Applications open

Digital Catapult is looking for the next cohort of startups to join its flagship artificial intelligence (AI) programme – Machine Intelligence Garage.

Focused on AI startups using internet of things (IoT) data in their models, the programme provides access to computation power, technical capability and industry expertise to develop and build machine learning and AI solutions with the applications of IoT.

Successful applicants will gain access to best in class cloud compute, hosted hardware or UK HPC from programmes partners and collaborators including: AWS, Google Cloud and NVIDIA, alongside IoT and AI focused workshops, mentoring and networking sessions.

Why get involved

Joining the Machine Intelligence Garage as a cohort member provides the unique opportunity to scale your business and technical capability rapidly. Apply now for best in class computational resources, IoT and AI focused technical support and development alongside the benefits of Digital Catapult’s extensive mentor network.

Who should apply

This open call has been designed to support early-stage startups with AI models making use of IoT data.

Successful applicants will have:

  • Business plan: A well defined and viable product or service
  • Ethics: Have completed an assessment and understanding of the ethical impacts of the AI solution
  • Tech plan: Organisations that have tech expertise and an implementation plan
  • Data ready: The necessary data ready to be used

If you’re a startup interested in applying AI technologies to IoT solutions and not ready to apply for the programme in full – please register your interest and we’ll invite you to relevant workshops and activities.

Additional detail

The timeline for the cohort is outlined below:

  • December – Cohort assessed (decision before Christmas)
  • January – Cohort on-boarded and cohort launched
  • February – Cloud platform sessions (workshops/deep dives and office hours sessions)
  • March – Mentorship/speed dating day. End of month showcase/demo day.

We are also keen to have an industry specific roadshow for some of the startups, where we link people to some of the industry players we have identified as useful through surveys with prospective companies.

To apply for the Machine Intelligence Garage programme please register your interest here.

if you are interested in the IoT theme but not ready to apply you can register your interest and we will keep you up to date on the cohort and upcoming events.

The full application process and questions address both business and technical aspects of your organisation, applicants may need to collaborate with other team members when completing this form. We assess applications only on the information provided, please answer the questions to the best of your ability. For more information on how we assess your application please see scoring criteria.

Applications open

To find out more and register your interest in this open call please complete the below form


What's the process?

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  • submit application form icon

    Step 1

    Submit application form

    (30 minutes)

  • review application icon

    Step 2

    Committee reviews application

    (one week from Open Call close)

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    Step 3

    Chosen applicants are invited for a video call interview

    Applicants must be ready to demo tech capability/readiness (45 min)

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    Step 4

    Successful applicants are notified, computation resource plan is agreed

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    Step 5

    Tailored support from programme team