How to apply

Machine Intelligence Garage runs multiple open calls a year for leading AI and ML startups to join the programme, providing access to the computation power and support needed to turn potential into reality.

How are startups chosen?

Below is the application process for the programme, how applications are selected and the onboarding process.

Application completion

When an open call is active, registrations of interest will receive a confirmation email with a link to the full application form. To complete your application you will need to submit this form before the open call closing date.

Applications judged and shortlisted

Once applications close, completed applications are judged and assessed based on the selection criteria and a shortlist selected.

Interview with the team

If your application is successful, at the next stage applicants will be invited to an interview with the team, where we’ll seek to learn more about your solution.

Teams join the cohort

Once onboarded, cohort companies will take part in workshops with mentors and experts, alongside a tailored programme.

The Investor Showcase

Once a year the Investor Showcase is held, where cohort companies can pitch for funding.


For many AI and ML startups access to computational power and expertise is a barrier to accelerating their growth. Machine Intelligence Garage exists to support startups from across the UK, providing a range of benefits:

Accelerate market growth and positioning

Working with Machine Intelligence Garage experts provides cohorts the opportunity to learn and develop, leading to greater market positioning and growth.

Develop new products and services

Through the access to greater computational power and expertise, Machine Intelligence Garage is the perfect place to foment new ideas and test, learn and explore new market opportunities.

Ethical support

Programme participants are provided with a range of tools that centre on helping startups use data and run operations more ethically and responsibly, whilst embedding good practice within the company and product.

Technical support and workshops

In addition to computation power, including cloud credits for AWS or Google Cloud Platform, access to deep learning servers and specialist hardware; the Machine Intelligence Garage also offers technical support activities such as partner office hours, focused workshops and regular meetups.

Investment and fundraising

Through the investor focused activities and pitch training, the programme offers the opportunity for selected startups to grow, develop and raise investment.

Continued programme support

There are two phases of programme support, after the primary cohort attendance, continued participation is offered allowing participants to benefit and join workshops of relevance.

Programme timeline

Machine Intelligence Garage runs multiple open calls a year – check out the programme timeline below to discover when our next open call will go live. If an open call is live you can register to apply or register to be informed when open calls go live. Interested companies can register interest at anytime regardless of open call status. 

Selection criteria

We select cohorts based on a set criteria – find out how applications are scored and judged

Terms and conditions

Applications and onboarding follow programme focused terms and conditions

About the programme

Find out about the programme and who it is developed by

Any questions about the programme?

Read the FAQs for the answers to our frequently asked questions

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