Since 2021, Science & Startups has been specifically strengthening research transfer in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a new focus programme. With an initial 6.85 million euros provided by the BMWI and co-financed by the state of Berlin, a unique ecosystem is being created with services specifically for start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence.
With this topic-specific and increasingly entrepreneurial approach to startup support, the programme supports the goal of the startup services of the four Science & Startups partners TU, HU, FU and Charité to develop an ecosystem for research- and science-based startups that is leading in Europe and will be visible worldwide. The programme will focus on an AI-oriented expansion of the entire innovation chain: from the identification of startup potential in research to the targeted acceleration of the feasibility phase to an accelerator programme at the new AI Campus Berlin. The integration of a strong industry network in all innovation phases will be a core element as well as the establishment of an AI Academy for startups and stakeholders. Thus, AI-based startups will be identified, optimally supported and established on the market.
The project will be carried out in close cooperation with the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD), one of the beacons of AI research nationwide. From 2022, BIFOLD is to be permanently established as a national AI center of excellence.
Building on the existing structures of the innovation and startup services, the newly created offerings will significantly increase the quantity of science-based startups in the field of AI and their scalability. This will create startups that will successfully solve the challenges of today and the future.
The project is led by Dr. Tina Klüwer.