Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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

Throughout each year, we invite world-class technical talent and successful 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 seed funding.

Along the way, we make two investments: Right at the beginning, to give cofounders breathing room to find an idea and other cofounders that they love. And we invest again when a team is ready to start ramping their traction story.

The entire process takes 12-18 months—to go from ideas on a whiteboard to a multimillion dollar seed round. And as your co-founder, we are with you every step of the way.

  • $29Mfunding raised by our startups
  • $115.5Mcollective valuation of our startups
  • 100+employees now work for 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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    CTO-in-Residence Program

    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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We give our entrepreneurs serious resources to find an idea, find co-founders, build a traction story, and raise venture funding.

up to $400,000invested as monthly stipends to cover salaries, starting at Day One+ up to $500,000additional cash investment when the project is ready to scale= up to $900,000pre-seed startup investment+Help you find other co-founders+Coaching on integrating AI into your product+Access to exclusive AI training and mentorship+Help with business and go-to-market strategy+Inclusion in community of fellow entrepreneurs+Help with fundraising strategy+Intro to investors in our network, as appropriate+FREE office space for you and your entire team+FREE healthy lunches (4x/week) for you and your entire team+$100,000 in FREE Amazon AWS Credits+$100,000 in FREE Google GCP Credits

Beyond AI2 funding, our entrepreneurs have raised tens of millions of dollars from the following venture capital funds

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  • Voyager Capital
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  • vc-partner-autotech
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  • vc-partner-tsingyuan
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  • vc-partner-fantail
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    • press-geekwire-white“Entrepreneurs swarm to get in on the idea factory at AI2"
    • press-techcrunch-white“it’s possible to create powerful AI tools, empower others, and run a real business”
    • press-cnn-white“Artificial voices are starting to sound just like humans”
    • press-the-verge-white“This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power”
    • press-wired-white“Produced the best system in the world, the most accurate by a surprisingly wide margin”

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

  • icon-papers227+papers published by AI2 researchers
  • icon-brain-trust1,200+collective years of engineering and AI research experience
  • icon-phds25+PhDs on staff at our research institute
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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

    Raised $14.6M in funding

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  • WellSaid

    “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 millions of 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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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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    Julia Dallas

    Director of Human Resources
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    Tran Luu

    Director of Operations