Tech Nation launches AI growth programme

Tech Nation is calling on Welsh technology companies to apply for its new peer-to-peer growth programme for artificial intelligence.

The industry body said it is looking for founders “who have a clear vision for how their products solve real problems” and “who are applying artificial intelligence in practical areas to create real-world impact”.

Launching in September, the Applied AI programme will serve as a practical network for founders and facilitate peer-to-peer learning across the C-suite.

It’ll host a series of curated dinners and networking events to connect founders with industry experts, journalists, government officials and investors.

Applications will be judged by experts such as Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton; Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX and chair of UK Government AI Council;  andDr Mike Short CBE, chief scientific advisor, DIT.

Minister for digital and creative industries Margot James MP said: “Britain has a long history as a global leader in computing technologies which led to the birth of artificial intelligence.

“Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are delivering a Britain that works for everyone and one that is a world leader in data-driven technologies.

“TechNation’s new Applied AI programme will help nurture some of our most talented entrepreneurs who use AI to improve people’s lives. I encourage anyone with the talent, ideas and aptitude to apply.”

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech Nation, added: “Investment in AI technology has grown almost 6 fold in the last four years, and many AI unicorns are headquartered in the UK, including Darktrace and Graphcore.

“This significant growth means that the need for access to industry knowledge, connections and insights has never been greater, which is why we’re delighted to announce this latest scaling programme for Applied AI companies.”