Start-up initiative “Take-off”: AI research ideas seek founders

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  • Know-Center launches new start-up program to exploit AI research results for high-tech start-ups
  • Application phase for Educational Technology start-up has begun

Know-Center has launched the initiative “Take-off”, which provides interested founders with brilliant high-tech business ideas and accompanies them all the way to their own start-up. The goal is to exploit research results from the field of artificial intelligence (AI) for business and promote entrepreneurship within the research environment.

“Know-Center, a COMET competence center, has been handling research and industry related projects in the field of data and artificial intelligence for 20 years, which allowed us to gain a great amount of experience when it comes to innovative product ideas. We are ahead of the market and know our way around. We intend to hand over our ideas to potential founders at a very early stage and jointly work on developing marketable products. That way, we are advancing the digital transformation and contribute to location development within Styria,” explains Stefanie Lindstaedt, Managing Director of Know Center.

Young entrepreneurs benefit from the research center’s extensive network of national and international research and industry partners. With the successfully implemented spin-offs e-nnovation, Open Knowledge Map and Invenium, which was taken over by A1 as majority owner, the Know-Center already has extensive experience as a company builder.

Founders for EduTech start-up wanted

AI that assembles lectures independently? A sports bracelet that determines when learning material can best be absorbed? Educational technology modifies learning significantly and offers an enormous amount of application potential. Take-off’s first call for proposals is originated in this promising area and aims to use innovative technologies to support people in teaching and learning in all kinds of different settings.

The initiative is looking for people with programming and management skills and business know-how. It is possible to apply either as a start-up team or individually. A virtual info event on the start-up program and the first call for applications will be held on Aug. 24, 2021.

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About Know-Center

Know-Center is one of Europe’s leading research centers for Data-driven business and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since 2001, well-known companies have been supported in using data as a success factor for their business. The center successfully handles numerous projects and contract research at EU and national level as an integral part of the European research landscape. The K1 Competence Center, which is funded by COMET, is the leading training center for data scientists in Austria and offers a range of AI training and consulting services to companies. The majority shareholder of Know-Center is Graz University of Technology, a major contributor to domestic AI research, whose institutes handle numerous projects together with Know-Center. In 2020, Know-Center was the only Austrian center to receive the iSpace Gold Award by the Big Data Value Association in the category “European Innovation Space”.

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