cars.

    Ali Farhadi, PhD & Mohammad Rastegari, PhD

    Acquired by Apple in 2020

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    “A voice for everyone.”

    WellSaid creates truly life-like synthetic voices for next generation voice experiences, products, and content. The company’s text-to-speech editor offers video producers an inexpensive, subscription-based alternative to costly voice actors, without the robotic-sounding voices of traditional software.

    Michael Petrochuk & Matt Hocking

    Raised millions of dollars in funding

  • Lexion


    “An intelligent Dropbox, for your contracts.”

    Lexion reads your contracts, extracts terms, and organizes them — saving you time and money. The product supercharges not just Legal teams, but everyone in the organization who touches contracts.

    Gaurav Oberoi, Emad Elwani & James Baird

    — Raised $4.2M in funding
    — Backed by and partnered with Wilson Sonsini

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  • Blue Canoe


    “It’s good business, spoken clearly.”

    Blue Canoe uses AI and speech recognition to increase business productivity by helping non-native English speaking employees communicate clearly with colleagues and customers. Productized into an engaging game experience, Blue Canoe teaches basic and specialized vocabulary and rewires the brain’s library of language sounds for better pronunciation and retention.

    Sarah Daniels & Tony Andrews

    — Raised $3.9 million dollars in funding
    — 2019 Winner, Qualcomm Ventures, Female Founder of the Year



    “Conversational understanding as a service.”

    KITT.AI makes technology to enable voice interaction with digital devices and services, including a platform that allows people to “wake up” devices with a defined word or phrase, and systems for natural language understanding and dialogue management.

    Xuchen Yao, PhD & Guoguo Chen, PhD Kenji Sagae

    Acquired by Baidu in 2017

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    Today’s work is complex. Working everywhere and all the time. Stuff scattered across many apps. It’s painful to keep up. PANDA is about getting more done, working less, and being happier. PANDA works by applying breakthrough Natural Language Processing AI in ridiculously practical ways to help teams stay on the same page. PANDA is currently available through its early access program.

    Aaron Goldfeder & Yue Ning

    Raised $3.3M from PSL Ventures, Ascend and AI2.

  • WhyLabs


    “Run AI with certainty”

    WhyLabs is on a mission to build the interface between humans and AI applications. As teams across industries adopt AI, WhyLabs enables them to operate with certainty by streamlining model monitoring, preventing costly model failures, and facilitating cross-functional collaboration.

    Alessya Visnjic, Sam Gracie, Andy Dang & Maria Karaivanova

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  • Ozette


    “High-Resolution Immune Profiling”

    Ozette’s immune profiling platform uses cutting edge A.I. to provide insights that help answer some of the most pressing questions, such as whether or not a therapy works for an individual patient or if we can determine a patient’s disease before they have physical manifestations. Answering these critical questions and understanding the complexity of the immune system in health and disease helps scientists and doctors to drive towards better patient outcomes.

    Ali Ansary, Greg Finak, Raphael Gottardo, Evan Greene

    $6MM in seed funding from Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital, $6MM in grant funding

Behind every great effort is a great team, and the AI2 Incubator’s team is no exception.

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    Oren Etzioni

    Chief Executive Officer
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    Jacob Colker

    Managing Director
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    Vu Ha

    Technical Director
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    Bryan Hale

    Managing Director
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    Jen Dumas

    Senior Legal Counsel
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    James Allard

    Chief Operating Officer
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    Brian Fling

    Head of Design
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    Jackie Moe

    Community Manager
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    Tran Luu

    Director of Operations