Science & Startups is the association of the four startup services of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It provides a gateway and access to the joint programmes and resources of these universities, to successfully start and develop a company. Since 2021, Science & Startups has been specifically strengthening research transfer in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Now they officially launched their new focus programme: K.I.E.Z. (Künstliche Intelligenz Entrepreneurship Zentrum). With an initial 6.85 million euros provided by the BMWI and co-financed by the state of Berlin, a unique ecosystem is being created. K.I.E.Z. is an initiative dedicated to facilitate entrepreneurs in AI with scientific expertise as well as access to capital, industry partners and hiring talent. K.I.E.Z. will be carried out in close cooperation with the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD).
In his statement BIFOLD Co-Director Prof. Dr. Volker Markl emphasized that this initiative is “yet another important building block on the way to establish Berlin in the Champions League of AI locations”. The programme will focus on an AI-oriented expansion of the entire innovation chain: from the identification of startup potential in research to the targeted acceleration of the feasibility phase to an accelerator programme at the new AI Campus Berlin. The integration of a strong industry network in all innovation phases will be a core element as well as the establishment of an AI Academy for startups and stakeholders. Thus, AI-based startups will be identified, optimally supported and established on the market.
On December 2nd, Dr. Tina Klüwer, director of the AI program K.I.E.Z., former founder and CEO of parlamind GmbH as well as board member of the German Federal Association for AI, and Dr. Susanne Perner, technology scout (with AI focus) at TU Berlin’s internal startup service – the Centre for Entrepreneurship, will give an introduction to the new initiative.
Date and time: December 2nd, 2021, 12:30 pm – 13:30 pm
Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship Center, K.I.E.Z.