An intensive 6-week programme to nurture and empower early-stage machine learning (AI-first or ML-core) startups. A cohort of top 30 selected startups will get access to high quality mentorship, curated resources and perks (including AWS credits upto $100k), community of leading AI/ML startup founders, exclusive passes for in-person events; and an opportunity to pitch to top-tier VC funds, angels, and industry leaders to accelerate their build, growth, and scale-up journey.

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Meet the most promising ML startups of 2022

Why ML Elevate?

ML SPRINT

Mentorship by industry veterans, VCs, and successful founders

Four weeks of rigorous live virtual mentor masterclasses and AMAs by investors, industry leaders, operators, AWS and Intel’s experts with topics across market sizing, building a strong technical foundation and finding product-market-fit, optimizing MLOps and pipelines, building GTM strategy and developing sales and marketing engines, and raising funds.

    ML TRIBE

    Community of
    AI/ML founders

    Peer-to-peer learning community of 40+ founders and operators (from alumni cohort) who are building AI-first products for Indian and global markets to help you collaborate and learn from each other's successes and pitfalls. Roundtables to discuss topics like hiring, acquiring customers, product growth and ML workflows.

    ML EDGE

    Upto $100k* AWS credits, perks and 1-1 office hours

    Curated perks including AWS credits (upto $100k*), 1-1 mentorship from Accel investment team and 1-1 AWS office hours, ecosystem visibility by YourStory. In addition, startups will have access to Accel’s learning series, Intel’s developer cloud and tools, and partner discount offers by Freshworks, Clevertap and Chargebee.

    ML D-Day

    Pitch to VCs, angels and industry veterans

    Opportunity to pitch in-person to top-tier VCs and super angels, successful founders, operators and domain experts in the AI/ML realm, to help you find potential investors, advisors and customers.

    ML CONNECT

    Ecosystem connects with founders, operators and experts

    Exclusive passes for in-person networking events, meet-ups and dinners hosted by Accel, AWS, Intel and YourStory to enable connections with potential investors, advisors or even customers.

    ML TECH

    Comprehensive set of AI and ML capabilities

    Build your product leveraging the AWS tech stack and a broad set of ML and AI services. Equip your technical team with tech resources, deep dive sessions and 1-1 office hours to reduce your time to market.

    *Startup must also qualify for the AWS Activate program.

    ML Themes

    Computer Vision

    Natural Language Processing
    (NLP)

    Conversational AI
    (Voice and Chat bots)

    ML Operations
    (MLOps)

    Mega Models and ML Platforms

    Automation for Business Users
    (Low-Code/No-Code)

    Edge-2-Cloud

    Robotic Process Automation
    RPA

    Vertical ML Use-cases
    (AI in Fintech, Healthcare, Logistics and Agri)

    ML Elevate 2022 Cohort

    Timeline

    Call for Application
    Sept - Oct
    Bootcamp
    Sept - Oct
    Call for Application
    Sept - Oct
    Call for Application
    Sept - Oct

    Mentors

    From helping you achieve product market fit, adopting the right technology stack, preparing you to acquire or retain customers, hiring the right set of talent to making your startup VC ready, these mentors, and many others, will guide you in building as well as attaining growth and scale.

    Akshay Deshraj

    Founder CTO,
    Skit.ai

    Amitabh Nagpal

    Head of Startup Ecosystem,
    India AWS

    Anand Kulkarni

    Multi Cloud Solution Architect,
    Intel

    Ari Kalfayan

    Senior Business Development Manager,
    AWS

    Arun Dudee

    CTO,
    Dehaat

    Ashish Sahni

    CTO,
    Idfy

    Ashok Hariharan

    CEO,
    Idfy

    Atanu Roy

    Principal Deep Learning Architect, Amazon ML Solutions Lab,
    AWS

    Bill Huang

    Venture Capital, Business & Corporate Development, Intel Capital

    Dinesh Katiyar

    Partner,
    Accel

    Goutam Kurumella

    Senior Manager, Startup Solutions Architecture,
    AWS

    Jithendra Vepa

    Chief Scientist,
    observe.ai

    Karan Mehta

    Founder & CTO,
    Ring

    Mathangi Sri

    Chief Data Officer,
    Yubi

    Prateek Dixit

    Co-founder,
    Pocket FM

    Praveen Jayakumar

    Principal Specialist AI/ML Solutions Architect,
    AWS

    Prayank Swaroop

    Partner,
    Accel

    Rahul Prasad

    CTO & Co-founder,
    Bobble.Ai

    Rahul Shringarpure

    Area Technical Leader,
    AWS

    Rajesh Sawhney

    Founder & CEO,
    GSF Accelerator

    Rob Ferguson

    Principal Business Development Manager AWS ML/AI,
    AWS

    Sanjay Kumar

    CEO & Co-founder, Spyne

    Sanket Dhurandhar

    Principal, AI & Machine LearningPrincipal, AI & Machine Learning,
    AWS

    Slavik Dimitrovich

    Head of Solutions Architecture, Startups across Asia/Pacific/Japan (APJ),
    AWS

    Tariq Wali

    CTO,
    Chingari

    Venkat Narsi Varadarajan

    Director & Head Cloud and Digital,
    Intel

    Vivek Murugesan

    Vice President, ML Engineering,
    Yubi

    Vrushali Prasade

    CTO & Co-founder,
    Pixis

    2021 Highlights

    ML Elevate was the first of its kind mentorship and acceleration program for early-stage ML startups

    Cohort of 30 startups was shortlisted from 210+ applications

    14 startups raised a cumulative ~$50m from the likes of Y-Combinator, 021 Capital, SOSV, Venture Catalysts, Ideaspring Capital, CDC Group.
    Program also enabled 55+ investor and customer connects
    35+ mentor masterclasses and Ask-me-anything sessions by 30+ curated mentors

    Testimonials

    Who should apply?

    AI-First or Core-ML startups that
    leverage AI/ML from Day 1
    Startups that have raised under
    $3 million
    Startups incorporated less than
    three years ago

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