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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Both ‘at-the-edge’ and in the cloud, we train computers to identify and process images in the same way that human vision does, and then provide appropriate output/insights.
We train computer algorithms to handle new situations via analysis, self-learning, observation and experience—removing manual identification of features in data.
We train computers to understand and read human text—bridging the translation gap between human languages and computer code—and opening a world of possibilities.
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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
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.
“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
“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